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Best Carpentry Books: The Ultimate Collection

Our list of some of the best Carpentry books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

The Complete Manual of Woodworking: A Detailed Guide to Design, Techniques, and Tools for the Beginner and Expert (1996)

 Best Carpentry Books: The Ultimate CollectionWith more than 1,800 drawings, diagrams and photos, this authoritative guide encompasses the whole art and craft of woodworking. Designed to instruct and inspire every woodworker from the beginner to the most exacting expert, it has become a classic.
Author(s): Albert Jackson, David Day

Carpentry Level 1 Trainee Guide, Paperback (5th Edition) (2013)

 Best Carpentry Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis exceptionally produced trainee guide features a highly illustrated design, technical hints and tips from industry experts, review questions and a whole lot more!
Author(s): NCCER

Woodworking Basics – Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship – An Integrated Approach With Hand and Power tools (2003)

 Best Carpentry Books: The Ultimate CollectionWoodworking Basics presents an approach to learning woodworking that has proven successful for hundreds of people who have taken the author’s introductory course over the past 20 years. Peter Korn’s method helps new woodworkers learn the right techniques from the beginning. More experienced woodworkers can use it to master the classic furniture-making skills key to fine craftsmanship.
Author(s): Peter Korn

Complete Book of Framing: An Illustrated Guide for Residential Construction (RSMeans) (2019)

 Best Carpentry Books: The Ultimate CollectionComplete Book of Framing, Second Edition—Updated and Expanded is a comprehensive guide to rough carpentry and framing, written by an expert with over forty years of framing experience. This book guides the reader through step-by-step framing instructions for floors, walls, roofs, door and window openings, and stairs. Hundreds of full-color illustrations and photos enable novice and professional framers to understand and master framing techniques.
Author(s): Scot Simpson

Carpentry Complete: Expert Advice from Start to Finish (Taunton’s Complete) (2012)

 Best Carpentry Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe nuts and bolts of carpentry, all in one handy volume. Carpenter and author Andy Engel provides homeowners with a comprehensive and easy-to-use reference for covering all home carpentry projects from the most basic to the most advanced. Full of authoritative and reliable information, Carpentry Complete is designed to help any homeowner or DIYer tackle projects with confidence.
Author(s): Andrew Engel

Carpentry and Joinery Illustrated (2010)

 Best Carpentry Books: The Ultimate CollectionFinally back in print, Carpentry & Joinery, first published in 1907, is the bible of finish carpentry from a golden era of architectural woodworking. Every aspect of joinery is covered in this book, with more than 1800 engravings and twelve spectacular plates to illustrate the topics. This incredibly comprehensive volume contains chapters on timber; joints; floors; partitions; windows; doors; moldings; tools and more.
Author(s): Paul N. Hasluck, Roy Underhill

Trim Carpentry (For Pros By Pros) (2012)

 Best Carpentry Books: The Ultimate CollectionTrim carpentry requires attention to minute detail, the right tools, and a good amount of patience and care. Written by builders from all over the country, this all-new compilation of articles from Fine Homebuilding magazine provides readers with tips, techniques, and invaluable advice from some of the best professionals in the industry.
Author(s): Editors of Fine Homebuilding

Modern Carpentry Workbook (2015)

 Best Carpentry Books: The Ultimate CollectionNOTE:This is a workbook.This workbook has been prepared for use with the textbook, Modern Carpentry. The workbook is designed to help you in your study of carpentry. It will reinforce your understanding of the correct procedures and the vast amount of technical information connected with the trade.
Author(s): Willis H. Wagner, Howard Bud Smith, et al.

Trim Carpentry and Built-Ins: Taunton’s BLP: Expert Advice from Start to Finish (Taunton’s Build Like a Pro) (2002)

 Best Carpentry Books: The Ultimate CollectionLearn how to get tight miters and crisp details when casing doors and windows, running baseboard, and putting up crown molding. Trim Carpentry and Built-Ins shows you how to get professional results with all of your common trim projects.
Author(s): Andrew Wormer, Clayton Dekorne

DEWALT Carpentry and Framing Complete Handbook (DEWALT Series) (2011)

 Best Carpentry Books: The Ultimate CollectionWhether you are a seasoned professional or just entering the construction industry, this is the ultimate handbook for residential wood framing and related topics. Packed with powerful, full-color diagrams and an easy-to-understand writing style, DEWALT Carpentry and Framing Complete Handbook does just that by spelling out, through pictures, the step-by-step procedures associated with key carpentry concepts.
Author(s): Gary Brackett

Mathematics for Carpentry and the Construction Trades (3rd Edition) (2011)

 Best Carpentry Books: The Ultimate Collectionoffers a unique approach based on the authors' experience in building construction and applied education. Loaded with photographs and detailed drawings, the text illustrates the underlying mathematics in each step of the building process.
Author(s): Alfred P. Webster, Kathryn E. Bright

Best Carpentry Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some carpentry books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Carpentry skills for Certificate III

Author(s): Alister Ford; Michael Hick; Daniel Bonnici
ID: 3169635, Publisher: , Year: 2022, Size: 159 Mb, Format: pdf

Woodworking Plans and Projects: The Step-by-Step Guide to Start Your Carpentry Workshop and to Enrich Your Home

Author(s): Deck, Anthony
ID: 2948910, Publisher: , Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Carpentry Skills for Certificate III, 2nd Edition

Author(s): Daniel Bonnici; Alister Ford; Michael Hick
ID: 3161310, Publisher: , Year: 2021, Size: 60 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly chart-busters according to USA Today, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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