Refinishing an old oak teacher's desk

dave346June 6, 2009

I picked up an older oak desk today, very typical style I've seen many times before but finally got one of my own. It's worn, and so I'm planning to refinish it, but I'm not sure what to do about the top. Heck, I don't even know what the top is made out of. Anybody have any ideas, and what the best way to go about refinishing it would be?

Here are a couple pictures, first of the desk as a whole, then a closer shot of the top, including some of the worst damage on it so you can get an idea of what I'm up against. It sure doesn't look like any kind of wood insert to me.

There is also some damage to a couple pieces that I'm going to repair, in fact a couple small trim pieces I expect to replace outright -- any trick to finding the best matching oak?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Jon1270

The top looks like leather to me, although that would be a big piece of leather. Maybe some synthetic leather alternative? Is it relatively soft? Whatever it is, I think you'll want to replace that stuff rather than "refinish" it.

The wood looks like basic red oak, very common in institutional furniture.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 5:57AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Fixing Nail Polish Remover Damage on a Solid Walnut Table
I need to fix some damage from nail polish remover...
alaurenb
Need help with staining alder cabinets
Can someone share with me the right way to stain the...
aktillery9
Table saw for hobby work.
I searched this question on here and I did find a few...
greenhavenrdgarden
Fence building Question
I'm building a board on board redwood fence. 1 x 8...
waynebo
Best Finish over Oil Based Stain
I stained my table with Early American by Minwax, both...
logies101
Sponsored Products
Fireclay Butler Large 29.5-inch Kitchen Sink
Overstock.com
Mermaid Figurehead Bookend - Set of 2
$29.99 | Dot & Bo
Eclipse Chandelier by Currey & Company
$940.00 | Lumens
38 Inch Bathroom Vanity Set
TheBathOutlet
60" Marilla Double Vanity for Semi-Recessed Sinks
Signature Hardware
Hudson Valley Hillsdale 18" Wide Old Bronze Wall Sconce
Lamps Plus
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™