Re-Fabed School Desks

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Project by Roger posted 11-18-2012 11:31 PM 2261 views 1 time favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I might catch a bit o flack over these, but, what the hay. The top is a glue-up of Ash that was stained with Mixol, (my 1st attemp at using the Mixol stain), then 3 coats of MinWax Satin Poly. The frame as you see is metal, and the seats are some sort of hard fiberglass like stuff. I re-painted them to jaz them up a little for my 2 Granddaughters, they are 3 and 2, for Christmas. Thnx for looking. All comments, good, bad, and/or ugly are appreciated. It’s been a bit since I’ve been able to do anything shop related. I am way behind on things. BUT, oh well, that’s the way it goes sometimes. P.S. It took me 3 days to clean up the chrome legs, cuz they were pretty rusted up. :) OH, and P.S.S. : I did run these tops thru my drum sander that I aquired a few months ago, and it is just awesome! Yea fer me for having one.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 11-18-2012 11:35 PM

Classic old desks!

I just assumed you were in your hammock eating ice cream!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-18-2012 11:36 PM

LOL Monte…. I’ll be hittin the ice cream bowl here shortly.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 11-18-2012 11:37 PM

They look great…......those kids will love ‘em!

I hope my shop, one day, is as clean and organized as yours.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 11-18-2012 11:45 PM

Roger, those desks look GREAT! , the kids will love them… Great job!

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 11-18-2012 11:50 PM

Very nice refab!

They look GREAT!

Great job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#6 posted 11-19-2012 12:04 AM

These are very cool Roger – a really great gifts for your Granddaughters…...and quite creative I might add…....I predict they will remember these forever…....nice.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 11-19-2012 12:08 AM

Roger, Those chairs go great with your shop floor…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#8 posted 11-19-2012 12:10 AM

School is in session, you took us there & “Schooled” us!!!
They look great and surely will be cherished for years.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 11-19-2012 12:25 AM

Thnx for all the comments ya’ll. With that Kindergarten floor, I could start class… LOL

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 11-19-2012 12:25 AM

Hey Roger, just proves Grandads can do anything :: )))
They will just love these to play on, good man

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 11-19-2012 12:29 AM

Hey Pete. My Grnddaughters mother, and her twin (my twin girls, just turned 30 this year), had school desks (not as fancy, I wasn’t a woodworker back then), and I’m sure these will bring back many memories for them.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 11-19-2012 12:34 AM

Nice refurb job on tohse desks. They are really cool like that. Little girls will love them. Post some pictures of the gilrs with them after Christmas!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 11-19-2012 12:43 AM

Why would you catch flack for these? The kids will love them.

I did one like this (the tops were good enough to just refinish) from the flea market and my niece used it for years. I dig the paint job!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#14 posted 11-19-2012 12:46 AM

Nice refurb ROGER
Ready for another generation and a lot of fun .
Love the awesome color combination you used ,will make learning a lot more FUN.
Glad to see you back in the shop !
Stay well my friend .

-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 11-19-2012 12:48 AM

Nicely done.
The girls will love em.
I really like the seat paint job.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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