Northwest #11: Kryz's 1939 Hollywood Desk

Northwest #11: Kryz's 1939 Hollywood Desk

leslie
Jan 31, 2008

Name: Kryz
Location: Berkeley
Time: 16 hours
Cost: $442.36

Description:
Signed: Rulon E. Murphy - Hollywood Calif. - Jan. 1939

Features:
A combination of solid Birdseye Maple and veneer, turned knobs, stilted legs, and five drawers. 53" x 16.75" x 29.25"h

Issues:
Potted plant on the top surface caused a severe watermark, and rippling of the veneer. An opaque cherry stain is concealing the radiant Birdseye grain patterns. Surface has nail polish remover marks, and overall wear.

Objective:
Re-veneer the top, strip the finish, sand to the natural Birdseye color, and refinished "green", highlight the exquisite wood.


BEFORE

Tell us the tools and resources you used for the project:

  • 3M Hi-Strength Spray Adhesive 90
  • Soy bean stripper from soyclean.biz (non-toxic)
  • Sheet of Birdseye maple veneer from veneersupplies.com
  • (5) 220 sandpaper, (5) 320 sandpaper. (2) 400 grit
  • #00, #0000 steel wool
  • Sanding block 220 grit
  • Bondo wood filler
  • Bullseye Shellac (all natural, non-toxic)
  • Howard's bees wax and citrus oil (all natural, non-toxic)
  • Bag of rags
  • Razors
  • Scraper
  • Natural bristle brush
  • Dewalt palm sander


    TOOLS

    Share step-by-step instructions for how you completed the project:

    Day 1:

  • Removed the top surface from the desk
  • Laid down towel over the damaged veneer, and steamed the surface with a household iron allowing the glue to get soft and veneer to ripple
  • Then lifted the veneer with a scraper and scraped off the glue
  • Once the veneer and glue was completely off used a razor along the edge to remove debris and create a clean sharp edge
  • Sanded the surface with 220 to remove excess glue. Did a few minor fills with Bondo to create a completely flat surface
  • Measured the space and cut the veneer to size using an L square ruler and razor
  • Fit the veneer into place
  • Cut a piece of craft paper slightly larger than the veneer
  • Sprayed the back of the veneer and top surface with 3M adhesive and allowed it to dry for 3 minutes
  • Then sprayed another coat in the opposite direction and allowed it to dry to a tacky surface
  • Then used the craft paper to separate the two surfaces while lining them up to the exact position
  • Once ready, pulled back the craft paper one inch to get the initial connection established
  • Slowly removed the craft paper a few inches and used a steel roller to press the two firmly together
  • Repeated this process until the surface was completely flat
  • Then lightly sanded the surface
  • Began stripping the desk with the soybean stripper.
  • Allowed the stripper to soak in, and used #00 steel wool pad to scrub the surface, and a cotton rag to
    > wipe the surface clean
  • Used a natural bristle brush to clean out the corners. Repeated this process until the finish was removed to the bare wood
  • Allowed it to dry overnight


    DURING

    Day 2:

  • Completely sanded the surfaces with a Dewalt palm sander on the flat surfaces, and sanding blocks on the rounded areas
  • Starting with 220 grit, then 320, - 400 to make the grain pop
  • Removed all the dust
  • Then sprayed the first coat of shellac. Allowed this to dry two hours, and sprayed another coat. Then allowed the shellac to dry for five days

    Day 3:

  • Wet sanded with 400-600 grit for a smooth finish.
  • Used #0000 steel wool on the curved areas. Then buffed with Howard's bees wax and citrus oil to an all-natural gloss finish


    AFTER
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