Waterproof stains for outdoor kids toys


I'm working on a large sandbox for my kid and the neighbours' kids to enjoy (it's a big Millennium Falcon). I've managed to design it so it's just wood, large 12" structural screws, and some large galvanized carriage bolt plus nut and washer couplings.

I chose to make the entire thing out of spruce 2x4 planks, since pressure treated pine wouldn't make sense, and I opted not to go with cedar since some kids might be allergic to cedar oil.

What is a good stain or resource for info on stains I could use on my masterpiece? My concern is small kids getting it on their hands and putting their hands in their mouths, so it has to be completely non toxic. For wooden utensils, I've used mineral oil and walnut oil, but for something going outdoors, I need something else, and I'm not too familiar with stains and protecting outdoor furniture.

Also, should I pre-treat each spruce board after cutting to length/shape, or can I just treat the finished product, and not have to...

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It's really hard to find good information about how to paint, stain, or dye wooden toys with safe, non-toxic paints, stains, or dyes. So I put this page together to be a collected resource for people who might like to make or paint toys. Since little kids like my sons chew and teethe on these toys, I want to be especially certain that any coatings or colorings will be safe if ingested.

Here is one other page - from a talented toymaker - that has some useful information about paints and dyes, including some of the kinds of colors described on this page.

Please if you have any further information you'd like to share.

General Information

Anything water-based will "raise the grain" of the wood, and it seems that softer woods such as pine are especially affected by this. Water-based colors may also make the end grain open up (it seemed to, in my experience) so it is rougher and harder to seal.

I read that a solution to...

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