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  1. The Case for the Mountain Dulcimer

    See the dulcimer that will live in this case here [link] Having built my second mountain dulcimer, I built a case for it because I know it will be going to my wife's school and probably a performance or two. My wife plays in a pit orchestra and a few years ago my first dulcimer had to double as...
  2. Dulcimer #3

    This is my third dulcimer. I made this one as a chromatic. This means it has 12 notes to an octave and has the same fret number and spacing as a guitar. Dulcimers usually have a diatonic fret board 7 notes to an octave. I am giving this to my SIL let him figure out how to play it. It has a...
  3. Hammered Dulcimer

    The soundboard is heart pine-formerly these boards were floorboards in the original kitchen of our ~100 year old house. Frame and bridges are hard maple, and the back is baltic birch plywood. The hammers are pear and walnut (or maybe that was dessert last night? No, definitely the hammers)...
  4. Mountain Dulcimer

    I made this dulcimer for my wife. Although she doesn't play yet, she has wanted on for a long time. The woodworking club I belong to chose a dulcimer as a club project, so I couldn't put off making one any longer. This is my first stringed instrument, and was loads of fun to make. I started...
  5. Cigar Box Dulcimer Strummer

    This was my last project for 2012. I finished it & strung it up last night. It's a Romeo & Julieta cigar box. Neck is salvaged pine with medium jumbo frets and dulcimer fret spacing. 24 3/4" scale length. Ebony friction tuning pegs. Mojobone rod piezo bridge / pickup. Bone nut. Violin fine...
  6. Dulcimer #2

    I had so much fun with the first one. I had to make a second one. This one for my SIL. This one top and back fiddleback maple, sides and peghead walnut, fretboard is purpleheart. finished the top with 1 coat of amber shellac to bring out the figure entire instrument then got several coats of...
  7. Travel Dulcimer Stick Instrument

    I made this Travel Dulcimer over a couple of hours today from scrap material. I have been wanting to get back into making musical instruments for a while. The last Guitar I made was around 16 years ago. After stringing it up, I can't put it down it's sounds great and real fun to play. Maple...
  8. First Strum Stick... Lesson Learned

    It all started one fateful evening while strolling through youtube watching woodworking videos. On the side bar I spied a video titled "make a strum stick". 5 Videos later I started making a materials list. I spent the next few days re watching videos while spending my lunch breaks at work...
  9. Teardrop Dulcimer

    My latest endeavor. Part success-part failure. My beautiful wife plays the dulcimer (sweet music) and I have for many years planned to make her one. I did just that. The fret board, neck and sides are walnut given to me by LJ recycle1943 and some saw mill cherry for the bottom and sound board...
  10. Toasted Head wine box dulcimer strummer

    A friend gave me this 2 bottle ply & pine wine box, knowing that I like to make instruments out of cigar boxes & such. After resizing it to fit my needs, it was perfect. Made a neck out of red oak & carved a bear on the headstock to go along with the bear theme on the box. Dulcimer fretted with...
  11. Mahogany Hammer Dulcimer Stand

    Last year my mom got a nice hammer dulcimer for her birthday, and asked if I could make a folding stand for it. She wanted to be able to play it sitting and standing, so the stand needed a method of adjustment. First, I thought about doing some sort of sliding dovetail and locking pin...
  12. Gum/Walnut Dulcimer and Cherry Dulcimer

    My grand-dad, Robert Mize, made dulcimers until the day he died nearly a decade ago. I decided I wanted to try a few last year so I went to his old shop with my dad and made a few of them. This is the first two we did. The top is made of Gum, and the back, sides, tail, and head are all walnut on...
  13. Burled Walnut Dulcimer

    This dulcimer was started by my grand-dad back in the 1980's. While building it he accidentally broke the top of the tail off. He made a replacement tail but never got around to putting it in or putting the sides in or doing any further work on it. He just hung it up and it stayed in that same...
  14. Mountain Dulcimer

    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...
  15. Mongolian Horse Fiddle inspired Dulcimer

    This dulcimer's shape & style was inspired by the Mongolian Horse Fiddle. I don't know why I was inspired to make this, it just needed to be… Even though I bastardised the Mongolian National Instrument by turning it into a dulcimer, I hope I paid tribute to the Asian design & look, with an...
  16. Dulcimers Finished

    Most of you know I have been working on two mountain dulcimers for a while and now they are finished. Both have been tweaked and messed with and they do play well now. This was a very rewarding build. Not so much at first when we did not think the #1 teardrop would ever tune. The #2 hour glass...
  17. Mountain Dulcimers

    Let me state right off the bat that I am NOT a luthier or anything close. In fact, I don't even play any instruments and this the first time I've attempted anything like this. But I have a very good friend in my church that plays the dulcimer and is teaching a few of the kids to play. He will be...
  18. "Ginger" Dulcimer Takeoff

    When my wife saw a Purple Heart board at our nearby lumber store - Edensaw Lumber - she said I needed to make a dulcimer with it. She also wanted a smaller scale to fit her hands better. A standard size dulcimer has a string length about 27 inches long; this dulcimer has a string length of 23...
  19. Fret Sawing Jig

    Since I started making fretted instruments - dulcimers, ukes and banjos - the most often asked question is "how do you cut the slots for the frets?" I started by laying out frets with a 24" Vernier caliper from Harbor Freight and cutting them by hand with a fret saw. This worked but was time...
  20. Dragon Dulcimer

    So I decided to try my hands at a little music. I don't play currently but been having a bit of fun trying to teach myself with some books I picked up. This four string dulcimer is made with a walnut back and sound board. Cherry sides were added for a bit of contrast. The fretboard is walnut...
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