Digital Downloads

For those brave enough to give it a try, the Cabinetmaker’s Guides and the Best of The Scale Cabinetmaker series of “books” are available for ordering here. Just go to “Our Store” using the link in the menu even though it does say under construction. These files are quite large and will take a good deal of time to download so be prepared to wait. We (using the imperial here:) will help with any problems that may arise as quickly as possible, just let us know at

If you do not wish to order online you can order the digital downloads of our products by using this form. (Click here for the form.)

Printed Materials & CD’s

The ordering of any printed or CD versions will need to be done by email request at this time. These include print copies of The Cabinetmaker’s Guides, The Best of The Scale Cabinetmaker Guide, and any back issues of The Scale Cabinetmaker Journal. (At this time, only the journals are available on CD at $24 each with one full year of The scale cabinetmaker.)

 If you wish to order print copies of The Best of The Scale Cabinetmaker or The Cabinetmaker’s Guide series, CDs of The Scale Cabinetmaker, or Back Issues of The Scale Cabinetmaker, use this FORM or send an email with the products you wish to purchase to

In both of these scenarios, we will send you an invoice via email. Once payment has processed, we will send you another email within 48 hours containing the directions for downloading your purchases or notification of your order being shipped.

If you are in doubt, just give us a call and we will help you process your purchase via telephone. Our number if 540-382-6431

Thank you for your patience.

With Meghan Dorsett’s illness and death, things got a bit slow, but they are being worked on.

Thank you,
Carol Lindstrom

The TSC Back Issues

(Contact us for information on which issues are still available for purchase at

One of the oddities of publishing is that you end up with old “new” copies of issue that were never sold…vintage, mint-condition copies that have resided, in our case, in boxes in a storage closet. A couple of years ago, we started cleaning out the closets in the publishing offices at the depot and found a dozen boxes of miscellaneous back issues, which we pulled out, put into plastic sleeves to protect them, and then put them back into the storage closet while we tried to decide what, precisely, we were going to do with them. While the majority were in pristine condition, some had marred (printing smears) or yellowing covers. Most were from the last five years of TSC, although there were a scattered few from the first fifteen.  Before Christmas, we decided it was finally time to sell them off and use the proceeds to help cover the cost of repainting Helen Dorsett’s depot. 

Most of the copies are priced at $14.95, except the very rare issues that run from $15.95 to $19.95. All of the issues are being sold on a first come / first sale basis.





Where It All Began…
Before the first shop, the first journal…

The Cabinetmaker’s Guides 



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, sweat solder, 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 create a rug from a full-sized original , while making Barbara Cosgrove’s 19th Century Sarouk Rug;
  • Learn how to steam and laminate wood, while building an 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 author’s index.