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Antique Desk Project #4: It Finally Got Finished

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Blog entry by William posted 04-18-2011 02:56 AM 2543 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Dave

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#1 posted 04-18-2011 03:52 AM

William nice refurbish. Bring life back into an ole piece is a very good thing. What will your wife do with it?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#2 posted 04-18-2011 04:02 AM

It’s going in our living room. This belonged to her mother who passed away back in the 90s. My wife remembers this desk in their living room as a very old piece of furniture when she was a little girl.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 04-18-2011 04:03 AM

I bet there was a old phone on it and she did bills and read the mail.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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devann

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#4 posted 04-18-2011 05:52 AM

It’s a nice job at extending the life of the desk. Please post a picture here after your wife has put the finishing touches on it in your living room.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#5 posted 04-18-2011 12:35 PM

Will do Devann. It will be a few days (or more) though. She told me to keep it at the shop a few days. She complains that she can still smell finish on anything I bring home too quickly.
That brings me to something I left out of my post. I thought about it after I went to bed last night. The finish I put on it.
It is finished with Zinsser clear shellac. I thinned it with denatured alcohol. This was my first time ever thinning it (learning all kinds of new tricks lately). Since most information I get on thinning it (cutting it) gets confusing to me though, I went strictly by the suggestions of my friend SuperD. It has three coats of shellac. Then the top has three coats of Johnson’s paste wax on top of the shellac. My back was starting to hurt (and maybe getting a little lazy as well), so I buffed the wax lightly with an automotive style electric buffer.
For thinning the shellac, I had about a half gallon left in a gallon can of it. I added one quart (I think, enough to bring it to three quarters of a gallon) of denatured alcohol and stirred well. It turned out nice in my opinion. It applied easy as it did before (and I was actually happy with it then), seemed to soak in deeper, and dried slower allowing me to find my drips that I normally miss and have to sand out later) All in all, I will definately be playing around more with cutting it the future.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 04-18-2011 03:03 PM

It looks great, William. I was wondering in my mind what happened to it, as I remember when your wife started it. I am glad to see that it is finished and came out so nice. It will be a wonderful reminder of her mother and her childhood and hopefully make some good memories for your own children.

Thanks for updating us! Sheila :)

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

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