If you haven’t checked out the “home improvement” or “woodworking” (or sometimes “crafts”) section in your local used bookstores, get in the car and head that way right now. The skills and methods applied in woodworking haven’t changed significantly in the last hundred years or so, which means that you’ll find your local reseller chock full of great, useful how-to books cast off by those whose New Year’s resolutions didn’t stick a few years ago.
And guess what? They’re a hell of a lot cheaper than new ones at Barnes and Noble.
A tip for those of you visiting a small mom-‘n-pop shop: negotiate. Really, it works.