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Dick Bernard
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Apr 24th, 2017 at 5:36am
 
Seven months ago I became a grandfather for the first time...what a great feeling.
I'm making my little guy a rattle out of walnut and maple.  My question is, is 2 or 3 coats of BLO a safe finish to use?

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Re: Safe for a baby
Reply #1 - Apr 24th, 2017 at 6:44am
 
BLO would not be my choice because of the metallic driers in the finish.  Unfortunately, I don't know of a good alternative.  I would probably used walnut oil (Mahoney's Utility Finish).

It would make a difference to me whether it was a captured ring type rattle (difficult to finish) or a smooth exterior with a hollow inside that contains beads/beans/peas/popcorn, etc. If it were a smooth exterior I might use General Finished Woodturners finish or another water based finish.
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Reply #2 - Apr 24th, 2017 at 8:17am
 
Without getting into the "all finishes are safe once cured" discussion.
You can either go with NO finish or use something like a toymakers finish.
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Reply #3 - Apr 24th, 2017 at 9:28am
 
I've used Mahoney's Walnut oil finish and then the oil/wax on top of that.  It's food safe and with walnut oil and beeswax, it's pretty "natural".
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Reply #4 - Apr 25th, 2017 at 7:56am
 
IMO, I feel wooden rattles for babies are not a good thing at all. Once they start teething they will start to gnaw on the wood. The potential for the baby to get a splinter is to high to make this a good idea.

Instead how about a baby tooth keepsake box for the mom. As the child loses their baby teeth the mom can save them inside the box. Its the kind of thing that will be around for a very long time.
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Reply #5 - Apr 25th, 2017 at 8:39am
 
One could consider the product Osmo Topoil clear. It is certified suitable for children's toys. As mentioned already fully cured finishes have been discussed profusely however two schools of thought remain.
Osmo makes a number of wood finish products all of which could be dabated however the Topoil product has been specifically tested and certified for use on items to handled by children. I have been trying it and it does resul in a nice hard easy to clean wood surface.
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