I just finished this desk a couple of days ago. The owners asked me to make her pretty and it was my pleasure to do it. I love these mahogany pieces....they are so beautiful that I really hate to paint them, and I know I've said that many more times than anyone likes to hear!! These pieces were relatively easy to find here, but they are becoming more desirable and harder to find. They were commonly found on the military bases up here. I was able to sand the top and apply gel stain, use some oil and gel stain on the rest of her, and then I added 3 coats of Polyacrylic. This is how she looked before her beauty treatment....
She was a nice sturdy desk, but had quite a few nicks and scratches and was a bit faded looking.