Friday, November 18, 2011

Refinishing school desktops

You know how sometimes projects come out of left field, just at the most inopportune moments?

Well, that's how it was with this project.  Nearing the end of the school year, the teachers at our neighborhood school, where the kids from the farm attend up through grade 5, asked if we could refinish the desktops for 30 or so of the desks at the school.  They are accountable for the desks - and were concerned that they were in poor shape.  They offered that the parents would pay for the work.

So, in an effort to help out the school and teachers that educate the boys at the farm, we undertook the job on November 17th.  Before school, the kids removed the desktops and in the afternoon, they spent hours sanding them down.  That same day, we applied a coat of sanding sealer.

The next day, we began applying the lacquer top coats.

Felix Pinson preparing to apply the tinted lacquer.  This was his first time with the spray gun.

The tinted lacquer is unforgiving - because it leaves uneven color if the spray is applied unevenly.  We had some of those problems.

To even out the color, we applied another couple of coats, so the desktops ended up  rather dark.  We would have been happier with two coats evenly applied, but live and learn....

We did get the desktops finished in two days of work, so the interference with our main priority of preparing products for the ministry fair was not much delayed, and the teachers were appreciative for the help.

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