Encyclopedia of Furniture Making, Ernest Joyce, 1970
Get the unrevised edition from a used bookstore. The new version is not very well done. All they did to revise this classic was to change the order of the chapters and add some color pictures and in doing so they made it rather confusing to read
Modem Practical Joinery, George Ellis, Reprint of 1908 edition
Available from many catalogs or direct from Linden Publishing
The Practical Woodworker and The Complete Woodworker
Reprints from Ten Speed Press. Two nice books from the turn of the century well worth having.
Adventures in Wood Finishing, George Frank, 1981
The Taunton Press . Just a fun read.
Dictionary of Woodworking Tools, R.A. Salaman, 1975
Reprint available from The Astragal Press. Covers just about every woodworking tool ever made or thought of, even a neat way to make a hat.
The Workbench Book, Scott Landis, 1987
The Taunton Press, worth every penny.
The Unknown Craftsman, Soetsu Yanagi, 1972
Kodansha International, A sometimes hard to read book, but it should be on your shelf.
Welsh Stick Chairs, John Brown, 1990
The author’s attitude and approach to chairs makes this worth having.
The Making of Tools, Alexander G. Weygers, 1973
You will probably have to find this one at a used bookstore. I have also heard that Ten Speed Press has a reprint.
Planecraft, Hand Planing by Modem Methods, C. W. Hampton and E. Clifford, 1934
Try Woodcraft Supply to find this one. I believe they are the publishers of the reprints.
Keeping the Cutting Edge, Harold H. Payson, 1983
Woodenboat Publications, You need this book to learn how to sharpen saws.
The Woodwrights Eclectic Workshop, Roy Underhill, 1991
University of North Carolina Press. I like all of Roy Underhill’s books, but this one is worth having if for nothing more than the introduction.
All of Jim Krenov’s books