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Child friendly finish for plywood

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Hopefully someone familiar with woodworking can help me out; I have made rocker board toys from plywood for my daughter (aged 2) and potentially to give as a gift for a 1yr old. I want to finish them way that will make it more durable and hopefully seal the ply so it doesn't chip from the edges.

I think a standard clear varnish would do the job but I am in too minds due to toxicity which I assume is mostly during application and drying, but would it remain and be an issue even after drying? My daughter doesn't chew on toys but I don't know about the 1yr old so possibly varnish is a no.

For a natural, non-toxic alternative would shellac followed by beeswax work? Or would this offer little to no protection of the wood? If anyone has tried and tested alternatives I'd like to hear about them.


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