Carpentry and Building Construction
by John L. Feirer, Gilbert R. Hutchings, Mark D. Feirer
This is without a doubt the most complete book on basic carpentry and
construction you can buy. Reading almost like a textbook, it gives novices the
basics to increase confidence, but is also a valuable reference for the
experienced handyman. This book passes the "Desert Island" test, for
sure! In fact, it is rumored that the Swiss Family Robinson used some of the
techniques in this book to help them plan their own island castle.
NH still has the an early edition of this book, from 1976, that has seen him
through many projects. Some things are timeless, and Carpentry
and Building Construction is one of them!