Refinishing pine desks - questions?

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Forum topic by ebwolf posted 05-08-2009 07:42 PM 1270 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-08-2009 07:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: desks refinish question

I just bought a pair of desks and a side table on Craigslist. Evidently they were made by a company called Country Comfort in Boulder, CO, sometime in the late 70s. They have been in use steady since and refinished three times!

I’m in the process of sanding for another refinish. My wife really likes cherry stains, so I’ll lose some of the character of the wood in the process – but that’s the price of love!

I haven’t done much of this kind of work and was wondering about how detailed to get in the process of refinishing these desks. One thing I noticed is the back riser at one time either slid down or was purposely reattached without being seated back into the top of the desk (see pictures). Right now there are two screws on each side with plugs over the screw heads. I’m debating about pulling the plugs and trying to research the riser. Is it worth the effort? What kind of nightmares might I need to be prepared for?

Country Comfort Desks

Gap where back riser isn't seated in top

Currently two screws hold the riser in place

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#1 posted 05-08-2009 11:30 PM

Update: I popped the screw caps and took apart one desk completely. I’m using the other as a work bench while I strip off the old finish. I’m trying to be careful not to remove too much wood around the joins. I’ll put it back together once it’s stripped.

I’m using a B&D “Dragster” belt sander with 60 grit paper, followed by the same with 120 grit then passed over with my 1/4 sheet with 180 grit. The 60 really eats up the wood, so I’m only doing the edges with the 120 or the 180.

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