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lathman

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550 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: organ desk piano desk rod skramstad skramstad primitives repurposed reed organ upcycled pump organ desk

been working on this for a bit and am a day away from completion….picked up an 1871 pump organ (barn fresh) a while back….”gutted” it out and am making it into a writing desk…..nice ornate walnut case…..remodeled a bit , added a few drawers…..need to put finishing touches on it tomorrow and will post some final pix…...

-- "just crazy enough to try"


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#1 posted 550 days ago

another progress pic…..

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#2 posted 550 days ago

Looks great!!!

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#3 posted 550 days ago

Nice conversion. The finish looks very smooth. Any details on the finish/process?

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lathman

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#4 posted 550 days ago

i did a bit of sanding then hand rubbed multiple coats of tung oil…light steel wool between applications….i wanted to maintain the vintage look so i wasn’t to concerned about scratches and chips….just smoothed it all out….no stain….didn’t wanted a heavy lacquered look….

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#5 posted 550 days ago

Now that is a good idea and a great save.

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lathman

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#6 posted 549 days ago

done…...

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#7 posted 549 days ago

Great save of a magnificent old piece!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 549 days ago

Your finish turned out perfect for this piece!

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#9 posted 549 days ago

Absolutely fantabulous, lathman! I give great credit to your design ability and skill converting the old pump organ into a very traditional-looking old time desk. You obviously have untold many hours into this project and i’ve gotta tell you they paid off,

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lathman

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#10 posted 548 days ago

thanks guys…i am pleased with how it turned out…...now i need to clean the shop and get going on the next one…..change it up a bit….a 1959 baldwin….

-- "just crazy enough to try"

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lathman

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#11 posted 482 days ago

just a quick update….i sold the walnut 1871 organ to a music director in lubbock, texas!! have the 1890 oak desk on display in a local “boutique”....and the 1959 is being lacquered and should be done this weekend….so all is good!

-- "just crazy enough to try"

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#12 posted 482 days ago

Glad ya chose that finish rather than gettin’ rid of all the “flea bites” that make the character and age part of the story.
Great job.
Bill

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lathman

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#13 posted 482 days ago

thanks bill…..yep my intention is to freshen the look, not make it look new…..

-- "just crazy enough to try"

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Lee Barker

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#14 posted 482 days ago

It would be nice to see a blog of this project with more step by step and some narrative about the challenges and how you worked through them.

As it is, probably belongs in your projects, better than on the forum.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#15 posted 465 days ago

Wow! That is a great looking piece.

When you sell these, do you sell the bench with it? Or, canibalize the bench for similar wood?

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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