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My last music-oriented project proved very gratifying and instructive. In the meantime, my son developed a growing interest for guitars and asked me one for his birthday.
Back then, I was following woodgears.ca's ukulele build while realizing that this would certainly be too involved a project for me. I then stumbled upon Aaron's dulcitar project and thought that this might be much more within the reach of my skills set.
I then had a quick search on the internet for plans and studied other Lumberjock-made dulcitars such as rdwile's blogpost (which includes a great video about tuning the instrument).

Dulcitars are pretty simple to make and frankly, building one or several does constitute much difference in time investment. That is why, talking about dulcitars to some guitar playing friends who had never heard of them, I decided to make a total of 4 and give away the extra 3 instruments.

When I say that dulcitars are simple to make… it is more or less true if you follow these plans (plans link at the bottom of the page) and if you have access to a bandsaw. I do not own a bandsaw, so several operations turned out to be slightly more involved and time consuming.

Picture 1: the four finished dulcitars
Picture 2: ripping the walnut for the dulcitar bodies
Picture 3: gluing the soundboards (fir) and the back boards (ash)
Picture 4: inserting the fret wire in the proper location
Picture 5: instruments top and bottom details
Picture 6: I have access to a small cnc mill at work with which I got a small billet of brass milled to a design to be used as my mark. A quick heating over the kitchen stove turned this brass pattern into a nice woodburning tool.

What about my son ? He got his dulcitar today and appears to have found it to his liking :




Until next time,

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Sure looks like he's happy with it. I have to take a look at the plans, then decide if I want to try one out.
Do you have any links for us to be able to hear one being played? Good job.
 

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Very impressive. Great job
 

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Those look great! Glad you found the links on my page helpful and thanks for the additional links. I've taken mine backpacking/camping a few times this summer and it is fun to have. How did you finish them?
 

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Nice Build - C'est beau,

Your son will enjoy that for years to come - you will have to build him a guitar next - that's how I started down that slippery slope. Glad our video was helpful.

Enjoy the music,

Rich
 

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If the customer is happy, what joy
With the look on your sons face,
I think you have a happy customer
Nice Build

Jamie
 

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Great pic of the budding musician! Great work man!
 

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Thank you everyone.

John, I can't play a music but you can hear a dulcitar on rdwile's post I linked to, or here or also here

Aaron, I used some tabletop varnish to finish the instruments. I do not often use varnish but I figured that the extra protection was required.

Rich, thank you again, the video was really helpful.
 

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very cool I love them
 

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You sir are well above most.
Wonderful work.
Really.
 

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Wauuu, they are beautiful.
Now I really feel like building one, even I cant play!
My God your son has a wonderful face on that last picture.
He is lucky to have such a fine father.
Best thoughts,
Mads
 
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