Bibliomania – Furniture Making, Period Furniture Reference and Finishing

Once again, let me stress that the following books are ones that I have found most useful (after years of relentless study).  However, they should by no means be considered the “last word” in any of the areas that they relate to, although they’re pretty darned close!


Practical Furniture Design – edited by Taunton Press

Reproducing Antique Furniture – Franklin Gottshall

The Chairmakers Workshop – Drew Langsner

Furniture Treasury – Wallace Nutting

Welsh Stick Chairs – John Brown

Building 18th Century Furniture – Glen Huey

Queen Anne Furniture – Norman Vandal  –  A MUST for any Period furniture maker

American Furniture of the 18th Century – Jeffrey P. Greene

L’Art du Menuisier – A.J. Roubo  –  Wonderful illustrations and instructions – Enjoy the digital copy of Roubo’s classic work (here) in the digital collection of the New York Public Library

Carving 18th Century American Furniture Elements – Tony Kubalak  –  This one should have been included in the carving section as well – It has one of the best presentations for carving ball and claw that I’ve seen

Making a Pie Crust Table  –  Classic Carved Furniture Series  – Tom Heller & Ron Clarkson – Certainly not for the neophyte – You get through this one with a good result, you might want to quit your day job and open a shop or simply retire while you’re at the top of your game.

Make a Windsor Chair with Michael Dunbar – Michael Dunbar


The Pennsylvania German Decorated Chest – Fabian

American Antique Furniture – Petraglia

Furniture Treasury – Volumes 1 & 2 – Wallace Nutting


The Art of Faux – Pierre Finkelstein

Classic Finishing Techniques – Sam Allen

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