Originally Posted by baileyann3
i want to make my daughter wooden toys. which woods are safe to chew? is there a website anyone knows of that talks about safe wood and safe stain/paint?
Most wood is safe. I used pine, and it's just too soft. It dents easily, and doesn't have the nice heft I wanted. Next I'm going to try maple. Very hard wood, and not terribly expensive.
There's a thread around here somewhere with a website for "safe" wood stains. But they're pricey, and you can't buy the tiny amounts you'd use for toys. I use the $0.99 per bottle craft acrylics. I water them down so they're more like a stain, and when it's dry, I used a homemade beeswax polish (similar to what you can get at Nova Natural) to give it a shine.
ETA: If you go to a lumberyard rather than home depot, you could double check that standard lumber is not treated with anything that could be toxic. I don't think it is, but I've never asked.