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  1. I think most furniture makers have a collection of books for inspiration and techniques and these three are top on my list for techniques, when I started making miniature furniture I knew next to nothing about joinery techniques. Let's start with a book written for miniature furniture makers, I only know of two that show how to do joinery in miniature and this one is my favorite of the two because of the amount of projects in the book. This is a good book for beginners who wants to learn joinery techniques, I still refer to it from time to time, it doesn't cover every technique but is a good starting point. I really like this book of Norman Vandal's, I built two of the Queen Anne chair that is on the front cover, the chairs was my second miniature build where I used joinery and I don't think I could have done it without this book. His plans are excellent, showing lots of detail and he gives in depth written instructions too, I find many writers assume the woodworker knows the techniques and just glances over them. I highly recommend this book for anyone who want to start downscaling full size furniture and each piece in this book is beautiful too, so far I have build three pieces out of this book. And lastly this one that gives in depth information on the history, techniques and structure of furniture made in the eighteenth century, he also has a chapter on working out dimensions when you only have a photo to work from, a chapter on how they finished the furniture which I found very interesting and lastly some drawings showing the joinery of some of the most beautiful furniture examples of the time. Please join in and tell us about some of your favorite books, I don't think we can ever have too many books on this subject.
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