4 String Dulcimer Build #8: All but finished

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 11-21-2016 01:32 PM 1601 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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[Above] With the whole instrument put together, it’s time to attend to a few details. First I sanded the whole thing, rounding over the sharp corners. Here I’ve used a very thin bladed back saw from my modeling tools to score the locations on the nut and bridge for the strings. These are just marks for now. The final fitting of the strings will be done last of all.

FYI the two notches are supposed to be close together. It’s a dulcimer thing.

[Above] On the opposite end from the tuning pegs there needs to be a way to anchor the strings to the instrument. I continued the bridge notches onto the tail of the dulcimer and made marks for the anchor pins.

[Above] I drilled pilot holes for the pins to prevent splitting. And I used 1 inch brass brads as the pins. I later nipped off the heads of these pins and filed any rough edges.

[Above] Now the dulcimer is ready for finish! I did put a guitar string on it to test the frets. Happily they are properly positioned and work well. The tuning pegs may be a problem however. See what I can do about that.

This should be the final post. You’ll see this next as a project.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 11-21-2016 03:50 PM

Nice work. How about a video of it in action?

We’ll see what as the next project?

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#2 posted 11-21-2016 04:02 PM

Nice work. How about a video of it in action?

We ll see what as the next project?

- Oldtool

After I give this to my wife for Christmas I can probably convince her to play it while being filmed. Until then it awaits secretly in my workshop.

I’m saying that the progress posts are over. The next time anyone sees this dulcimer it will be a post about a ‘finished project that is made of wood.’ I still need to buy strings.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 11-21-2016 06:58 PM

That looks good I’m one who would like to hear it also.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 11-21-2016 07:26 PM

This is coming along beautifully. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 11-21-2016 07:52 PM

Thanks guys. It’s been heck for me not being able to talk about this with the missus as it progressed.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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