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Forum topic by RockyTopScott posted 05-24-2013 01:43 PM 1603 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RockyTopScott

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05-24-2013 01:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ash

I have a grandson on the way in the fall.

My daughter wants the crib, changing table, etc. all painted white (arguing this point with a pregnant woman is futile).

What type of wood would be suitable?

I am considering poplar, birch and ash.

Suggestions are welcome.

Thanks
RTS

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell


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Sandra

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#1 posted 05-24-2013 01:49 PM

Smart man!

If it’s all being painted white, then I would say whichever is most economical. I would wait to hear from someone who has built cribs though (I haven’t) because I’ve seen lots of teethmarks on cribs and am not sure if the wood makes any difference.

If you would really rather not paint, you can tell your daughter that you’re worried about the wee one ingesting paint, whereas you can put a natural finish on the bare wood which would be safest…..

As irrational as pregnant women can be (I can say this with confidence and experience) the safety factor will win out every time….

Good luck.

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#2 posted 05-24-2013 02:05 PM

Ihave made a couple cribs and used soft maple and finished with sprayed on shellac. shellac is non toxic and a green product if that matters. Ilike the non toxic part because there will be teeth marks in time.

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#3 posted 05-24-2013 02:18 PM

I have used birch and poplar on different cribs, both finished natural. Teeth marks are inevitable so I reasoned that the softer woods have smaller possible chips to gnaw on (haha). Use a greener product for added personal comfort on the finish, painted or not, it will eventually get refinished over time. Build it well and pass it down.

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#4 posted 05-24-2013 09:48 PM

I ended up getting some nice (on sale) poplar at my local hardwood store.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#5 posted 05-24-2013 11:30 PM

If you’re painting I would definitely use the poplar and not birch.

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#6 posted 05-25-2013 01:15 AM

I vote poplar for paint grade.

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