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My neighbor has given me a huge number of yellow and red cedar offcuts.  Is there any reason why I should not use them to make unpainted but stained and waxed toys?
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From what I gather Cedar is not suitable for toys. It has high toxins apparently.
A lot of people have allergies to it.

But do more research.

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Here is a good source on wood toxicity.
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Unless you wish to make only toys, and nothing but toys, do not dispose of the cedar.  It is quite commonly used successfully and beautifully to make many crafty items for rustic decor.  Visit a few craft shows and look at the popularity and prices!
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Here's a link with some info of which maybe may be of some help for an answer. http://www.paintingdenver.net/uncategorized/important-tips-painting-or-staining-cedar-wood/
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Looking at the link that BB gave me, it is just listed as an irritant, along with almost every other wood including maple and oak.  I will continue to look into this, but it seems like it can be used.  I make toys for the Aboriginal societies and they like cedar for spiritual reasons.
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Toxins are a plant defense mechanism. They produce chemicals that inhibit and in some cases kill other plants and animals. In most cases their is no advantage for a plant to be eaten so plants that can make their predators ill by producing chemicals that make them sick have a better chance of survival. Dry beans contain toxins that are broken down by cooking. I grow Scarlet Runner Beans in my garden. The seed packet clearly states never to eat the beans raw.

If you really want to know about this stuff read up on Allelopathy.

I would make toys from cedar but only for older children not for little ones that are going to chew on them. My biggest concern would before the woodworker in contact with the dust. If it were the red cedar like we use in the US to line chests and closets to keep the bugs out I would do the work outdoors in a well ventilated area.



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