4 String Dulcimer Build #1: Cutting the pieces

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 11-08-2016 02:11 PM 1426 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of 4 String Dulcimer Build series Part 2: Planing and Some Fitting »

See the finished dulcimer here. [link]

As a reference, I’m using the basic dimensions and instructions from the book: Making Folk Instruments in Wood by Dennis Miles Waring. The only place that I believe I’ll be straying from his methods is that I’ll be using home-crafted tuning pegs instead of guitar tuning machines. (Yes, there is a reason for that.)

[Above] The top and sides are supposed to be made of hardwood. he only hardwood I have in quantity is the mahogany I got from the church pew a while ago. Since I need wood that is about 1/8+ inch thick, I’m re-sawing a board of the appropriate length in half. These will be edge glued for the back. Incidentally, this is the first time I’ve had a reason to use a featherboard. I made the featherboard right after I bought the saw.

[Above] It’s safest when re-sawing on the table saw to cut most of the way through, then finish the cut with a hand saw. I planed the ridge off of these by hand although most of these pieces will be run through the planer anyway for thicknessing.

[Above] Here is the back panel glued up to create the needed width.

[Above] Here are all the basic pieces cut and ready to be planed, cut, shaped, etc. These include the bottom, sides end blocks and finger board from mahogany. The top is supposed to be made of softwood. I have a piece of ?? that I salvaged from a drawer for that. The only thing missing is a brace and the tuning pegs. This is as far as I got.

Watch for the next installment! Same Dave time, Same Dave channel!

(Great. I see I need to figure out how to say ‘featherboard’ in Esperanto)

EDIT: And the answer is: premdentaro

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 11-08-2016 03:36 PM

I’m in.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#2 posted 11-08-2016 07:57 PM

I m in.

- nomercadies

Welcome aboard. When I used to write about model railroading projects I used to preface them with ‘WARNING: The following dissertation contains modeling methods which may be appalling.’ Sometimes I feel like that when I do woodworking. It usually turns out all right though.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 11-10-2016 03:10 AM

Oh I guess the invisible man is in also too…and already hard at work for you again!

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 11-10-2016 12:50 PM

Oh I guess the invisible man is in also too…and already hard at work for you again!

- robscastle

Yes, I refuse to get a selfie pole.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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