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« on: December 27, 2007, 06:12:36 PM »
heres a pic of my new(to me at least)..courtesy of freecycle..anyway..as you can see by the pic it has a few wear marks on the top of it ..the wood is sound and smooth but the finish is gone..come spring when i can get it outside i want to refinish it any suggestions on products to do so would be greatly appreciated

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Re: roll top desk
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2007, 06:14:06 PM »
by the way..its solid white oak..no particle board or veneer in this beauty

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Re: roll top desk
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2007, 08:51:39 PM »
Do you ned to make a new drawer for the bottom left?
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Re: roll top desk
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2007, 09:09:18 PM »
Strip it down to the wood and use a water based Varathane with a hard finish that won't yellow. Don't know how easy it will be to work on the roll top though. Could be a challenge. Do the ends come apart from the desk or are they jointed solid?


I was going to build one at one time. I changed my thinking and built my butternut desk. But, don't get me wrong I like your desk. I think they are a nice piece of furniture. I just have a lot more room on the desk and shelf system I came up with.
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Re: roll top desk
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2007, 09:30:36 PM »
Freecycle has some good stuff once in a while.
Nice find! 8)

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Re: roll top desk
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2007, 10:18:04 PM »
That is a beaut! Lucky you for finding it  :)

Before refinishing its best if you can determine what kind of finish is already on there.
 It looks quite shiny in the pic - is it varathane or varnish? If so you may be able to lightly scuff the top and recoat with a clear gloss.
It has a stain on it so be verrry careful sanding - or you may want to strip the whole thing and start over  :o

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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2007, 12:05:52 AM »
bull..i have the drawer for it..will probably refinish only the top..everything else on it is in great shape including the roll top

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Re: roll top desk
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2007, 12:07:49 AM »
rolltop cover

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Re: roll top desk
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2007, 01:20:21 AM »
looks great
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Re: roll top desk
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2007, 05:20:01 AM »
I don't know much about these things so take whatever I say with a grain of salt. If you aren't trying to do the whole thing there used to be a product called Formby's which would allow you to sort of clean and refinish at the same time. I think it disolved the current finish and then let it set again. We did use it and it did look good. Surely not as good as a complete redo - but if you are only going to do the top, not a bad idea.

Nice desk by the way. I have thought about having one - sort of just roll down on all my junk when I don't want to see it!
So, how did I end up here anyway?

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Re: roll top desk
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2007, 07:33:18 AM »
will probably go with the varathane come spring..so far i use it for woodturnings and rough out storage..what a waste huh... ;D  have tried formbys in the past and it works great on smaller areas

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Re: roll top desk
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2007, 12:32:43 PM »
I'd give a hunerd for it in it's current state of disrepaair.
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Re: roll top desk
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2007, 07:14:11 PM »
That is a beautiful desk!  How is the roll top built?  Is it glued to a canvas backing or held together with an interlocking joint?

And what is this "Freecycle" you speak of? :)
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« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2007, 08:09:29 PM »
metalspinner..email me and i'll fill you in on freecycle..the roll top cover is interlocking jointed

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Re: roll top desk
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2008, 05:49:05 PM »
sanded the old finish off from the top of the rolltop..its gettin there..tis bootiful :o

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Re: roll top desk
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2008, 06:04:53 PM »
Work away, long winter yet.  :)
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