The top drawer of this bureau is what’s known as a “butler’s desk,” a Shaker design where a writing surface and cubbyholes are discreetly hidden behind what looks like a drawer front. This particular design can be adapted to fit into a traditionally built bureau of any type. The case and its lower three drawers are constructed just like a standard chest of drawers. The desk drawer, however, is a departure. In this article, Christian Becksvoort walks you through the steps needed to orient the parts correctly, add the dividers, and install the hardware.
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