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    roll top desk in pine

    I am preparing to finish this desk but the roll top has me a little worried. I have started sanding everything and think I will use a sanding sealer before putting on the finish. I want a darker finish and plan on using minwax polyshade in the bombay mahogony in satin.
    I plan to rag on the stain but is this going to work with the roll top? How do you keep evrything from sticking together. All those slats & grooves ...

    Here's the desk


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    hopefully you haven't glued it up yet, as one would stain a roll top before assembling it.
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    another suggestion would be to have the back loose so yu can insert the roll top after the finish stages are done..if its together your gonna have trouble with stain of any kind.. clear finish would be easier and less noticable,, but we have some refinisher folks in our group who might now of a trick to get it done if its enclosed already.
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    Yikes, I'm not liking what I am hearing ...
    I got this desk top second hand from someone who purchased it from an unfinished furniture store. I will look to see if I can get the top out, but it doesn't look too good. Maybe a couple coats of wax are in my future.
    I have thoght about a clear coat because the pine looks great.
    Any alternatives to suggest?
    Last edited by matt fonner; 08-14-2009 at 01:30 PM.

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    OK, I can get the bottom off and the top wiil come out. The roll top part, though, is glued up with a cloth strap to hold it all together.


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    You should be able to disassemble the door by removing the strap. NUMBER THE PIECES AS YOU TAKE THEM APART! You can reassemble using some glue and canvas. You should be able to find some good info from others here or via a google search on "tambour door".
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    Renie's right. Taking it apart is the only way to get it done right.
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    from the looks of your picture it has been decanvased before,, the shaded area is a dead give away.. you got lucky on gettin it apart..now your safe to make it any color under the sun
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    pull it apart and spray it wit tinted lacquer.

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    Ok, you win. I'll take the door apart. Now, when it goes back together, would I use wood glue, hot glue ?

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