Dulcimer #2

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Dulcimer #2

Postby johnstoneb » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:51 pm

This is my second dulcimer. Like the first the sides are walnut, the front and back are fiddleback maple. The fretboard is purpleheart. I now need to go back to my first replace the nut and adjust the action to where it is a litle easier to play. I made the soundholes as sailboats as my SIL has a sailboat on the lake.
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Re: Dulcimer #2

Postby KenH » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:01 am

Very nice! As a liveaboard sailor myself, I really appreciate the stylized sailboat soundholes.
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Re: Dulcimer #2

Postby Frimp » Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:09 am

A beautiful dulcimer!
It looks like you've got the hang of dulcimer building now.
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Re: Dulcimer #2

Postby kwl » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:05 pm

Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Dulcimer #2

Postby Dave Sewell » Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:47 pm

Beautiful Dulcimer! I will shamelessly steal the Sailboat Soundhole Design...! 8)
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Re: Dulcimer #2

Postby Strum-Numb » Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:39 am

The proper term for that, Dave...
...you will shamelessly PIRATE the sailboat soundhole design :P

As may I, Yarr.
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Re: Dulcimer #2

Postby johnstoneb » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:58 am

Pirate away. I did a search for sailboat clip art, then reduced it on a printer until I got to the sizes I thought looked good and went from there. There is a lot of clip art out there.
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Re: Dulcimer #2

Postby Strum-Numb » Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:14 pm

Looks great.
Just one of the wonderful things about dulcimers... you can make it any way you want, custom soundholes and all.
Very nicely done.
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Re: Dulcimer #2

Postby Bob Gerard » Mon May 01, 2017 4:34 pm

I like the look and lines of this dulcimer, very graceful. Can you upload other photos?
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Re: Dulcimer #2

Postby johnstoneb » Wed May 03, 2017 9:37 pm

Here are a couple more pictures they also include the first dulcimer I built. The plans came from McSpadden.


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Re: Dulcimer #2

Postby Bob Gerard » Thu May 04, 2017 12:03 pm

John, they really have beautiful lines- so graceful. What is your bending method?
What tuners do you use? (The pictures are small, but they look like Gotoh's?
By the way, your workshop looks wayyyy to nice!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Dulcimer #2

Postby johnstoneb » Thu May 04, 2017 7:11 pm

For bending I use a 4' pvc tube and boiling water. I put the wood in the tube then fill with boiling water and set set for 10 or 15 minutes then put it into the attached form. I found I don't need all those dowels. I guess better too many than not enough. I leave some out now when bending.

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When gluing the side to the back I strap and clamp down.
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The tuners are Grover friction pegs. I just got a set of planetary pegs from McSpadden. They look like same peg and half the price of StewMac. I'm going to put them on my first build for my wife and see how they work. My shop is 16 x 24. I had Stor Mor frame and sheath a building then I wired and finished the inside. It has a pellet stove for heat I can work in it year around.


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