Over the course of twenty years, The Scale Cabinetmaker included
a "Product Review," which was based on the approach
taken by Consumer's Report. Products went through a fairly rigorous
testing process, and the results were included in the publication.
The companies below were included in the TSC's Product Review,
although given the age and the time lapse, the products we tested
may or may not still be available on the market. Still, the companies
listed below merited mention.
Dover's books fill the shelves to The Scale Cabinetmaker
library. Whether you are looking for information on architecture,
interior design, periods, or furniture, Dover offers an amazing
selection of resources. Through the years, we have relied on Dover
for a wide variety of hard-to-find reprints and resources.
Discount Dollhouses and Miniatures
offers a complete line of dollhouse kits, miniature furniture, doll
house accessories, and miniature dolls. We also offer hobby tools,
paints, adhesives and other dollhouse building supplies."
England Hobby Supply.
The shop is under new ownership, but they may still offer some
of the quality products the Bell's were known for, including the
best scale rule for miniaturists on the market. If you are looking
for a scale ruler, check with these folks to see if they still have
some in stock.
Scale Lumber Company In the early 1960's, Helen Dorsett
started building miniatures for collectors (the start of Dorsett
Miniatures before Dorsett Miniatures was named) and had a difficult
time finding scale wood produced specifically for miniatures. As
a model railroader, she turned to the one company she was familiar
with...Northeastern Scale Lumber Company. In the introduction to
"A Retrospective: Helen Dorsett, 1927-1999, Jim Dorsett wrote:
the founder of Northeastern Scale Models and a long-time primary
supplier of scale woods to the model ship and train hobbies, was
asked in 1977 by a reporter for a trade magazine what had persuaded
Northeastern in the mid-70's to add 1" scale miniatures lumber
to its line of hobby materials. "Well," he replied, "it all began
back in the 60's with that woman from Missouri." "That woman"
was Helen Dorsett. And what had alerted Jim Doyle to the existence
of a nascent miniatures hobby was the publication in 1964 of a
book of scale furniture plans, A Cabinetmaker's Guide for Doll
House Furniture. This book, the first of its kind in a hobby which
had not yet taken on visible organization or numbers, appeared
at a time when no industry catered to the needs of the few doll
collectors involved in miniatures. So, Helen, drawing on her background
as a model railroader, directed her readers to write to Northeastern
for modeling wood. With the publication of a second volume of
the Guide four years later, the early trickle of inquiries about
1" scale lumber grew to a measureable number. Finally. the emergence
of the miniatures hobby in the mid-70's convinced Doyle that the
decade of inquiries about materials he had not been ready to supply
was no aberation.
remains one of the premier suppliers/producers of scale woods. If
you are looking for scale woods, this is a great place to start.
USA. In Volume 6, the editors' at TSC tested out some
of the Sun Flag carving tools sold by Woodline. While the particular
product is no longer available, Woodline does carry a wide variety
of tools appropriate for the miniature craftsman. Their online catalog
is well worth the look if you are looking for tools.
(House of Miniatures). While other companies are now creating hobby
knives that closely resemble those manufactured by x-acto; the x-acto
#11 knife was standard on the TSC workbenches.