I finally realized that my peace of mind was worth a lot more than I'd spent on that desk, and resolved to let it go, even if I had to give it away. So, before we left New York, I found out that some friends of mine really liked it; I tried to give it to them, but they insisted on paying me for it. Since I wanted a workbench instead of a desk anyway, I sold it to them for about what we thought a workbench would cost, and planned to buy one when we got settled in California.
We're not quite settled yet, but I got my workbench! Sears was having a clearance sale on their old models, and the one I wanted was out of stock. However, they were willing to sell me the display model. Now, for some folks, that display model might have been a disappointment. But for me, it was better than having a new one.
See, the bench I wanted can be purchased with either a metal or a wood top. In order to show customers both tops, Sears put half wood and half metal on the display model. Can you say work surface and soldering station? I can! And I have them both on the same bench. For an additional 15% off the clearance price.
Just about the amount I spent on lampwork beads yesterday.