The last report on this bureau was on the 4th of October 2013. In the interim Virginia and I have moved lock, stock and barrel to the country where I have temporarily set up shop in, what was formerly the tack room behind the stables.
The bureau’s interior drawers are made from ash and quartersawn oak (fig. 1).
Fig.1. Oak lined interior drawer.
The removable central compartment comprises a small cupboard with a solid ash door flanked by turned, split columns (fig. 2).
Fig. 2. Drawers and central compartment installed.
The compartment is retained by an ash spring (attached to the underside of the carcase top) which can be depressed via a finger hole in the top of the cupboard. With the central compartment removed, access is gained to two secret (well, they were) letter boxes which occupy the voids behind the split columns (fig. 3).
Fig. 3. Spring catch release hole and letter boxes.
Fig. 4. The cabinetwork completed.
We are currently experiencing temperatures of 42°C (108°F) with humidity plummeting from 88% to 14%. As a result the bureau is creaking and moving quite significantly, so I will postpone the finishing process until the weather settles down.