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    finishes for baby bed

    been working on the baby bed and it's near completion. looking for the best finish to use seeing that lil man will probably plant his teeth into the rail a few thousands times before he grows out of it.

    thanks for any help
    chris

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    Shellac is always a good choice, easy to apply, repair and it is food safe, after all, most chocolate, and candy have a shellac coating on them, plus pills etc.

    BTW, where are the pics.............??
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    i`ll second the shellac recomendation......beetle poop hasn`t hurt anybody yet
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    Chris,
    I'll third shellac - especially for the repair aspect. One other thought - we added the rubber edges to my son's crib during the teething stages (slip on and off friction fit). They are available at most big box stores. They worked remarkably well.

    FWIW,
    Wes

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    ok, so it looks like shellac is a good idea

    so how hard is it to use, i have never used it before. i'd really hate to mess this thing up, sure i could rebuild it, but maybe not after loml pounded my head in

    pics to come stu

    thanks guys
    chris

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    The biggest thing to remember when using Shellac is that it dries REAL fast, so don't tackle a large area all at once. Buy the flaked stuff and cut it with DNA.

    Oh yeah, make sure you apply it in a WELL ventilated area, that alcohol smell can give you quite the buz but a HUGE Headache.....................DAMHIKT

    Lots of info here..........

    http://www.woodcentral.com/bparticles/shellac.shtml

    http://www.popularwoodworking.com/fe...ea.asp?id=1206

    Good luck!!

    .........still no pics eh?
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    pics added

    thanks stu...i'll check into that

    boy you don't give up on them pics huh...

    here ya go

    Attachment 6728

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    Attachment 6732


    the last pic is the inspiration pic. it is supposed to look like that but in that pic one of the rails is removed. of course mine will have rails on both sides then will be converted to a toddler bed later by removing one rail and replacing it with a lower rail for support.

    hope that helps stu

    thanks for the info
    chris

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    Chris, I can see why you don't want to screw this one up, NICE JOB!!!

    I think a coat of Shellac will only enhance it, looks VERY good!

    Thanks for posting the pics!
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    Hi Chris.

    There is a very good article in the current issue of "WoodWork" magazine on the different types of finishes. The article was written by Bob Flexner, a well known finishing expert.

    Bob, among other points in his article, states that ALL currently marketed wood finishes are food safe. The problem in the past was with regard to lead being used in the finish. Since finishes are now lead free, the finishes are safe.

    You might want to pick up a copy of this issue of WoodWork. It is a darn good magazine.

    Of course shellac is always a good choice. It is even used as a coating on medicine pills.

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    I finished this with three coats of amber shellac from flakes I bought at LV...it's been a very good finish and withstood my latest little vandal.


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