1950's Teacher Desk

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Project by Anthony Finelli posted 11-10-2010 11:32 PM 4322 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wifes aunt was in the process of moving and had no place for her fathers desk so my wife voluntered to take the desk and I thought I was in for a world of hurt…I could only imagine 60 years of varnish, wax and dirt build up but it turned out that her grandfather only waxed it, thank god !! It took a few weeks but it came out great and MOST important my wife loves it!!

The last picture is the only “before” I took….

-- Salem, New York "Find something you love to do and you will never have to work another day of your life"

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#1 posted 11-10-2010 11:44 PM

Very nice. I would volunteer to babysit that desk too

-- wishIstillhadaclydesdaleinmyfrontyard

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 11:59 PM

Nice desk. A “keeper” for sure. Great job cleaning it up!

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 11-11-2010 02:01 AM

I like it, you are very blessed to have such a family treasure. I hope you can pass it on to your children

-- My favorite projects were firewood bound

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#4 posted 11-11-2010 03:23 AM

Boy, they sure don’t build teacher desks like this anymore! What a lovely piece of furniture. I would never give it back if I were you.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#5 posted 11-11-2010 06:55 AM

This turned out real nice. I have one very nearly like it, only with drawers on one side. I especially like the leather top.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 04-14-2013 09:06 PM

Very nice cleanup. I also have similar desk that was my fathers. I got it from my grandmother’s house in late 80’s to take to college. Top is veneered and coming up along some of the edges. I should spend a few weeks on it and get it looking sharp as yours!

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