A George II Ash Bureau – Part Three

I slathered the dovetails with glue and knocked the carcase together. The dustboards were slipped into their housings with just the drawer dividers glued at the front of the carcase. A pocket – formed by a vertical divider – is incorporated at each side of the carcase between the writing surface and the top drawer divider to accommodate the lopers.

To keep the lopers and top drawer from walloping about inside the carcase, a pair of tight fitting guides were tapped into shallow housings in the top dustboard behind the vertical dividers (fig. 1) and again, glued just at the front.


Fig. 1. Combined loper and top drawer guide (viewed from rear of carcase).

A 1/4″ thick ash lipping was glued onto the front faces of the pine drawer dividers and the carcase which conceals the drawer divider housings and generally makes the front of the bureau more presentable (figs. 2 & 3).


Fig. 2. Ash lipping finishes the carcase front.


Fig. 3. Loper pocket.

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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2 Responses to A George II Ash Bureau – Part Three

  1. Joe says:

    The verticle divders for the lopers…are they in stoped dados, top and bottom or just bottom (in the pine drawer dividers and butted at the top)? I see that the ash lipping covers the joint but I was wondering f the lopper divider was attached to the top to the top/writing surface


    • Jack Plane says:

      On bureaux of this pedigree, these loper dividers were usually inserted into flat bottomed housings in both the writing surface and first drawer divider. This method is perfectly adequate as their proximity to the half-dovetailed joints in the carcase sides affords them a good degree of integrity. On best work they were half- or fully dovetailed into the writing surface and first drawer divider.

      This is not a London piece, so I adopted the former ‘county town’ method.



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