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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.
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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.
The "Lazy Susan" Apartment was one of Helen Dorsett's last roombox projects. Spread across two issues, the series focused on an experimental apartment design from the 1920's that incorporated a turn table that housed a small kitchen, a narrow "library" (desk and bookcase), a fold-away bed, and a closet, with two chests of drawers. Although the apartment was never actually built (mostly because there was no way to actually plumb the kitchen), the model provides plenty of challenge and hours of modeling pleasure (not to mention a roombox that will generate a fair number of "ohhhhs and ahhhhs." The book includes complete plans, patterns, and instructions the Lazy Susan Apartment and the furnishings, as well as a crash course in metalworking and bending.
In 1964, Helen Bennett Dorsett published the first of what would become a 10 book series, The Cabinetmaker's Guide to Dollhouse Furniture: Victorian. Many of the patterns included in that first and second books were based on the furniture in her mother's house in Peabody, Kansas. The Guides provide enough patterns, in a specific style, to fill a two bedroom dollhouse, including a livingroom or parlor, a dining room or a kitchen, and two bedrooms. All plans and patterns, with the exception of the Half Inch Book, are in inch to the foot (1":1') scale. Each plan includes a bill of materials, so you can order the supplies you need without having to guess.
A final note about the Guides. There are very few duplicate patterns between The Cabinetmaker's Guides and The Scale Cabinetmaker. The development of the initial Guides (Volumes 1 and 2) predate The Scale Cabinetmaker. While the others were developed while TSC was being published, they were and remain separate publications.
Yours free! Index to all 20 years of The Scale Cabinetmaker: A Journal for Miniaturists (TSC). This index will help you to find specific articles related to scale modeling, the building of miniatures, tools for miniatures, tips and techniques, and more. Learn to do scale models with The Scale Cabinetmaker (TSC).
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This CD contains the first 4 issues of The Scale Cabinetmaker: A Journal for Miniaturists. It includes articles on techniques, tools, plans, and directions for a wide range of doll house miniatures. A sample of some of the articles found within these Issues: Stanley Whitman House (Farmington Connecticut0, Modern Walnut Folding Chair (Danish Modern), Carving Cabriole Legs, Linear Measurement and Tools, Smithfield Plantation Roundabout, Art Nouveau Parlor Cabinet, 17th Century Gateleg Table, Working with the Dremel Moto-Lathe, Introduction to Handwoven Caning, Leisure Furniture of the Early 1900s, Woodturning with Chisels on a Unimat, and much more.
This CD contains Volume 2 (4 Issues) of The Scale Cabinetmaker: A Journal for Miniaturists. It includes articles on techniques, tools, plans, and directions for a wide range of doll house miniatures. A sample of some of the articles found within these Issues: Woodturning on a Metalworking Lathe, Carving Ball & Claw Feet on Cabrioles, Caning a Late Empire Couch; Philadelphia Dressing Table, Form Tools and Woodturning, Sheraton Night Table, Introduction to Stenciling and a Stenciled Cottage Chest (c. 1840), Hidden Wiring in Prefab Miniature Houses, Detailing a Federal Period Row House, Building an All Purpose Shaper/Saw Table, Lighting Shadow to Scale, and Much more.
This CD contains all issues for Volume 3 of The Scale Cabinetmaker: A Journal for Miniaturists. It includes articles on techniques, tools, plans, and directions for a wide range of doll house miniatures. A sample of some of the articles found within these Issues: Planning a Kit-Bashed House, Constructing Balustrades, Victorian Hall Tree, 1877 Bent Wood Sled, 1914 Pedal Car, Making Scale Dowels, Mission Billiard Table, Voltage and Resistance in Miniature Lighting, Late Georgian Room (roombox project by Pete Westcott), Copy Attachment for a Lathe, 1880 Eastlake Rolltop Desk, Making Flutes with a Copy Attachment, Using Calipers, and Much more.