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1955 school desk, i made the top

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Project by jwmalone posted 07-21-2016 11:31 PM 703 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This desk was a refinish, but I had to make a new top for it. So if the post gods banish it I understand. It was bought for the customer when she was a little girl, got passed around the family, 40 years later she found it and was pretty ticked. Kids had carved their names in it and every thing else. She wanted it to look new again without to much expense so I think it came out pretty well. Its made from maple the top was fir don’t think it was original so I used a piece of birch to make it all match. Paten on the swivel frame says 1928 no idea when it was made, Anyone remember having a desk like that.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa





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finns

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#1 posted 07-22-2016 02:04 AM

Your refurb looks well done. nice job with the top. And yes, I’ve spent some time in desks like that back in

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jwmalone

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#2 posted 07-22-2016 02:06 AM

That wasn’t youre buble gum I spent 30 minutes scraping off was it lol. Thanks customer is very happy

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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woodcox

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#3 posted 07-22-2016 02:35 AM

Those are awesome. Nice work j.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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Andre

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#4 posted 07-22-2016 05:14 AM

Nice job. I got 2 desk last year to refinish, deal was do one for the contributor and I could have the second one for my granddaughter Did the first one 5 coats of paint but solid maple underneath. Second one needs to get done before September before School starts? Hoping to strike Maple again!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Sandman (Randy M.)

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#5 posted 07-22-2016 08:08 AM

Nice job my mom has an old ones just like it I thought of restoring you don’t see them much anymore. Great job preserving history !

-- Do it with your heart in it.........

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#6 posted 07-22-2016 11:48 AM

Beautiful piece of furniture. Bravo for every effort to save this set.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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JoeinGa

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#7 posted 07-22-2016 01:07 PM

That style with swivel seat was before my time.

You do realize, dont you, that the “Antiques Purists” will give you hell for putting new wood on it ! (ask me how I know this! )

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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jwmalone

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#8 posted 07-22-2016 01:11 PM

I know, but that’s what the boss lady wanted and she’s got cash , beside this women has a house full of antiques she knows her stuff. This piece was personal, but I did keep the top.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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jwmalone

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#9 posted 07-22-2016 01:12 PM

how do you know, just want to hear someone else’s story.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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JoeinGa

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#10 posted 07-22-2016 01:33 PM

Someone GAVE me a 1920s Icebox … non-electric, the kind you would put a block of ice in the top compartment and kept your food in the lower compartment.

I cut the legs off, laid it on it’s back, made a few modifications and towed it behind my Honda GoldWing to carry our “stuff” in when we went riding on day long or weekend rides. I painted it to match the motorcycle too.

People would ALWAYS have one of two reactions. We either heard ”WOW! THAT thing is beautiful. What a fantastic idea for a trailer!”

OR, we heard ”You DUMBASS! WHY in the world would you RUIN a beautiful old icebox like that?”




-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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jwmalone

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#11 posted 07-22-2016 01:57 PM

good idea, but I would have made a beer cooler for the shop. It is nice, great job.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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