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Forum topic by MrRon posted 02-03-2015 09:05 PM 803 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2015 09:05 PM

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I need to finish a baby crib I made from pine. Is there any finish I should be concerned about using due to it being for a baby?
I was thinking about; first a wash coat of shellac, followed by light sanding; second, 2 coats of an oil base stain and third a satin coat of polyurethane varnish.

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#1 posted 02-03-2015 10:54 PM

Outside of oil based polyurethane you should be fine with most finishes. Does the crib have a plastic cover for teething rails? if not, those are a great addition and can both protect the wood from the child and the child from the wood. When I made the one for my kids I used shellac and wipe on poly.

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#2 posted 02-03-2015 11:07 PM

I would be a little leary of oil based stains as some might have some form of metallic driers. Same goes for BLO. Safest would be shellac as a finish with water based dyes for color.

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#3 posted 02-03-2015 11:59 PM

I had to make a few cages for a guy who breeds and sells Reptiles.
He needed a finish that could be ‘Chewed” by these critters.
The best I could find locally was Varathyne water based poly.
It’s been 8 years and so far so good.
google “Baby Safe Finishes”. There are quite a few companies out there.

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#4 posted 02-04-2015 11:56 AM

I mulled that question over many times when thinking about my baby crib project. The consensus seemed to be, that once fully cured most finishes are safe to gnaw on for a bit.

In the end though, I opted to play it safe and go to nature, so I am going with amber shellac on my oak crib. You can’t beat a product that is used to coat pills with. That has to be food safe.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#5 posted 02-04-2015 06:07 PM

Thank you for your input. Finishing is not one of my strong areas. I figure a baby cradle will only be used for a year before going to something bigger.

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