Hammered dulcimer

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Project by Stephen Fox posted 02-23-2009 12:26 AM 6605 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first and probably last musical piece. The wood was amazing to work with but getting the angles working was a real pain. I remember dry fitting it all and things were great but then when it went to gluing it up things just did not want to cooperate. The back has some nice quartersawn cherry. The other thing i will remember is stringing it and tuning it which took forever. The soundboard was a project also. i could not get spruce or redwood around here and so used some quartersawn red cedar. The first glue up failed but i got it to work in the end.

-- Stephen NYS

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#1 posted 02-23-2009 12:29 AM

You have more patience tham I do.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 12:30 AM

Fantastic job. I used to make guitars and I frequented many bluegrass festivals. I really liked the sound of the hammer dulcimer. They were all the rage in the 70’s with bluegrass groups. They looked fun to play but I never tried one myself. As with guitars there are standard and specific specs that must be followed to one to sound and tune correctly. Where did you get your plans? I’d be interested. Thanks.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 02-23-2009 12:35 AM

This is magnificent work!
A really fine craftsmanship.
Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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#4 posted 02-23-2009 01:44 AM

Wow. It may have given you a hard time, but most definitely worth the effort from where I’m sitting!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 02-23-2009 06:16 AM

Now you need to post an mp3 showing us how it sounds.

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#6 posted 02-23-2009 06:19 AM

Looks fantastic. A great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 02-23-2009 11:17 AM

Looks great! I sure hope it sounds good for all the trouble you went through!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 02-23-2009 06:46 PM

Nice job Stephen, I have wanted to build a Hammered Dulcimer, but my wife says that first I have to learn to play the Mountain Dulcimer, that I made about 3 years ago. By the way, did you also make the two small hammers?

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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