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Hi Robert, It's Vince from Down Under again.

I need to disassemble the pigeon holes on my desk so I can strip the dark/old varnish off and re-varnish anew.

I’m a bit nervous about this because they may not go back together rigidly.

Pigeon holes are currently held together with small panel pins/nails and I think glue.

I don't want to break anything taking them apart, so what’s the best plan of attack Re: Disassembly and reassembly?...regards..Vince

not knowing your skill set in this regard i cannot tell you what to do.  i rarely take them apart, just out.

i clean them using mineral spirits, sometimes lacquer thinner after, wipe them with 320 grit paper, then respray them with shellac.

it is not easy to take apart and put back together pigeonholes in roll top desks the 10th time much less the first time.

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In regards to American antique, vintage and collectible furniture I can help with wood identification, styles, age, periods, historical coatings, materials, techniques, repair, restoration, refinishing, and value. I do not study mid century and later furniture nor do I deal in lamps, and other smalls. You may ask for values and I will give you current market values, I will not give you 'feel good' values. Understand that there are many factors that contribute to market value. If you want a feel good, unrealistic number, please call a local inexperienced appraiser. It is my desire to help you and in doing so I increase my knowledge as well. For that I thank you.


I have been in the antiques furniture and restoration business and in the sales of antique furniture for 40+ years and have continued my education in the trade attending workshops and seminars by various organizations, institutions, and private collectors.

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