Published between 1976 and 1996, The Scale Cabinetmaker set the standard for plans, patterns, and tool and technique instructions for the aspiring and experienced miniaturist. In August 1996, Jim Dorsett wrote his “concluding” essay, “Why Scale…and The Scale Cabinetmaker,” in which he recounted the 20 plus year span of TSC and described the journal’s editorial philosophy and purpose:

By scale modeling, we meant the reduced scale reproduction of full scale, or life-size, houses, furniture, and related objects. Scale modeling begins with a thorough knowledge of objects in the “real world”: not only their characteristics, shape, and details of construction but their history and social context as well.

The core of the magazine’s content would be the presentation of scale modeling plans and directions, coupled with information on the tools and modeling techniques essential to their reproduction. Here we acknowledged that the designer of the plan, the author would have accomplished for the modeler much of the task of measuring the prototype object (the “full sized” piece in the “real world”). But the modeler would still have to be conscious of those proportions and their application to the workpiece. We intended to put a measuring instrument, a tool, a piece of material, and a plan into the hands of the reader, depending on the combination to work its own magic. And we predicted that the measure of the magazine’s success would be the development of its readers beyond its plans to the measurement of the prototype itself, the design of the scale model, and any further dependence on the publication. In effect, the success of the magazine would be measured by the eventual graduation of its readers.

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. Each volume listing provides only a partial list of the contents for each volume. Click on the title for a complete table of contents for the specific volume. 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.

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