The January 2012 issues of QST features an article by Kim Johnson, KC0JQH.
Kim creates a late 1950s Dream Novice station, including the construction of an appropriate desk.
He used a vintage library of 1958 and 1963 ARRL handbooks, three specific QST magazine issues from the 1957-58 period,
and the ARRL publication, How to Become a Radio Amateur.
The receiver and transmitter were from B. Goodman, W1DX articles.
A very good inspiration for Kim's work was the homebrew work on Tom Nickel, KC9KEP
Tom's beautiful builds of classic radio articles from the 1920s to present can be found here:
KC9KEP Homebrew Radios
Homebrew Work in Progress
Need a Challenge? How about the HBR-12, 50 years later Still have you steel/aluminum chassis punches?
Here is his version of Ted Crosby's HBR-12 Dual Conversion Super Heterodyne (late 1950's/early 1960's series in QST)