Where It All Began...
Before the first shop, the first journal...
The Cabinetmaker's Guides
Now available as digital downloads!
19th Century Country Furniture: A Cabinetmaker's
Guide For Dollhouse Furniture was published 50 years ago
(October 1964) and was the first dollhouse miniatures book written
specifically for scale modelers (1":1'). It was followed
four year later by the second book in what has grown to be a
10 book series: A Cabinetmaker's Guide for Dollhouse Furniture
(Volume 2): Victorian Furniture (1850 - 1880). At the time
it was published, neither NAME or IGMA existed. Before Nutshell
News, Miniature Collector, Dollhouse Miniatures, or the
NAME Gazette, Helen Dorsett's Cabinetmaker's Guides
invited modelers to pick up their x-acto knive and delve into
the world miniature joinery.
Marking the 50 year mark for the first Cabinetmaker's
Guide, we have released a 50th Anniversary Edition of 19th
Century Country Furniture and the 3rd Edition of Victorian
Furniture (1850-1880) in digital format (downloadable pdfs).
Unlike The Scale Cabinetmaker (available
downloads), the Cabinetmaker's Guides and the
Best of TSC series will remain available both in both
For Beginners to Advanced Craftsmen...
We are in the Business
of Teaching You the Skills You Need
to Help You to Become a Great Modeler
is a reason The Scale Cabinetmaker is referred to as "a reference
Each issue of The Scale Cabinetmaker is packed with articles designed
to teach you the tools and techniques you need to tackle your own projects.
While we provide specific projects, their purpose is to teach you new
skills and hone skills you may already have. From working with brass to
perfecting your lathe techniques; from creating roomboxes to learning
advanced joinery to creating the perfect finish.
example, in TSC (our affectionate abbreviation and nickname) 3:1, you
- Learn how to work with brass from Jim Dorsett. including how to
mill, sweatsolder, and etch, while building a c. 1914 Wards pedal
- Learn kitbashing techniques, including modifying framing and addressing
room size issues, for dollhouse kits (we are the folks who introduced
the term "kitbash" to miniatures);
- Learn how to build interior and exterior balusters (stairs) from
Jim Marcus, while learning how to create marking and gluing jigs
you can use for any stairway you are planning to build;
- Learn how to scroll cut with a jeweler's saw and scroll jig and
how to create edge molding with a molding cutter mounted on a Dremel
moto-tool or a drill press while building an 1820 Regency halltree;
- Learn how to graph and and create a rug from a full-sized orignal
, while making Barbara Cosgrove's 19th Century Sarouk Rug;
- Learn how to steam and laminate wood, while building a 1877 Montgomery
- Build a lamp-mount adjustable work clamp for needlework; and
- Learn how to make your own scale dowels using a drill gauge from
Jim Jedlicka, the TSC tool editor (and retired NASA engineer).
All in one issue and all for only $6.00. Not a bad deal.
You can buy The Scale Cabinetmaker by the issue ($6.00 per issue
as a pdf download)
or by the year ($24.00 for 4 issues on cd-rom).
If you are looking for a specific project, tool, or technique, check
out our TSC index (online
or as a free download).
If you would like to know more about the TSC contributors, check out
If you are interested in building furniture from a specific period,
check out the Cabinetmaker's
Guides and the Best
of TSC Books. Currenty they are availabe in hardcopy workshop
books only, but should be availabe as pdf downloads by the middle of