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Forum topic by synecdoche posted 08-06-2013 07:14 PM 939 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2013 07:14 PM

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I just finished assembling a change table for my first child, who is due to arrive any time now. The last step is to finish it. I had been planning to paint it but I ended up liking the look of the natural wood and so I am thinking of just applying some kind of clear protection. What should I be looking at using?

I’d like to preserve the natural look of the wood as much as possible, so no staining. I also want to make sure it is safe as it can be for a baby who will quite likely taste it at some point, given that babies like to taste just about everything at some point or another.


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#1 posted 08-06-2013 07:19 PM

Shellac Slightly amber tint. Non toxic

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 08:40 PM

All finishes, provided that they don’t contain heavy metals, and they almost never do these days, are non-toxic once they are dry. Shellac would be a good choice for your project, since shellac is actually edible. Unfortunately, shellac isn’t terribly durable, but it is quite easy to repair. Nitrocellulose lacquer would also work well, as would a water-borne finish. Polyurethane varnish wouldn’t be my first choice, since it’s a pain in the neck to repair if it gets damaged.

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#3 posted 08-06-2013 08:52 PM

++1 on the shellac it’s safe and easy

-- Richard, North Carolina,

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#4 posted 08-07-2013 06:18 PM


Thank you for not asking the same questions about staining wood.

I rarely stain anything, I will If I have to….....

Congrats on the new addition to the home.

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