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Grandfather's old desk refinished

This was my grandfather's old desk he had at his mattress factory, it is roughly 65 years old. My brother got a hold of it about 15 years ago and painted it black with a nasty oil based paint.

I got the desk from him a couple of years ago and just in the past few weeks started taking it apart and repairing/ replacing broken pieces, stripped, sanded and rebuilt it.

There are a few areas I would have liked to have done better, but it is a nice improvement and holds a good bit of sentimental value.
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Great job!

You really brought that piece back to life.

What was your finishing schedule?

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Looks nice. I recently acquired my grandpas drafting table that he used in his wood shop. It has just been stored in a garage since he passed 16 years ago. I plan to take it apart and refinish it as soon as I get the time.
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Great job!

You really brought that piece back to life.

What was your finishing schedule?
Thanks, I am really enjoying it as my new computer desk.

Once it was all repaired:

1. sanded it all to 220 and reassembled.
2. 1 coat BullsEye Shellac, cut 50/50 with denatured alcohol.
3. Sanded to 320.
4. 1 coat of General Finishes Mahogany Oil Stain. very light sanded with 320, wiping down after.
5. 3 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal oil & urethane topcoat, 24 hours apart, fine sanding after the 1st and 2nd coat. Final coat, no sanding.

Whole project took me almost 3 weeks, but I am slow!
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