Cool old "Typewriter" desk

July 21st, 2010 in member junk     
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When I found this desk, it definitely didnt look like this! It had 70 years of dirt on it, but with a little work it looks pretty good.
The desk top rolls back and down making the space where a typewriter would be bolted onto this space. Then, when you were done typing, it disappeared! Magic!
This is a picture of the before...
This really shows how dirty it was!
When I found this desk, it definitely didnt look like this! It had 70 years of dirt on it, but with a little work it looks pretty good.

When I found this desk, it definitely didn't look like this! It had 70 years of dirt on it, but with a little work it looks pretty good.

I happened to find this great old oak "typewriter desk" on Craigs list for next to nothing. They date back to the 1940s and are really amazing little pieces of the past. It's solid quarter sawn oak so it will last another century if it's given just a little TLC!

Pattern or design used: My own design
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Comments (22)

trike writes: I have one but it is made of medal not wood does any one know if it is old Posted: 5:21 am on April 22nd
BrownEyed_Nana writes: Maria, this caught my eye a few months back but fell into the seemingly endless things saved/bookmarked for later reading. Was thrilled to see it again today. As most who have commented, I had this exact desk. I was in a time of minimalizing and am ashamed that I sold this beautiful historical desk. I think It sold for about $150. I did not do a complete refinish Just a few touch ups. It was in good shape. I look forward to visiting your blog!
Curious, did you keep yours? Posted: 2:07 pm on March 31st
kmfrech writes: to shellbie I have the same desk as you, if you pull the top drawer on the left hand side all the way out and then look inside you will find a metal stick kind of thing along the ouside wall pull it up and open the bottom drawers at the same time. when you close that drawer it will lock up again kinda like a hidden lock kind of thing.
Posted: 5:47 pm on October 16th
Shelbie writes: I have the same desk with 3 drawers on the left. It was my grandfathers. I had it in storage for many years because I can't get the drawers on the left side unlocked & no one seems to know where the key is. I recently moved, took it out of storage & refinished it. It is beautiful & I love it! The only problem is I can't use the left side & I'm afraid the close the drawers on the right side all the way. Any suggestions about how to unlock it or where I can get a key?Any thoughts are appreciated.
Shelbie Posted: 7:49 am on June 10th
Edward writes: I have one very similar to this, but w/ 3 drawers on each side. this was my grandfathers desk and I believe it dates back to the 30's (not sure). What did you use to restore it? Posted: 11:09 am on November 13th
Sourdough writes: Does anyone know who made this particular desk? I've had one exactly like this for 20 or so years and was about to stick it on CraigsList but had no idea its worth or manufacturer.
The board that apparently the typewriter would have rested on is gone but the mechanism is there and the crossbar (or is it a footrest is still there. Sure would appreciate any information anyone can provide. My wife is trying to get me to get rid of it and I'm kinda partial to it.
Thanks all. Posted: 3:38 pm on April 10th
scotty writes: I have a desk just like this one. I bought it about 40 years ago. I would like to know what it is worth. Mine needs to be refinished. I also have an vintage Royal typewriter.
Thanks Scotty
Posted: 5:53 pm on January 21st
Janie writes: I love it! I never even knew typewriter desks existed until one day I walked into this nice thrift shop. This is a Hospice shop so most of the items are not real old or antiques. But this desk caught my eye. It seemed so out of place there. It was opened and I thought it was a "secretary" desk only the middle opened up,not down. I thought,"Why would they need 2 desks in one?" not knowing the middle was were a typewriter would sit.
I came back the next day and someone had closed it. Then I realized it was really special and bought it. I've had five people who came back in later ask the shop to call me if I was inteested in selling it. Npe! I LOVE it! I'm keeping it the way it is and it's a real conversation piece. I keep my art supplies in it.
I really love your desk! Posted: 8:45 am on September 2nd
antiquesue writes: i found a old typewriter desk with dropleaf on wheel i don't know how old it is but i plan to restore it. do you think it would be worth restoring. the legs have a level to pull the wheels up so the legs will be on the floor. i wish i could post a picture of it but i have no camra. Posted: 2:07 pm on April 10th
johnwoogs writes: I have the exact same desk, with a Royal KMM typewriter attached on the inside. Mine also has three drawers on the left side as well. The desk and typewriter are both in good condition. Do you have any idea what kind of value these have? Posted: 12:54 am on February 3rd
scruffytim writes: I just found an old typewriter desk. It needs a little work, but it's in good shape. It is stamped on the bottom
#6 Typewriter Desk
American Furniture Co
Martinsville, VA.
Can anyone give me info on this?
Posted: 7:54 pm on July 29th
ILikeItVintage writes: Very nice find and good work! I have never come across one of these in the past 6 years that I have been going to Estate Sales. First thing I thought of was what a great place to put a lap top in! Posted: 3:52 pm on July 28th
JunkArchitect writes: Marie, it really turned out incredible. I’ve used the same wood restorer and the stuff works wonders.

Posted: 5:12 am on July 25th
alicemom writes: Marie,
You out did yourself! It turned out wonderful.
smiles, alcie Posted: 9:18 pm on July 22nd
LadyCatherine writes: I love these desks. I have one exactly like it in my home office. It was my mothers, She went to secretarial school in the 1940's. I also have her royal typewriter sitting in it displayed.. ready to type... Great find!! You did an excellent job with the TLC Posted: 6:18 pm on July 22nd
shamrockerin writes: wow- what a beautiful transformation! It looks well worth the effort of scrubbing 70 yrs of dirt off. Posted: 2:41 pm on July 22nd
Grasshopper22 writes: I have been looking for a desk like that...beautiful! Great find... Posted: 7:17 am on July 22nd
MakinItHappen writes: Well, now that you've made it new again, what will you use it for? You have so much energy; you can come to my house and help me! Posted: 7:55 pm on July 21st
artteachergirl writes: Marie you are putting your summer off to good use...wonderful desk! Did you mosaic the side we can't see? Just kidding! Just beautiful! Posted: 7:29 pm on July 21st
sandyrae writes: this reminds me of my Grandma, she always said "Learn to type so you'll have something to fall back on."
Nice job! Posted: 5:35 pm on July 21st
shabbychick writes: Marie - how awesome. I've never seen one of those. You did a wonderful job restoring it. What a great place to hide a laptop when it's not being used!

Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Posted: 4:27 pm on July 21st
racers7 writes: I love old wooden desks, they look so solid and substantial. Nice work. Melody Posted: 4:17 pm on July 21st
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