How-to Books

There are several how-to books related to carpentry and building.  These books can be  purchased through the amazon book store located here on this page.  Before you begin browsing the amazon books, I've listed a few of the books that I have read that helped me many times while designing and building my own projects...

Modern Carpentry, by Willis H. Wagner, has been one of my most valuable carpentry reference books.  It covers all of the important elements of building residential structures.  I own the one that was printed in 1979.  This latest version was updated in 2003.
Modern Carpentry Book

The Timeless Way of Building and A Pattern Language (shown below), by Christopher Alexander, are both excellent books that provide a unique study of architectural design based on the patterns of building used throughtout history around the world.   
The Timeless Way of Building

We hope that you will find these books very useful when building your future projects.  Remember, when you purchase these how-to books through this website, it helps to support

How-to Books

As a carpenter and building designer, I have read many books like the ones that are available on this site.  It was the knowledge in those books, combined with many years of my personal experiences, and the experiences of the carpenters that I worked with, that taught me what I know about carpentry.

Carpentry is not something that you will learn over night, but as you build more and more projects like the ones provided for free on, your knowledge will grow. 

By reading books on carpentry and construction, like the ones available through the amazon book store, your knowledge will grow even more, and before you know it, you'll have a workshop full of tools, and things around your house that you can proudly say that you built yourself!  Have fun!

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