Book Recommendations

I Can Do That- 20 Beautiful and Easy Furniture Projects by Chad Stanton  This book was designed for a woodworker with limited tools. However, these pieces don’t lack quality or beauty.   Click here

Illustrated Cabinet Makingby Bill Hylton Highly Recommended This book is a MUST HAVE! I reach for this book constantly. This book shows a wide range of joinery, furniture styles, various suggestions, and ideas for design. But most importantly it gives the common stand sizes and dimensions for furniture. A great source for reference. Click here

Measured Drawings of Shaker Furniture and Woodenwareby Ejner Handberg This book is not a “how-to” step by step book. But rather it has fully measured drawing with notes, tips, and suggestions for you to make your own classic Shaker-style pieces of furniture. Click here

Classic Arts and Craft Furniture 14 timeless designsby Robert Lang. – The Arts and Craft movement had its time and place in England as well as America. And it still is a style that many people enjoy today. This book has not only step-by-step procedures but also measured drawings to help you build anyone of these classic pieces.  Click here

Shaping Woodby Lonnie Bird– This book is 294 pages of precision ways to do complex molding, carvings, turning, and bendings shapes. If you enjoy period furniture or just want something to make your piece of furniture stand out, this book has tons of ways to do that. Click Here

How to design and Construct Period Furniture by Franklin Gotshall  Highly Recommended This book has to be the best one to learn about period furniture. Extremely thorough and even gives a review questions at the end of each chapter. Click here 

Elementary Cabinetworkby Frank Henry Seldon  This book was once used as a manual in high school shop classes in 1909. But don’t think it’s just for kids. This book teaches the fundamentals of good woodworking lessons and projects. Click Here

Old Ways of Working Woodby Alex W. Bealer  A nice book showing ways of doing woodworking with just hand tools. Easy to read with charming hand-sketched drawings. Learn to chop down a tree all the way to using a treadle lathe. Click here

The Encyclopedia of Furnitureby Joseph Aronson  Highly Recommended An excellent resource for learning terms, styles, and giving inspiration about furniture. This book is packed with pictures and worth every penny. Click here

Early American Country Furnitureby Denis Hambucken  A wonderful easy to follow step by step book to make some simple classic country furniture. Wonderful photos and illustrations.  Click here

The Real Wood Bibleby Nick Gibbs  Great resource for selecting the correct wood for your next project. It shows 100 different woods with a beautiful up close picture, characteristics, and general information such as the strengths and weaknesses of each species. Click here

CNC Router Essentialsby Randy Johnson  If you are beginning in CNC woodworking or have some experience, this is a great book to get going and learning this new wave of the future. Click here

The Complete Guide to Chip Carvingby Wayne Barton  If computer carving is not your thing, this book is great to show you have to make beautiful carvings with just two simple knives. Click here

Dictionary of Toolsby R.A. Salaman  If you enjoy learning about tools from 1700-1970 this book has every tool ever listed. Click here

Chairmaking SimplifiedKerry Pierce This is a well-rounded book on different construction methods commonly used to make chairs, however, it’s mostly shaker style chairs Click here

Designing and Building ChairsTaunton Press This book is a collection of different articles over the years from Fine Woodworking magazine featuring different woodworkers.  Click here

The Windsor Style in AmericaCharles Santore This is a book all about the windsor chair. There are hundreds of different windsor chair styles in this book. This book however is strictly about the origin and history of the chair and not a “how-to” building book. But I did really enjoy reading it. Click here

Practical Design solutions and strategiesTaunton Press  Highly Recommended This book is a collection of articles from Fine Woodworking. There are no actual projects or plans in this book, but it is chuck full of wonderful information to improve your woodworking skills. Click here

Tage Frid teaches Woodworking-Three step by step guidebooks to essential woodworking techniquesTage Frid Highly Recommended This is an older book but a wonderful source of information. This was one of my very first books I bought. Click Here

Japanese Joinery (the complete)Hartley & Marks The book is focused mostly on old-school methods of house framing, but the joinery can easily be scaled down to be used for furniture. Wonderful illustrations and tons of info.  Click here

the Art of Japanese JoineryKiyosi Seike This book has a lot of illustrations for different types of joinery, however, it does not do a good job in telling the step-by-step procedure. If yu are a beginner I would not recommend this book. But if you have some experience, you can look at the drawing and figure out the necessary steps. Click Here

Japanese Woodworking ToolsToshio Odate Just as the title describes, this book explains all the different tools the Japanese use in their shop. It also explains the tradition of the tools and how they are different from Western-style tools. Interesting read. Click Here

English Historic CarpentryCecil A. Hewett  This book is all about the ancient building method of timber framing. If you enjoy architecture designs, then this is a good book for you. Click Here

From Tree to TableAlan Garbers If you are into rustic furniture, this was a fun book. It’s rather simple and elementary, but I did enjoy it and I did pick up a tip or two. Click here

Make Your Own Woodworking Tools Mike Burton Highly Recommended If you want to be a woodcarver but can’t afford the chisels this book shows you how to make your own from scraps of metal and make a forge with simple household items. It’s part blacksmithing part woodworking. Click here

Guide to Becoming a Professional CabinetmakerJim Tolpin Highly Recommended If you ever wondered about building cabinets as a full-time profession then you must first read this book. Jim explains if you have what it takes to do it full time. He breaks down everything you need to know. Click here

Green Woodworking Drew Langsner– Working with green wood is very different from wood that is dry. But it can be enjoyable and fun to make something from branches off a tree. This book does a nice job explaining and understanding green wood and the simple tools used to make different projects. Click here

Making Classic Country ChairsDavid Bryant– This book has step-by-step instructions, measured drawing, jigs, and technique tips, and has 14 different chairs you can build. Click here

Guide to Buying Antique FurnitureRachael Field– Okay most of us would rather make furniture than buy it. But this book gives great details about identifying if the furniture is a real antique or a fake. Not an accurate book for pricing today’s antique furniture, but definitely can educate you. Click here

How to Build Shaker FurnitureThos. Moser– This book is certainly old, but it still has very useful methods on how to build this classic, simple-looking furniture. Thos. Moser is a renowned furniture maker. Full of good techniques Click Here

New Listing  Classic Carving Patterns Lora Irish– This book is exactly what it says. It’s not a step-by-step how-to carve book. It has a large variety of different patterns from line designs, triangles, circular and more. It’s a great book for getting ideas to design your own patterns. Click here 

New Listing  Norwegian Woodcarving TextbookOdd Fauske- I absolutely love this book. Again it is not a how-to carve book, even though it’s called a textbook. This book is loaded with all kinds of patterns that are classic of the Norwegian style.

New Listing  The Anatomy of Viking ArtJonas Lau Markussen– Originally I bought this book hoping for a lot of art patterns. It does have some. But it’s largely a history book and a breakdown of the different changes over the years of the Viking patterns and style. Click here