My mom found this 1962 Sunset Book and gave it to me for Christmas. Just a quick glance at the cover and I knew it was going to be good. It's full of useful furniture designs complete with construction-type details listing materials and dimensions. Everything you'd need to make these sleek, mid century pieces yourself!
Here's an excerpt from the introduction:
If you think you can save money by getting your furniture raw at the lumber yard, you are probably right. Most of the projects in this book, in fact, are aimed at helping you build handsome, sturdy pieces for considerably less money than you would have to pay at the store.... Furniture building can be a creative hobby and a relaxing pastime - and it is also a way to avoid the stamp of mass production affixed to so many of our household items.
I can honestly say I want to make and own almost all of the pieces in this book. I wonder if a table saw will fit in my apartment living room...