Refinished Secretary Desk (old Project)

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 05-28-2014 03:31 PM 2304 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is likely one of the ones that started me on the woodworking journey. We wanted to have a small secretary desk in our little front hall, something that had a small footprint and a small flat surface so that it wouldn’t become a catch all. I had in mind that I would build one and began thinking along those lines. But one day we spotted a small secretary desk at a bargain price. It needed some minor repairs and had been painted black at some recent time. The hardware for the desktop was bent, but repairable. We stripped it down, replaced the plywood back and did a minor drawer runner repair. The original finish was reddish, so we re-stained it in a mahogany color. New pulls on the drawers were added and now we have our little secretary

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 05-28-2014 04:02 PM

Great save Dave, thus came out very nice, is now one beautiful piece of furniture.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 05-28-2014 04:49 PM

Very nice job of saving – it’ll do you well for a long time

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 05-28-2014 05:27 PM

We did so much work on it, we actually named it.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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