You can learn a lot about woodworking by exploring books that were published before you were born… A fantastic place to begin is George Ellis’s “Modern Practical Joinery”.
– Christopher Schwarz, “Finding Roubo via Canada“, Woodworking Magazine Weblog, December 2005
Make sure to read Chris’ short review of Ellis’ book by clicking on the link above. If you have never heard of this book, the review is must-read material, just like the book itself.
I recently ordered the book – before I knew about The Schwarz’ book review (next time I will do my homework a little better). As soon as the book arrived, I started reading. Boy, I am learning a lot by reading George Ellis’ Modern Practical Joinery. This is a 1987 reprint of the original, published in 1902. I was not familiar at all with much of the joinery shown in the book; and it reinforces much of what I have learned in woodworking through the years. It is a treasure trove of joinery.
I highly recommend this great reference book on joinery. Price range: $15 to $22 – a real bargain!