The best furniture making books 📚

Browse the best books on furniture making as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Amazing Furniture Makeovers: Easy DIY Projects to Transform Thrifted Finds Into Beautiful Custom Pieces

Amazing Furniture Makeovers: Easy DIY Projects to Transform Thrifted Finds Into Beautiful Custom Pieces

By Jen Crider

Why this book?

If you’ve ever looked at an old piece of furniture and imagined giving it new life, you absolutely need this book! Jen shows step by step how easy it really is to give furniture a whole new look with just a few basic supplies. She shares gorgeous examples of her own furniture transformations, as well as practical tips for how to create your own unique finished pieces. You’ll soon find yourself so inspired that you’re looking for furniture to makeover in every thrift store and yard sale!

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Book cover of The Why & How of Woodworking: A Simple Approach to Making Meaningful Work

The Why & How of Woodworking: A Simple Approach to Making Meaningful Work

By Michael Pekovich

Why this book?

This is a beautiful and thoughtful book. And much like others on this list, it offers up a personal take on woodworking. Mike feels that shop time should be devoted to engagement in the work, and offers up strategies for achieving that goal. He also offers beautiful projects, from simple to fairly advanced, that foster learning a slew of techniques for accurate work. The book also includes a discussion of design and its role for the woodworker.
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Book cover of The Practical Book of Period Furniture - Treating of Furniture of the English, American Colonial and Post-Colonial, and Principal, French Periods

The Practical Book of Period Furniture - Treating of Furniture of the English, American Colonial and Post-Colonial, and Principal, French Periods

By Harold Donaldson Eberlein, Abbot McClure

Why this book?

Photographs and detailed line drawings cover virtually the entire history of European furniture construction. Not merely a catalogue this book goes into minute detail about construction of the finest furniture that was ever made by hand from clockcases to bedsteads. It explains stylistic details as well as actual methods.

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Book cover of Solid-Wood Cabinet Construction: 70 Contemporary Designs with Details

Solid-Wood Cabinet Construction: 70 Contemporary Designs with Details

By Franz Karg

Why this book?

Franz Karg's book is a challenge: Design and build cabinets without any sheet goods—all solid wood— and make the designs exciting, the joinery accommodate stress and expansion and contraction while adding to the quality of design, or even inspiring the design. Working your way through these designs will kick your thinking and your construction approach up a notch!

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Finna

By Nino Cipri

Why this book?

I hate Ikea stores. To me, they are hellish landscapes and this book—set in a fictional store modelled after Ikea—just gets me! This novella is a hilarious romp through the multiverse, balancing swashbuckling adventure with quiet yet razor-sharp insight into the ebb and flow of romantic relationships. This story shows that navigating love can be even more complicated than navigating interdimensional wormholes!
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Book cover of By Hound & Eye: A Plain & Easy Guide to Designing Furniture with No Further Trouble

By Hound & Eye: A Plain & Easy Guide to Designing Furniture with No Further Trouble

By George Walker, Jim Tolpin, Andrea Love

Why this book?

Forget the tape measure. Leave the fractions, decimals, and mathematics behind. Long before the tape measure was a universal adornment on the woodworker’s belt, people designed furniture, houses, bridges, and cathedrals using nothing more than simple whole number ratios. This slender tome will show you how to do just that and will entertain you along the way. 

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