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Project by Sumdume posted 224 days ago 620 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a desk I refinished for a neighbor. It had a great deal of graffiti on it so I had to sand it down to fresh wood. I was disappointed to lose the patina but, the magic marker art was atrocious.
I think it is oak. I used shellac for most of the finish. I did put a couple of coats of poly on the desk top and some paste wax.
The mistake I made was to try a French finish on the top. It looked better before I sanded it with 600 grit.
I actually made some money on the project. Perhaps I could have made more but I don’t want to take advantage of a neighbor.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 224 days ago

Great job on that school desk. I have one like that and it is no where near that good looking. Nice restoration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!........................Jim

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

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Rick

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#2 posted 224 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!

Rick

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campbellgillis

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#3 posted 224 days ago

Beautiful school desk. Maybe I am a bit biased, seeing as how I work in school administration, but I really love this project. Thanks for sharing.

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hunter71

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#4 posted 224 days ago

Hidden treasures in those old school desks.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Sumdume

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#5 posted 224 days ago

Thanks for the compliments. It was a fun project for the most part. Evenly sanding in the corners was frustrating. The biggest hassle I had was of course the finishing. I should have cut the shellac a bit more. I always had some brush tracks somewhere. I tried the spray on shellac. I must have applied it too quickly because it did not cover evenly. When I sanded it with 400 grit it appeared to be covered with dots.
I will be using shellac must more in the future. I really liked the look.

-- Rule # 1 - Don't mix yer blood and sawdust!

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hoss12992

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#6 posted 223 days ago

Great job

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