Re-Fabed School Desks

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Project by Roger posted 613 days ago 1401 views 1 time favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I might catch a bit o flack over these, but, what the hay. The top is a glue-up of Ash that was stained with Mixol, (my 1st attemp at using the Mixol stain), then 3 coats of MinWax Satin Poly. The frame as you see is metal, and the seats are some sort of hard fiberglass like stuff. I re-painted them to jaz them up a little for my 2 Granddaughters, they are 3 and 2, for Christmas. Thnx for looking. All comments, good, bad, and/or ugly are appreciated. It’s been a bit since I’ve been able to do anything shop related. I am way behind on things. BUT, oh well, that’s the way it goes sometimes. P.S. It took me 3 days to clean up the chrome legs, cuz they were pretty rusted up. :) OH, and P.S.S. : I did run these tops thru my drum sander that I aquired a few months ago, and it is just awesome! Yea fer me for having one.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 613 days ago

Classic old desks!

I just assumed you were in your hammock eating ice cream!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 613 days ago

LOL Monte…. I’ll be hittin the ice cream bowl here shortly.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#3 posted 613 days ago

They look great…......those kids will love ‘em!

I hope my shop, one day, is as clean and organized as yours.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 613 days ago

Roger, those desks look GREAT! , the kids will love them… Great job!

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 613 days ago

Very nice refab!

They look GREAT!

Great job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 613 days ago

These are very cool Roger – a really great gifts for your Granddaughters…...and quite creative I might add…....I predict they will remember these forever…....nice.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#7 posted 613 days ago

Roger, Those chairs go great with your shop floor…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#8 posted 613 days ago

School is in session, you took us there & “Schooled” us!!!
They look great and surely will be cherished for years.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 613 days ago

Thnx for all the comments ya’ll. With that Kindergarten floor, I could start class… LOL

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 613 days ago

Hey Roger, just proves Grandads can do anything :: )))
They will just love these to play on, good man

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 613 days ago

Hey Pete. My Grnddaughters mother, and her twin (my twin girls, just turned 30 this year), had school desks (not as fancy, I wasn’t a woodworker back then), and I’m sure these will bring back many memories for them.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 613 days ago

Nice refurb job on tohse desks. They are really cool like that. Little girls will love them. Post some pictures of the gilrs with them after Christmas!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 613 days ago

Why would you catch flack for these? The kids will love them.

I did one like this (the tops were good enough to just refinish) from the flea market and my niece used it for years. I dig the paint job!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#14 posted 613 days ago

Nice refurb ROGER
Ready for another generation and a lot of fun .
Love the awesome color combination you used ,will make learning a lot more FUN.
Glad to see you back in the shop !
Stay well my friend .

-- Kiefer 松

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#15 posted 613 days ago

Nicely done.
The girls will love em.
I really like the seat paint job.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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