Refinished school desk

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Project by Sumdume posted 11-28-2013 02:45 AM 1589 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.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 11-28-2013 02:54 AM

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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#2 posted 11-28-2013 03:17 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


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#3 posted 11-28-2013 06:12 AM

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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#4 posted 11-28-2013 11:54 AM

Hidden treasures in those old school desks.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 11-28-2013 04:13 PM

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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#6 posted 11-28-2013 10:22 PM

Great job

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