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 (fig. 2).
Fig. 2. Ash lipping finishes the carcase front.
Fig. 3. Loper pocket.