Refurbished Desk

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Project by FloridaArt posted 07-29-2018 01:58 PM 1299 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

July, 2018 – This project was more involved than I thought it would be when a friend dropped it off for a little restoration work. This started in May and finished in July. Glad it’s done! LOL

1) First challenge was the discovery of two missing toes on the feet (photo 2). So I carved two new toes in matching wood.

2) Second challenge was the failed joinery between the feet and the center legs (photos 3 and 4). All 4 feet needed to be removed. All old glue and re-glue removed. The 1/2-inch dowel holes were re-drilled. New fluted dowels were used with 2-part epoxy to rejoin the feet and the legs.

3) The desktop had some unsightly filled holes (photo 5). I made two symmetrical inlays to eliminate those.

4) Finally the entire piece was given stained with Minwax English Chestnut, and left to dry for several days. Then multiple coats of Minwax spray poly (semi-gloss) was applied.

I think it turned out nicely.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 07-29-2018 02:38 PM

Nice restoration Art. Nice work on the paws too. I’m sure your friend is very happy with the results.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#2 posted 07-29-2018 03:08 PM


-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#3 posted 07-29-2018 03:44 PM

Totally agree. You did a fantastic job restoring that desk. It really is a beauty.

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#4 posted 07-29-2018 03:48 PM

Nice work. Challenging but came out well.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 07-30-2018 12:11 AM

Beautiful refurbishing. Amazing carving and repairing. I have my great-great-grandmother’s mahogany dresser needs new a new 1/2 turning on a leg I wish I could send you. Great work.

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#6 posted 07-30-2018 03:07 AM

NIce repairs. That came out great.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 07-30-2018 12:47 PM

Very nice job bringing this beautiful piece (is is Empire style?) back to life.

Restoration work can be a royal PITA and few appreciate the time and talent required to do it well, but this desk was well worthy of your efforts.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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