Q: I am building a crib for my new son. I want to know what kind of finish I can put on it that will not be harmful or make him sick if he chews on the wood.
John Brock: Nearly any fully-cured finish would be fine, but you will be hard pressed to find a certification on the finish can itself. Personally, I would use fresh, dewaxed shellac. It is easily repaired between sibling cycles. Food grade shellac is routinely used in candy and medication manufacture.
Richard Jones: All film forming finishes, once fully dry, are, as far as I know, harmless.
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