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Lots of joints - some experience needed, but that's fine
on 1 September 2011
This US book is split into two major parts.
The first part covers just about every kind of wood joint you can think of, along with examples of use and strengths/weaknesses (literally). You should be able to construct most joints with a router or by hand (some are a bit complicated though).
The latter part of the book provides many kinds of examples of tables, chairs, book cases, wardrobes and even beds. While not providing specific dimensions and so on, it gives a clear method for designing to the "average" sized human.
As a bonus it describes the various kinds of styles, e.g. "Shaker" and "Queen Anne" amongst many others. That in itself is useful if you're looking at antiques and ever wonder why they are called what they are.
It is more of a "source book" of ideas than a book of blue-prints. If you can draw and think, it is possible to work out dimensions and the build order if required. However because it is not a cut-by-cut or pin-by-pin book, it's not fully for beginners, but that's fine.