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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.
17th Century English Country Kitchen Furniture features furniture from the Late Tudor, Jacobean, Charles I, Cromwellian, and early William & Mary periods, which makes it an excellent companion book to the Cabinetmaker's Guide for Dollhouse Furniture, Volume 3: Jacobean and William and Mary Furniture (1650-1750) and The Whitman House (a TSC Building): Volume 8 in the Best of TSC Series, due out in September, 2016. Originally designed in 1979 as part of a "club" project, including a roombox design from Pete Westcott, the projects included in this book have been out of circulation since 1983 and were not published in either the Cabinetmaker's Guides or The Scale Cabinetmaker. All of the plans and patterns are 1":1' (1/12th scale) and provide step by step instructions.
50th Anniversary Edition!
In 1964, well before the rise of the dollhouse miniature hobby, Helen Bennett Dorsett published the first of what would become a 10 book series: 19th Century Country Furniture: A Cabinetmaker's Guide to Dollhouse Furniture. The furniture in the book includes factory-made pieces (post-1840s) that would have been found in many Victorian homes and would have survived into the 20th Century. Based on the furniture pattern books of early to mid-19th Century, the first Cabinetmaker's Guide provides a section on construction notes, including information on joinery and a section of plans and patterns for enough furniture to furnish the average four room dollhouse, including two bedrooms, a parlor, and a dining room or kitchen with dining area. All of the patterns are 1":1' (1/12th scale), although the stated measurements are in full dimension to accommodate modelers in 1/12th and 1/24th scale. Each plan includes full elevations (top, front, and side), as well as construction notes specific to each piece of furniture. As her introduction indicates, the original book was designed for hobbyists with at least some knowledge of hand tools and some basic skills.
In 1968, four years after the release of her first pattern book, Helen Bennett Dorsett published the volume of the Cabinetmaker's series: Victorian Furniture: A Cabinetmaker's Guide to Dollhouse Furniture (Volume 2). The furniture in the book covers three distinct Victorian styles--Renaissance, Cottage, and Rococo (Louis XV)--that were manufactured and widely distributed between 1840 and 1880. Based on the furniture pattern books of early to mid-19th Century, the second Cabinetmaker's Guide provides a section on construction notes, including information on joinery and turning, and a section of plans and patterns for enough furniture to furnish the average four room dollhouse, including two bedrooms, a parlor, and a dining room. All of the patterns are 1":1' (1/12th scale) and provide full-scale dimensions.
Build 1/12th scale Jacobean and William & Mary furniture. Each guide includes a section on miniatures construction, as well as enough plans and patterns to furnish a four to five room dollhouse.