I want to restore it to its former but updated glory. Since 1946 the tanker desk has been manufactured the same way made of thick gauge steel that is practically immortal reliable and simple.
Hi i am wondering if anyone has any experience of restoring a 1950s hon steel tanker desk.
Steel tanker desk restoration. The tanker desk was the largest selling commercial desk in the world and well suited for schools offices and governmental institutions up until the 1980s. In fact the material out of which these desks were constructed and the manufacturing process itself are too costly and impractical for todays furniture companies to afford on a mass production. Steelcase tanker desk restoration tips.
But elegant in any setting. It wasnt much to look at but it could and did take all the abuse a boy could throw at it. A discussion started in 2003 but continuing through 2018.
We are going to have the unit sand blasted to get rid of the rust and the lovely ahem gray paint to get the shiny metaled look. The latest project i completed was an all steel equipment tanker desk that i purchased at an online auction back in february. Its in decent shape workable but dinged and dirty.
When i was kid i had an old mid century steel tanker desk painted a lovely 80s beige. Tanker desks ubiquitous in american and canadian offices in the 1950s were favoured because of their sturdiness and high guage steel construction. They dont call them tanker desks for nothing.
Here is the initial photo of the desk as taken by the online auction. One of the projects to tackle was getting him a desk to go under his new lofted bed. I recently got my hands on an old 50s 60s era steelcase type desktable.