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Black Lacquer Partners Desk

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Project by NickTobis posted 1981 days ago 2397 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The four of us at T&G purchased this reproduction partners desk late last year. The goal was to plate all the metal hardware in gold, and piano black lacquer the desk. We have preformed this procedure twice before on customers desks, so we had an idea of sell price, the cost and time involved. This desk was exceptional because all the brass hardware was detailed to the highest caliber. That was the easy, now the hard. The desk was missing a drawer, no problem drawers are easy to make, but the ormolu (metal pieces) decorating the drawer were also gone. Being a wood shop we don’t have much business mixing in metals, sparks + sawdust= disaster. So we outsourced the casting, which slowed the whole project by three months. It gave me plenty of time to prep for paint. Once the pieces arrived, we shipped all 56 metal parts to the plater for gold. this is when i started to paint. Many coats of black primer were sprayed and sanded away. Then a catalyzed black lacquer was sprayed, covered by a catalyzed clear with many wet sands in between. Finally the imitation leather top was replaced, with real black leather and cut to size. Once the paint was dry, it was wet sanded and buffed to a piano finish, then all the gold parts were re applied. Currently for sale in Palm Beach, Florida

-- T&G, West Palm Beach





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NickTobis

25 posts in 1981 days


#1 posted 1981 days ago

Sorry about the low quality pictures, all i had at the shop was my I-Phone.

-- T&G, West Palm Beach

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shimmy

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#2 posted 1980 days ago

That’s beautiful work!

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Vince

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#3 posted 1980 days ago

This desk is awesome do you have a buyer for it? You desk belongs in a castle.
It’s just beautiful. With the black lacquer can you still see the wood grain?

-- Vince

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NickTobis

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#4 posted 1980 days ago

Vince, I’ll probably be dammed by some person in the future beacuse of this desk. It was a covered in a full marquetry design, really a beautiful piece. Some poor refinisher, like myself, will have to strip the 5 gallons of lacquer i sprayed on that thing off. He’ll never understand why someone painted over such a beautiful desk.

-- T&G, West Palm Beach

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Vince

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#5 posted 1980 days ago

5 Gallons…that must have a deep glossy look.

-- Vince

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Popeye Jr.

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#6 posted 1980 days ago

That turned out beautifully. great job. It must be selling for a small fortune.

-- People who say it cannot be done should not interup those who are doing it

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