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Black Lacquer Partners Desk

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Project by NickTobis posted 02-07-2009 04:36 PM 2466 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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#1 posted 02-07-2009 04:39 PM

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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#2 posted 02-08-2009 01:29 AM

That’s beautiful work!

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#3 posted 02-08-2009 02:09 AM

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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#4 posted 02-08-2009 02:33 AM

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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#5 posted 02-08-2009 06:37 AM

5 Gallons…that must have a deep glossy look.

-- Vince

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#6 posted 02-08-2009 09:28 AM

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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