The Joiner and Cabinet Maker
Authors: Anon, Christopher Schwarz, and Joel Moskowitz
Available through The Lost Art Press (with DVD here); Tools for Working Wood; and Lee Valley.
Published 1839; 1841; 1883 (w/addendum), and 2009 (expanded edition includes 1883 addendum and added commentary, notes, and instructions)
First published in 1839, The Joiner and Cabinet Maker is an instructional text on the life of a young joiner's apprentice, and tells the story of a fictional young apprentice by the name of Thomas, starting with his applying for the position and his initial duties in the shop. Eventually, Thomas builds a client a small packing box, then a "School Box", and finally a simple dresser. The author goes into great detail on all of these projects Thomas completes, giving us one of the earliest, intimate views of early 19th century woodworking procedures and techniques. Read more about The Joiner and Cabinet Maker