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researching a desk

2007-07-24 19:43:26.922503-07 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Charlene found a desk, "free if we could figure out how to get it out of the house" (it had been brought in through a patio door, but a fence had been built in the probably forty years since it was put in the house), and we picked it up, thinking that it was decent wood and we could use it for some projects. We unloaded it from the roof racks this evening, looked at it a bit, and now we're wondering if it might have value to someone.

It's got a typewriter lift, the warning of which says "Please see Decalcomania for further instructions on operation and care", but searching on "Decalcomania" only brings up stuff related to a printmaking process. Much of the desk is solid wood, and even the veneer is this huge thick stuff. The blind dovetails on the drawers appear to be hand-cut, there are saw marks on the base of the tails that look inconsistent with a router cut dovetail, and the spacing is almost but not quite even.

It's not our style and we don't need a desk, but there's something about this that makes us ask if it'd have value to some retro furniture geek somewhere. It'd need some refinishing, maybe some new veneer on the drawer fronts, but for a factory built piece (that's not necessarily in a style I like, not shown in these pictures are the very 1950s-60s pedestals that it rests on) it's nicely constructed piece that could look decent with some love.

Anyone know anything about it? At the very least I'd find a cool project to do with the awesome heavy-duty typewriter lift, which slides out and then rotates up with a force that might launch, say, that neighborhood small yippie dog into the next county.

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#Comment Re: researching a desk made: 2007-07-24 22:48:20.11666-07 by: ascott

"Decalcomania" is just what the word "decal" is short for (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decal) - they're probably talking about the 'Caution!' sticker in the first image. It is a cool-looking desk; sorry I don't have a use for it!

Alan P. Scott http://www.pacifier.com/~ascott/apshome.htm

#Comment Re: made: 2007-07-25 09:17:36.564855-07 by: dexev

I have desk very similar to this one -- mine's an oak finish, and maybe not in as nice condition as yours. If you haven't figured it out, that metal thing off the end of the drawer (in the middle pic) is part of a mechanism that locks all of the drawers when the center drawer is closed.

I'll take a closer look at mine when I get home and see if I can find any sort of maker's mark or decal.

Watch your fingers^Warms in that typewriter lift!

#Comment Re: made: 2007-07-25 10:11:20.184388-07 by: Dan Lyke

Alan, that makes sense, and there was another sticker that also warned about how to use the lift.

Yeah, taking the drawers out took a little figuring [grin]. No matter what, something's going to end up using the typewriter lift in this puppy, that mechanism is just way too freakin' cool to ignore. I was thinking it'd be cool for a laptop, but I'd have to add 10-20 lbs of dead weight to avoid a launch.

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