Dorsett Publications, LLC home of The Scale Cabinetmaker Journal, The Cabinetmaker's Guide (book series), and The Best of TSC.
For those items which are available on CD or in print format, go to our main website: http://dorsettpublications.com/
Published between 1976 and 1996, The Scale Cabinetmaker (TSC) set the standard for plans, patterns, and tool and technique instructions for the aspiring and experienced miniaturist.
Despite being 30 plus years removed from the genesis of TSC, the content is still as relevant and as useful as it was when it was first published. All plans and patterns in TSC are given in full dimension and the projects are assumed to be 1/12th scale, unless otherwise noted.
TSC provides miniature enthusiasts with insights and ideas that can be used in a multitude of applications. It was, and remains, the intent of TSC to be a tool for inspiration, encouraging those who work with miniatures to try new ideas, build their confidence, and expand their skills in order to tackle increasingly complex projects.
Welcome to Dorsett Publications,
In the realm of miniatures, Dorsett Publications, LLC is home of The Scale Cabinetmaker: A Journal for Miniaturists, The Best of TSC book series, The Cabinetmaker's Guides book series. This family owned business began with the passion of Helen Dorsett for art, architecture and miniatures combined with the drafting, tookmaking, and writing skills of James "Jim" Dorsett. Currently, it is their daughter, Margaret (Meghan) Dorsett who works to keep their vision alive by continuing the publication of existing works and the development of future ones.
Miniatures are a combination of art and science that make the perfect hobby for adults and a world of experimentation for the young in heart and in age. In order to encourage the skills and knowledge required to navigate the world of miniatures, there are some basic building toys provided for shoppers. What better way to introduce the next generation to the joys of miniatures than through play that helps them shape needed skills?
The "brick and mortar" part of Dorsett Publications contains no brick or mortar. Instead, it is housed in the Christiansburg Train Station in Christiansburg, VA. This building, now in the historic registery, was saved from condemnation through the efforts of Helen Dorsett. She, Jim and Meghan then proceeded to restore the building to it's current state and much of the proceeds from the company go into maintaining this piece of history.
This train station is featured in one of the volumes of TSC in 1/4" scale and, it is a sight to behold. The unique structure and architecture of the building brings in tourists from around the world just to see how it is put together. While in the building, people can also see the display of models created by Jim and Helen Dorsett that were the prototypes for the models in the various issues of TSC. They can also see the tools used, including those that were build by the Dorsett's when something was needed but did not yet exist.
If you are traveling, and will be in the vicinity, please give a call and let us take you on a tour through a magnificent building and of the history of miniatures from the perspective of The Scale Cabinetmaker.
630 Depot St. NE
Christiansburg, VA 24073