More textbook than how-to, this book earns third spot on my list because it is both informative and useful. The first half of the book deals with the styles and makers who shaped American furniture in the 1700's, and the second half is filled with examples.
Each example is presented with a lovely photo, description of the piece including basic dimensions and an exploded drawing. I have actually built a version of the Queen Anne game table shown. It is one of my favorite pieces.
It is available both new and used on Amazon.