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doitforfun

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207 days ago

Hello, all. I’m restoring an antique school desk and there is something missing that I cannot figure out what it was. There is a shadow where a couple of supports were but I’m not sure if they were part of a shelf or just something to hold the back on. If anyone knows, I’d greatly appreciate the advice.

Here are some pictures.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY


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Don W

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#1 posted 207 days ago

What does the back look like. Any chance that piece got turned around? It seems odd that there is no shadow on the top piece.

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doitforfun

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#2 posted 207 days ago

Hi. Thanks for replying. Below is a picture of the back. Its just a single screw hole for each of those braces. There is a little bit of a shadow on the desktop – maybe 1/2” or so of the same brace. I don’t think its a brace for the back because there’s no screw hole through the desk top and anyway, its pretty small for that. I’m leaning toward some kind of angled file-type of holder. I can’t think of what it would be otherwise. I would like to make and replace whatever it is if I can figure it out.

While we’re on the topic, any idea what the little hole on the left corner is for? Its too small for an inkwell. I’m not sure how old this thing is, but its at least 40 years old because my mom has had since I was a small child. I looked for some markings or tags but there’s nothing but a large handwritten number on the bottom. Could be anything. There’s a chair too, which was falling apart so I completely disassembled it last night. I made a missing stretcher last night. Going to glue it back up today.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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Don W

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#3 posted 207 days ago

I can’t be of much help answering your questions. maybe a search through some internet images will give some leads.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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doitforfun

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#4 posted 207 days ago

Thanks. I tried that already. This thing seems to be pretty unique, or at least not very typical. I couldn’t find anything like it.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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BigYin

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#5 posted 207 days ago

looks like a “clerks desk”.
Ive seen them in old offices, factories, workshops.
it might be the mounting points for a narrow open top box to tidy books, papers etc made from two spacers and a thin board on the front.
Question – is the back pannel and the desk a marriage ? that is a desk with another pre-used piece as a backstop ?

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doitforfun

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#6 posted 207 days ago

That’s what I was thinking about the open top box. There is sort of a mild shadow of something rectangular just to the left of the right side brace.

This is a child size desk and chair. It certainly did not come from a factory or office. :-)

By marriage, do you mean like 2 desks back to back? It doesn’t appear to be that way. The “backsplash” is attached to the desk top and there doesn’t appear to be any other connections on the legs, etc for another desk.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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BigYin

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#7 posted 207 days ago

Doitforfun – marriage is two seperate pieces joined to make one, commonest is table legs with wrong top, but it can be components added.

<> howsabout a school desk with place to store slate for writing.

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ddockstader

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#8 posted 207 days ago

I believe what is missing is a small shelf which held an ink well and maybe a cove for holding pens. DAMHIKT, but I am older than dirt.

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bbc557ci

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#9 posted 206 days ago

Yep…ink well is what I’m thinking.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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bondogaposis

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#10 posted 206 days ago

Yeah, ink well is what I’m thinking too. That looks similar to the desks we had in grade school that had ink wells. We didn’t use the ink wells, I’m not that old, but the desks had them. Probably the school removed it after ball point pens become dominant sometime after WWII.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#11 posted 205 days ago

Oh my, I am 56 and never saw a ink well, you guys must be really old, sounds like a cool desk. Oh the memories you guys must have, If there was a girl in front of you and she was cute, and she wore pig tails, you were obligated to dip her pig tails in your ink well.

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