Here's something else I got for a dollar at that school surplus auction:
It's an old wooden filing cabinet. I haven't yet figured out how old it is. I'm stripping that brown paint off the hardware which is dark brown something; if it's Bakelite, that will be a good clue. (Update: Not Bakelite. The stripper melted them.) Anyway, I had a hint of what wood was underneath by a couple of chips, so I knew it was worth bidding on. Just didn't guess that nobody else would bother to bid against me.
Here's the side I have stripped so far. Oak!
Pretty oak, too.
I asked Barry what he thought and he said it is beautiful, so since he likes it, I'm going to try to get it finished by Father's Day and give it to him as a gift.