Mountain dulcimer with celtic theme

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Project by JonJ posted 01-03-2008 07:03 PM 10374 views 14 times favorited 57 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this for a friend/co-worker of my wife who wanted to give it as a gift to her husband. She wanted a celtic inscription inside, so I went with an overall celtic knot theme. The overlay on the soundboard may deaden the sound a bit, but It’s not so bad I wouldn’t do it again.

I bought some walnut from our local mill, but when I re-sawed it, it turns out it was under a lot of internal stress and warped too bad to use. I wound up using some walnut that was stashed in the loft of our old barn. It had been up there drying for probably at least 50 yrs…it was sawed by my grandpa who passed away several years before I was born.

The soundboard is made from birch.

The case was made from oak, with a velour over foam insert cut to match the dulcimer. The outside of the case was masked and sprayed with dye for the knot accents.

The handle is little brass hinges riveted to a stuffed and stitched leather strap- I have to make some more things with handles…It worked too good to not do it again!

These pictures are not the greatest…I never did get a good overall shot, but maybe they’ll give some idea.
My wife got a new camera for Christmas- maybe my future projects will have better pix!

-- Jon

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 01-03-2008 07:09 PM

Personally, I think this may be one of the most impressive dulcimers I’ve seen. We don’t see as many in the west as you do in the east but I still love the sound.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 01-03-2008 07:18 PM

oooh my goodness.
The knots are amazing. And I agree about the handle – you definitely have to continue using them. It is beautiful in itself.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 01-03-2008 07:22 PM

Absolutely Fantastic…...I’m in utter awww

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#4 posted 01-03-2008 07:31 PM

Very nice work, Jon.

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#5 posted 01-03-2008 07:35 PM

Very impreseve, a real treasure.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#6 posted 01-03-2008 07:50 PM

Totally amazing! Without a doubt, it is the finest dulcimer I’ve ever seen.

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

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#7 posted 01-03-2008 07:56 PM

Stunning work. I’m at a loss for words.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#8 posted 01-03-2008 08:45 PM

Beautiful woodwork!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 01-03-2008 08:54 PM

Wow Jon! You’ve done it again bro! Very nice project here.

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#10 posted 01-03-2008 09:53 PM

These are undoubtedly the finest dulcimers I have ever seen.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 01-03-2008 11:54 PM

Astounding craftsmanship,, & one of the most beautiful dulcimers I’ve ever seen.

I love the Celtic knot theme.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 01-04-2008 12:33 AM

I didn’t know a dulcimer could be so beautiful. Thats just wonderful.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#13 posted 01-04-2008 12:44 AM

Excellent work, my hats off to you!

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#14 posted 01-04-2008 01:02 AM

Outstanding! Very good work!

-- Living on the square...

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#15 posted 01-04-2008 01:14 AM

Hmmmm…..Greg at a loss for words??? I doubt that

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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