1930’s? Library table restoration

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Project by Jareed posted 05-18-2022 01:41 AM 449 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey LJ’s trying my hand at posting been awhile it’s a struggle for a boomer My wife and I stumbled upon this desk at the AnnArbor recycling Center a few years ago ,It’s since closed its doors. A few local sawmills had rough slabs there you could buy which was why we went. Someone had just dropped it off minutes before and it was in rough shape. When I saw it at the drop off door I had to have it. She said that things a wreck. But it ended up in the car and we took it home. The stretcher was anatomically incorrect ,a prior repair, so I fashioned up a slightly curved one out of QSO how I thought it might have looked. The toes of the legs were missing some fingernails for lack of a better description and shrinkage and splitting in the the legs was repaired. The top had ink stains in rings like from inkwells maybe.I used Jeff Jewitts stickley recipe with transtint red mahogany (thought it was brown mahogany) but Im happy with the result. Now it has a new home in our living room.

-- Dave in riverview

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#1 posted 05-18-2022 02:10 AM

Beautiful work on the rescue. Nice job spotting a something worth saving.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 05-18-2022 03:13 AM

Good job spotting the potential in the old desk, it turned out real nice!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 05-18-2022 10:35 AM

A well done restoration, turned out very nice. Great save and well done.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#4 posted 05-18-2022 11:40 AM

A table wiell worth the effort. The lamp goes good on it. Nice work.

-- Ron

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#5 posted 05-18-2022 09:01 PM

Very nice, too bad you didn’t have some “before” pictures to show.

The finish is amazing- looks great on that quarter sawn oak.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

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#6 posted 05-20-2022 02:33 PM

Great save. It looks like it has at least another hundred years of service to offer.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#7 posted 05-23-2022 08:29 PM

Beautiful in the sunlight.

-- Seeing is believing.

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