The desk

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Blog entry by Ben posted 08-13-2009 07:21 AM 1008 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I got married over eight years ago my wife came along with a rather large, white desk, complete with a missing front drawer. As the story goes, this desk was once in the Swedish embassy and was taken home by my mother-in-law when it was no longer needed (probably 25 years ago now). She wanted a white desk, so she painted it. The pictures show some of the condition after many years and moves—a significant cup in the top, the aprons twisted over half an inch. I was all ready to build a new desk (even bought the lumber) when one day I was crawling underneath the desk and took a good look and the unpainted wood underneath. My best guess was, and still is, that this white desk was actually made of mahogany. I couldn’t just throw away a mahogany desk, so I have scrapped my desk building plans and shifted focus to rebuilding this desk.

This is the underside -- shows what I think is Mahogany.

The desktop has a good cup.

The rear apron somewhat resembles a pretzel.

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#1 posted 08-13-2009 06:04 PM

Thanks for taking care of good wood! The scratches probably appeared after the paint was removed – i.e. that was the reason why this beautiful piece of wood was painted in the first place. Since many years seem to have passed since the desk was built (easily 50 years) it must be presumed it was built by a carpenter of the old school who did not believe in using glue which seems to be the amateur carpenters best friend these days…
Congrats on your design for the rebuild – and let us hear about your experience!

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#2 posted 08-29-2009 04:07 PM

well.. this is wonderful.
just goes to show you—- look before you leap (or throw out)
This is going to be an amazing piece of furniture, with quite the history, when it is finished.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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