Where Great Modeling Starts...

The Scale



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 on cd-rom and digital downloads), the Cabinetmaker's Guides and the Best of TSC series will remain available both in both digital and print formats.

All New!!!!!!!

Get a Taste With
New Sample Articles From the Pages of TSC


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

There is a reason The Scale Cabinetmaker is referred to as "a reference journal"...

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.


For example, in TSC (our affectionate abbreviation and nickname) 3:1, you can:

  • Learn how to work with brass from Jim Dorsett. including how to mill, sweatsolder, and etch, while building a c. 1914 Wards pedal car;
  • 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 Ward sled;
  • 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 our authors index.

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 the summer.







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