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I like to use Christmas as an opportunity to amass more and more woodworking books. I'd like to hear from you all what some of your favorites are and any that you consider must-reads? I have plenty already but I'm always looking for more! Thanks guys.

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Everything Krenov wrote.  "A Cabinetmaker's Notebook" is required reading.  The rest are good but not as good.  "Soul of a Tree" by Nakashima is my second favorite.  These are both primarily philosophical books.  Most "how-to" woodworking books put me to sleep, so I tend not to read those.

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Flexner - UF

Lee/Lie-Nielsen/Hock -- sharpening, pick one. Lee's in the most comprehensive. Hock's the easiest to read.

Hoadley, UW.

For the beginner... Taunton: Furniture Techniques - Best Methods. Out of print, but worth finding.

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Eric, I agree Cabinetmaker's Notebook is phenomenal. Probably my favorite. His others are great too, but you're right that Notebook is best.

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I like Hock's book as well if you have only a light background in sharpening. I think it ranks below the other's mentioned but has value in it. 

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By hand and eye : George Walker and Jim Tolpin .

 

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If you want to learn the secret of proportions that look correct and incorporate it into furniture making this is the book for you.

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Furniture by Judith Miller is a good reference to get inspired by different styles. I am in desperate need of making a bookcase to hold all my titles, I should make it a project journal.

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Not to sound like too much of a groupie, but for a good basic understanding of the tools and flow of a 21st century shop, I recommend Marc's book Hybrid Woodworking. I am planning to read much more on woodworking I 2016 so this list of great interest to me as well. 

Question: I do most of my reading on my iPad as it's always with me so I can read more. Are there any of these books that would just not be as beneficial in digital format?  I know some are probably ONLY available in print which is fine. Advice?

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