Have a new project to start for my wife. It's a secretary's desk that my sister had picked up somewhere and gave to us recently.
No veneers, looks to be solid mahogany and popular, but not fine woodworking. It's joined mostly with dados, rabbets, glue, and nails nothing fancy, so won't feel too bad about painting it once the repairs are done.
It's got a few repairs to be done. Looks as if it sat in a wet basement for a few years. One of the front legs was broke off and the other side was warped, coming loose. Also had a couple of hole in the top where it looked like they must have had a book case screwed to the top. The pigeon hole was sitting inside, unattached, it was once glued to the bottom side of the top.
I'm mostly curious if it was a home shop built project or or mass produced at one time, couldn't find any numbers, labels, or writing on it anywhere. The hinges and drop supports were stamped with Stanley, Made in USA, but nothing on the stamped drawer pulls
I do plan to leave the drawers and inside the desk unpainted, just a stained and varnished look for those. Outside will be painted black to match our kitchen cabinets and such.