Mahogany Desk

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Project by paplou posted 02-07-2011 08:07 PM 1466 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a desk I picked up at an auction for $10.00. They said it was all mahogany but you know auctioneers. I got it home and sure enough it was, no plywood at all.
It was painted with the old type antique paint ( white ). After a lot of sanding and scrapping i got the top and draws and legs clean. I put 4 coats of poly. on with sanding of 220 between coats. Painted rest Krylon latex saten black. The brass is original, just used baking soda with vinegar to clean them.
Do you think I got my monies worth?


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#1 posted 02-07-2011 08:23 PM

Look awesome, great job!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#2 posted 02-07-2011 08:25 PM

Great looking restoration

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#3 posted 02-07-2011 08:47 PM

Looks like you hit the jack pot. Nice save

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#4 posted 02-07-2011 08:52 PM

Very distinguished.. The contrast in colors is awesome

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#5 posted 02-07-2011 09:13 PM

A really classic looking desk now, well worth the fine effort.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#6 posted 02-07-2011 09:17 PM

Nice job!

It would be great to see a before picture if you have one.

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#7 posted 02-07-2011 09:34 PM

Beautifully revamped! If only people knew how much better quality the old furniture is they wouldn’t buy the crappe’ that they make these days with pressboard and plywood. A little TLC and you have an heirloom!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 02-07-2011 09:48 PM

That turned out very nice. Good job.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 02-07-2011 09:51 PM

Great procurement of a fine piece of furniture at an outstanding price point! The re-finishing looks great and it’s amazing how well the original brass cleaned up. Thank you for sharing.

-- Wilton, Phoenixville PA

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#10 posted 02-08-2011 12:53 AM


-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#11 posted 02-08-2011 01:30 AM

Nice Job. Solid mahogany, wow! They sure don’t make ‘em like that now. (I’m talking about mass produced furniture, of course) If you look in the top drawer, the mfg. often puts a stamp on the left drawer blade. It may be Craftique? Let me know what you find, please.

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#12 posted 02-08-2011 02:52 AM

Wow! that is beautiful the wood is stunning how on earth could anyone paint it white?? It’s a blessing you found it & gave it new life good job!

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#13 posted 02-08-2011 03:43 AM

Nice resteration. very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 02-08-2011 04:14 AM

It hurts just thinking about someone having painted that beautiful piece of furniture. Thanks for reviving it and sharing it with us! You did a fabulous restoration!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#15 posted 02-08-2011 05:48 PM

Great work and nice score for sure!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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