This Audels four-volume set is legendary in the woodworking trade. The 1500+ pages contain more basic woodworking information than can be found in any other publication.
This set is of particular interest to those who use hand tools, since it was published in the 1920s before there were any power tools to speak of. It has 47 pages on the use of the steel square, 33 on planes, 56 on woodwork joints, and that is less than a third of just the first volume. For anyone interested in woodworking, this is a pleasant read as well as an excellent reference.
Smyth-sewn softcover, 4 3/4" × 6 3/4", 1546 pages in four volumes. First published in 1923. Reprinted in 2006 as part of our Classic Reprint Series.