|Forum topic by Zor||posted 350 days ago||694 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
350 days ago
Hey all. I’m a relative novice to woodworking and have found answers to previous questions here on lumberjocks in the past. I figured it was high time to start an account and maybe put some pictures on here now and again. I’m limited on skills in the woodshop, originally a motorcycle mechanic by trade and somehow ended up in a power generation. Suffice it to say I’m a knuckle dragger who is working on being patient with a material much softer than steel or aluminum. Really, I’ve just been wingin it on the woodworking stuff, but would like to remedy that.
On to the meat and potatoes of my question: I just picked up an old rolltop desk from craigslist for nearly nothing. I’ve tightened up and squared all of the drawers and have a plan for squaring and stabilizing the top so that the tambour tracks stay aligned. Luckily the canvas on the back of the tambour is in fairly good shape so I don’t need to get into that. I’m stumped however on what to do about the finish. I’m pretty sure it’s oak (I told you I was wingin it right?) and the top of the desk has some water marks and the finish is nearly worn off in some places. I know it’s not a high value item, but I’d like to maintain it’s patina while improving the damaged areas. I do not want to strip it and have it look like new when I’m done. I tried waxing it with some SC Johnson’s paste wax. That didn’t do much to improve things. Do those “miracle restorers” work? BLO? Homemade beeswax/BLO/turpentine paste? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
The last picture is where it is now. The top is not fastened down, I was going to try to help the finish first. In the first two you can really see the issues.
Thanks in advance,