The reading slope is made up of a central panel floating within a mitred frame, joined at the corners with loose tenons. Once the slope has been cleaned up, I will work a simple moulding around the edge.
The drawer stuff is all quartersawn oak and closely resembles the wainscot of the day. The bottom boards for the drawers are, at 3/16″ (4.8mm) thick, basically thick veneer. After sawing and planing two 30″ x 6″ x 3/16″ boards, I rubbed their edges together with some glue. The result was instantaneous and the joined boards were able to be held horizontally by one corner without fear of them falling apart. Modern adhesives are incapable of this.
The grain direction of drawer bottoms of this period ran from front to back. After I have scraped the joined board clean, it will be cut into the two individual bottom boards.
The drawer construction at this date consisted of through dovetails front and back with glued-in bottom boards and runners.