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I just moved and took with me an antique maple wood desk my grandfather built in 1944 for my father to use 4 school born same year. My grandfather built many things perfect detail and would make hand carved grooves etc 2 perfection from homes to tiny decorative details perfect measurements like an obsession.

The desk is a mess per finish only and I want to know how to restore it but am clueless and in an apartment so would need 2 do it on the balcony in fresh air. How do I do this as non construction type other than changing a light-bulb? lol I'm disabled w/ms so would have 2 work slowly.

Thanks.  Mark,

Sorry for the slow response; we work out of town quite often with our wood care business.
It's nice to see that you take such pride in your grandfather's work.
I don't know how large your grandfather's desk is and the capability of moving it to your balcony.

Unfortunately it will have to have the existing finish removed; before staining etc.
you can have a local company pick it up to be refinished.
If this is the case; make sure that it won't be dipped or totally submerged in the stripper.
This sometimes has a tendency to loosen glued dowels etc. in the structure of the desk.
It can also loosen glued pieces of veneer etc.

You could actually do this your self; but, it is time consuming and messy.
The water borne strippers of today are slower than the solvent strippers; but, they work.

I recommend oil stains as well as tung oil finish, to capture the the detailed and depth perception of the desk.

If you would like to perform this task yourself; I would gladly help you, step by step.

I would love to see a picture of your desk.

Good luck,
Joe Eldredge
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We have been in the wood care business for almost 30 years (we are still learning) We do refurbishing and touch-up of furniture, paneling, antiques etc. The number one question that we receive; is what do I use on my furniture, to keep it looking moisturized, clean and get the depth perception back into the finish. I believe we can help on products to use and answer questions on why we don't use certain products that are available to us. I am sure that there are many questions on wood care that we can't answer; but, give us a try anyway. We find that many people use products for maintaining the wooden furniture, etc., and can't understand the reason it looks worse as they continue to use certain products. Most people use the products that their mothers and grandmothers used. Finishes on furniture have come a long way; from shellacs, waxes, varnishes etc. Give us an email and see if we can help with some of your questions and concerns.


Have worked in Omni, Brown Palace etc. hotels. Have refurbish items in the Colorado Govenors mansion and the Colorado Capital building etc. We have been caring for millions of dollars worth of furniture and antiques for large corporations for years.

Have received certificates from numerous companies who teach wood care clases through-out the country.

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