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4 String Dulcimer Build #6: Frettin' over the finger board

11-18-2016 10:03 PM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

[Above] With the fingerboard otherwise finished, it’s time to cut the fret slots. This is actually the most important part of the whole process as the position of each fret makes the difference between musical instrument and a nice wall hanging. I looked up 3 separate fret calculators online and they all gave me the same answers. Using milimeters and my true to life meter stick, I marked the location of each fret on the wood, starting from the nut end. [Above] I’m us...

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Adventures in Lutherie #4: Miter box for fretting

11-18-2016 08:27 PM by Dave Rutan | 0 comments »

[Above] Recently I had to cut fret slots on a fingerboard for a mountain dulcimer. I decided to build a miter box specifically for this. A standard miter box is too wide for this and the slot is a bit sloppy for my dovetail saw. I grabbed some scrap plywood which happened to have a decorative edge on it and screwed the two sides onto a bottom piece. This assembly was then screwed onto a wider base piece to allow me to clamp it in place. The whole thing has some weight to it as well, ...

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