Then you've might want to choose between exterior or interior grade
OSB. Exterior would be better for formaldehyde emmision rates as the
glue used encapsulates it moreso than interior grade glues. At least
in Canadian made OSB, according to a GOOGLE SEARCH...Tom
Tue, Oct 23, 2007, 12:06pm (EDT+14) email@example.com (ETaylor) doth
Are there any safety issues using OSB for kids toys? Thanks,
Well, "I" sure wouldn't make any kid toys out of OSB, shellacked or
not. But if it was me wondering, I'd get ahold of a manufacturer and
"I'm an Igor, thur. We don't athk quethtionth."
"Really? Why not?"
"I don't know, thur. I didn't athk."
Yes and no, it depends on what you are making. for small toys or any toy
that can be chewed on I would not feel safe with it. For chewable toys (any
toy which may find its way into a child's mouth) only materials that can be
used around food should be used, most paints, finishes and glues on the
consumer (not industrial) market are usable. OSB does not fall into this
category. OSB is not a stable material for this purpose in that it will
splinter and flake at odd intervals and you can not be sure of what kind of
wood is used in the OSB, you may get some wood not suitable for children's
toys in the mix.
For larger toys it can be used as filler panels etc but is not a good choice
because of appearance and durability. OSB does not hold up well to rough
treatment with out flaking and getting holes in odd places. Used by itself
OSB will not stand up to the treatment it would get in say a toy wagon
without serious damage to the edges of the toy. Even with paint and finish
OSB will not hold up well to abusive treatment. The only place I would see
a use for OSB in childerns toys would be as filler panels in furniture where
it would take only moderate abuse and could be painted or finished to good
effect for the item.
OSB is a great material in certain areas but childern's toys is not where it
is at its best.
In short the stuff flakes and splinters all over the place and doesn't hold
up worth a #%^&, making it unsafe in MHO.
Thanks for all that information.
OSB has just the look for my purpose. I want to use it as roof in a toy
cabin situation. I have had a play with it already. I shaped it and
sanded it. Then applied liberal amounts of shellac to seal it and then a
wash of milked acrylic paint to get the colour I want. After this it's
pretty stable and I thought that if I then estapol it, matte or satin,
that would that seal and stabalise it further.
I won't be using it in a "chewable" situation unless someone decides to
eat the house.
If the toy cabin is one that a child can occupy then it is not a "toy" but a
building. OSB would be fine for that providing the building is not readably
transportable by the child. My only concern would be that OSB does not
weather well and would need a lot of maintance. It would work well for a
doll house type structure that is not to be transported a lot by the child.
Anything smaller and I would look for another type of material. I have
built several "play houses" out of OSB and they did well for several years
except for weather damage, which the owneres could have prevented by a
little paint every so often.
Sorry yes it is like a dolls house but more like a log cabin design.
It has a 14" x 9" base. I like the texture of OSB and intend to use it
for the roof only. It is intended for inside play only.
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