Antique Desk Project #3: Sanding, And More Sanding

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Blog entry by William posted 09-29-2010 04:52 AM 1155 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Progress In Action Part 3 of Antique Desk Project series Part 4: It Finally Got Finished »

As I’ve said already, this project is being taken on just as Lisa has time. She put in a whole day on it yesterday. The entirety of that day was spent sanding too. Whoever painted this desk laid it on thick. She looks like an alien because the way this paint is flaking as it was scraped, I think it’s going to be lead based paint. The sanding still is not complete, but she made a nice dent in it.

As you can see however, after you get past all the ugly paint that was on it, this is some beautiful wood.


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#1 posted 09-29-2010 06:21 AM

Hang onto that Lisa, she is a hard worker and a keeper! I also see that she is not afraid of hard work or getting dirty!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 09-29-2010 08:37 AM

We have eight kids. She is used to hard work. I wanted to redo this desk for her, but she insisted that she wanted to do it with as little help as possible.
Yes she is a hard working woman. I could tell you many stories of where she has went above and beyond any woman I’ve ever known.
A lot of people don’t really know just how bad my health is. She really didn’t want me to put this project on here. I had to because with my health, what people don’t know is how much she does to help me behind the scenes, when noone is looking. Everyone thinks that all these woodworking projects are only my work. The truth is, without the help of my wife and sons, I couldn’t do many of the projects I do. My back just wouldn’t hold up to it. I cut. I sand. I do most of the detailed work on all the projects. All the heavy work though is not done by me. They do it. Without them, I may as well sell all of my tools and give up my woodworking hobby.
I have good days and bad. On bad days I don’t even leave the house. The restroom is as far as I go outside of my wheelchair. On good days, I can get up and move around. I can go to the shop. One wrong move though or pick up one thing too heavy and I’m back down for a week or two. My wife and sons, mostly Lisa, make my projects possible.
Therefore, I had to highlight this project as Lisa’s. Except for giving her advice on specific techniques, this is her project. I’m not helping in any way. When it’s done, she’ll be proud of the desk. I, on the other hand, will be proud of her.


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#3 posted 09-29-2010 12:04 PM

bravo (or what word you like) William , you cuold easely have hidde this for us in years
but the fact is that no one that has a busyness cuold do it if it wasn´t for the wife´s
big help at home, the only reson why a busyness can survive are if the foundation
is in good shape and no cracks in it,
you just need it in another way and of another reson
my hat of for both Lisa and you

take care

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 09-29-2010 02:16 PM

It is so nice to see what a wonderful partner you have in her and see two people support each other the way you do. I am looking forward to see the progress on this as she accomplishes it. It is a nice story and wonderful blog.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 09-29-2010 02:50 PM

Hi William,
You have a great wife and family, thanks for posting.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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