Ah, the tanker desk. An iconic American vintage piece. During the 40's and 50's, the Tanker Desk was a staple in many schools, military offices and police stations. The fire proof all-steel material topped with either a soft laminate or tough Formica surface, has recently been rebirthed by many refurbishers and DIY-ers. Unfortunately, a refurbished piece can get SUPER pricey. Most company's will not list their prices directly on their websites, but I've seen prices range between $800-$2,000!
::Retro Office::Chris has the luxury of working with and around a field of tanker desks at the University. When Chris and I began inquiring with some refurbishers, we learned of a local company based in my hometown of Santa Fe Springs!! Before we had a chance to visit, we came across a doozy on craigslist! I still want to check them out though.