Q: I recently acquired a great curb-find: a 40s or 50s era teacher's desk (solid oak, dovetail joints, pullout writing shelves on both sides, it's okay to be jealous) and I've been sanding it down to refinish it and sell it. The one challenge with this desk has been the inlay on the top, which was originally some kind of weird asphalt-y stuff, almost like tire rubber. It was all pockmarked and warped so I decided it couldn't be saved and took it out, figuring I could replace it with something — maybe even something awesome! If only I knew what that was:
So what ought to be done? Is the wood on the top good enough to use as the desktop? Should I cover it with something else? Nobody wants a (p)leather inlay anymore, do they? I thought about putting some kind of patterned paper or something and putting a glass inlay over it, but I suspect it'd be expensive, plus a logistical PITA to get it cut to exactly the right size.
After I figure that out, then I tackle the whole stain-or-paint decision. :) Suggestions welcome on that, too.
Sent by Tracy
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