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Hi, I am planning to start with making caroline pratt unit blocks with hard maple but it seems impossible to find hard maple boards or lumber. What would be the second best wood which wont splinter when the child chews on it? TIA
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I think that any of the woods will splinter to some point .... now the denser the wood the less the splinter I would think. Maybe something like ash which is used in Hammer Handles or even Birch which is a close grained wood would be a good start. Pine is not a real good choice but it is plentiful. - Don
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Proudma. Just a thought sometimes you can buy cheap maple chopping boards and rolling pins in maple in the cheap shops I buy rolling pins for £1.99 and make wheels out of them on the lathe.
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Looking for 4/4 and 8/4 or 7/8.  I will take a look at ebay. Thanks.
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I think you will find that most hard woods actually splinter and some quite easily.

Some of the softer woods such as pine tend to dent rather than splinter. That's the main reason I tend to use pine for many of my toys especially if played with by younger children.

Just my 2c [wink]

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I have found that Poplar or aspen are a good close grained wood that is somewhat hard but not as hard as Maple or Birch. Also here in Can. we have a variety of Eastern soft Maple that will work and is close grained.
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