Safely staining a baby crib - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum

 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 Old 09-09-2008, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 2
View SonjaH's Photo Album My Photos
Smile Safely staining a baby crib

I am working on refinishing a baby crib. I am trying to make sure that the wood stain that I bought is safe for the baby before I finish the crib. I bought Minwax stain. Is this stain safe for a baby. I have also been reading that a crib needs 3 - 4 coats of polyurethane and that there needs to be 24 hour of drying time between each coat. Can anyone give me any tips on how to refinish the crib and make it safe for baby?
SonjaH is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 09-09-2008, 10:36 AM
Old School
 
cabinetman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: So. Florida
Posts: 24,062
View cabinetman's Photo Album My Photos
Film finishes like oil base varnish, oil base polyurethane, shellac, waterbased polyurethane are "baby safe" once cured. If you use an oil base stain, once dry, apply the first coat of finish and let dry. After that it's a matter of adding coats of finish to get the desired look.

You could thin the oil base finishes with naptha instead of mineral spirits for a faster dry. If you do the applications as a "wipe on", being thinned, more coats might be necessary than a full strength brush on.






cabinetman is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 09-12-2008, 12:27 AM
Member
 
mainzy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Westbrook Maine
Posts: 85
View mainzy's Photo Album My Photos
Oil base poly is good. Get yourself a nice brush. With poly the better the brush the smoother the finish. Fine brush marks will level out when it drys. A good brush will give you a fairly thin coat so over night may be enough dry time. You can tell when you sand.

To sand between coats use 320 grit sandpaper. If you live near a serwin williams, or someone that supplies cabinet makers with finish, or a cabinet maker you might be able to get your hands on some marron sanding pads.They look like scotch pads (green scrub pads) but they are very fine. They work great for sanding in weird places and sanding out brush marks.

Your first coat will be a sealer coat it may raise the grain a little so the first sanding will be a little rough. don't get discoraged it will be much smoother on the next coats.

Don't forget prepparation is most important the smoother it feels the better the finish. I always sand 120 then 220 then 320 Then it feels like BUTTER !
God Bless; Mainzy
mainzy is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 09-12-2008, 05:26 AM
Member
 
mainzy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Westbrook Maine
Posts: 85
View mainzy's Photo Album My Photos
Oh yea. do not shake the polyurethane it will cause little air bubbles to form which are hard to get rid of. All you need to do is stir gently. Stir the poly occasionaly while working with it also. Air bubbles will also form if you brush to agressively nice smooth brush strokes.

God Bless;Mainzy
mainzy is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 09-21-2008, 10:34 AM
Member
 
mainzy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Westbrook Maine
Posts: 85
View mainzy's Photo Album My Photos
SonjaH;

Just wondering how its going?
mainzy is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 09-22-2008, 03:04 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 2
View SonjaH's Photo Album My Photos
Smile

I had finished sanding one piece and decided to go ahead and stain that piece to see how it was gonna look. It looks great. So now I am still in the sanding stage on the other pieces. I have found that this is a tedious job but it will be well worth it.
SonjaH is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 09-22-2008, 05:53 PM
Member
 
mainzy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Westbrook Maine
Posts: 85
View mainzy's Photo Album My Photos
YEA! Sanding is tedious. It also determins how your stain and finish will look.

Your right its always worth it!
mainzy is offline  
Reply

Tags
baby furniture, refinishing, safe wood stain

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My baby crib to be... firefighteremt153 Project Showcase 79 02-03-2009 05:49 PM
Looking for crib hardware MotorcycleRex Design & Plans 8 11-20-2008 11:16 AM
Crib for my niece's baby mbrown2166 Project Showcase 6 11-03-2008 03:19 PM
Need help with a baby crib plan firefighteremt153 Design & Plans 5 02-16-2008 07:22 PM
crib mdeiley Project Showcase 13 11-12-2007 01:17 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome