There are quite a few internet resources for old books on woodworking. I love reading them as they have all sorts of wonderful tips. I came across one such book, quite by accident, on scribd.com. It is probably available in other places as well.
I leafed through it (virtually of course, lol) and found a gem right away. The author makes a point about shooting boards and says they seldom produce a truly jointed edge. This by itself was a revelation as I had always presumed shooting boards produce a perfect edge. He suggests alternating the boards so that you compensate for the inaccuracy and end up with a flat panel. The book also illustrates a lot of joints. I think I will read this book cover to cover tonight and become a bit more informed.
One thing I am not sure is the murky area of copyrights. If am violating any forum rules, I will be happy to remove the direct link.
-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker