My sweety procured a desk, under the condition that we figure out how to remove it from the house it was coming from, thinking that we’d use it for the wood. It’s got a typewriter lift, so it’s definitely pre-computers and probably pre-electric typewriters, and as we’ve dug into it, even though we don’t need a desk, we’ve started wondering whether we should cut it up for lumber or try to restore it.
The vertical pieces are all solid wood, the top and drawer faces have a veneer that’s amazingly thick. The core of various veneered pieces is solid wood, although there’s sometimes an 1/8” thick piece in between the core wood and the veneer (I assume that there’s some issue about cross-grain expansion that that’d help resolve).
The drawers are dovetailed, and the blind dovetails appear to be hand-cut, the interior of the tails has a little bit of overcut that you wouldn’t get with a router cut dovetail, and the spacing isn’t quite even.
The typewriter lift messages says “Please see Decalcomania for further instructions on operation and care.”, but I can’t find any record of a “Decalcomania” as a furniture manufacturer or seller, the name seems to refer to a printmaking process.
At the very least it’d need to be refinished, and if we were going to refinish it we’d do it in an entirely different style, but does anyone out there have any idea if this has value to someone? Suggestions on how to proceed? We’re thinking of turning a good portion of it into a small chest of drawers, but even though refinishing it would be a major chore it seems a shame to cut it up when good portions of it are really nicely (albeit in a factory grade) built, and we’re wondering if it might have value to anyone?
-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke