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Oak School Desk

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Project by hume04 posted 789 days ago 1443 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an old oak school desk that my wife picked up for a couple bucks at a consignment sale. It was painted and had a piece of formica on the desk part. I scraped away all the paint and sanded it up to 600 grit sand paper. Then it was stained with English Chestnut stain and sealed with Helmsmans semi gloss poly. I love that color on oak, espically aged oak. The chair is oak and the desk is maple. In the picture with out the desk attached, I had already sanded it down and put stain on the seat before I realized I hadn’t taken any pictures before it was stained. So I took a couple with just the seat stained. I try to get several pictures throught the process when restoring something. This was a really fun project. My son helped me with some of it, now the desk sits in his room with the rest of his refinished and hand made furniture (lucky kid). He uses it to do his homework and draw. You can see in one of the pictures when my wife got the desk she got 2 matching desks. One right handed and one left handed. The left handed one is sitting in my garage right now. I like to use it out there so it might not get refinished for a little while. Thanks for looking.

-- Andrew, Navarre FL





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Bearpie

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#1 posted 789 days ago

What a great find, if only I can be as lucky finding one! Looks like you did a great job refinishing it.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 789 days ago

Really nice! I remember using these oak desks when i was in school way back when….
I have been looking for one for a while…especially a left handed one for thos old southpaw. Hopefully I will find one at the flea markets.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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atchison32

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#3 posted 788 days ago

Nice!

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Woodbridge

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#4 posted 788 days ago

Very nice refinishing and restoration.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 788 days ago

You did a nice job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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