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Project by DMiller posted 12-03-2020 01:45 AM 583 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently finished building this mountain dulcimer and it is an absolute joy to play! Dulcimers are relatively simple to build, similar to a guitar but easier. It has a black walnut back/sides, peghead, and fingerboard, a reclaimed redwood soundboard, eucalyptus red gum binding, and a honey locust burl endcap. I purchased the fretboard from Folkcraft Instruments, but I did all the fretwork myself. The tuners are Gotoh; it also has a buffed wax finish.
Overall, this dulcimer has really sparked my interest in musical instrument build!
Thanks for looking, any comments or questions are welcome!
Dale Miller

For those interested in hearing it:
https://youtu.be/XErAL0xz-F4
The link should work now, sorry I had a really hard time getting it to completely upload! (:

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."





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#1 posted 12-03-2020 02:12 AM

anxiously awaiting the video to listen! This is an ideal first instrument to make – yours is so pretty!

-- Bstrom

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#2 posted 12-03-2020 02:18 AM

Beautiful work Dale, flat out gorgeous!! The honey locust burl was a great touch. Have you seen Pintodeluxe’s review and blog on the 1412?

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#3 posted 12-03-2020 03:04 AM

Beautiful! The level of craftsmanship is…well, wow!! So many fine details. Enjoy playing it.

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#4 posted 12-03-2020 01:53 PM

Be proud of that. Nice work!

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#5 posted 12-03-2020 02:45 PM

Outstanding workmanship. video says it is private… change to public.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 12-03-2020 04:18 PM

Hey, are you related to Drew Miller of the band “Boiled in Lead” from Minneapolis? His mountain dulcimer work on their track “Drowning…” really rocks.

-- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans

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#7 posted 12-03-2020 06:49 PM

That’s a beauty, Dale!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 12-03-2020 09:38 PM

Unbelievable- great job. That will be treasured forever.

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#9 posted 12-04-2020 01:54 AM

Beautiful craftsmanship, love it. Yes sparked an interest in a build, have wanted to for a long time.

Love your tag quote

-- Eric, building the dream

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#10 posted 12-04-2020 01:59 AM

Thank you all for the encouragement, I appreciate it!


anxiously awaiting the video to listen! This is an ideal first instrument to make – yours is so pretty!

- Bstrom


The link should work now, my apologies for taking so long!


Beautiful work Dale, flat out gorgeous!! The honey locust burl was a great touch. Have you seen Pintodeluxe s review and blog on the 1412?

- CL810

I hadn’t saw his review but I just checked it out and it looks like a great one!


Hey, are you related to Drew Miller of the band “Boiled in Lead” from Minneapolis? His mountain dulcimer work on their track “Drowning…” really rocks.

- Eeyore

Not as far as I know of! I’ll have to check it out, thanks!

-Dale

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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