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  1. I like that green-hued poplar! Will you finish it natural or stain? And I love the bookmatched top and back. I’m working on my 3rd build, trying to use wood I have (Cherry), but I may have a hard time with bookmatching. Do folks ever build tops and backs that are not bookmatching?
  2. Coming in late as I haven’t checked the forum for awhile. That’s just beautiful Greg! The maple grain is stunning! This is a great place to get building tips. I’m working on build #3.
  3. Hi everyone, I really enjoyed building my first dulcimer, a walnut hourglass shaped, as well as all the help I received from this forum doing it! So I went right to a second build, a Cherry teardrop. Still getting the hang of side bending. And cutting the f-holes was a challenge but worth it.
  4. Thanks for the encouragement, Ken! I'm already enjoying learning to play it!
  5. I am just learning to play, but my wife has an all cherry 4 string McSpadden that she got a number of years ago. It is a beautiful instrument. If yours is anything like hers in quality, I’m sure you got a nice instrument!
  6. Hi, everyone, I just completed my first dulcimer build, a 4 string with the double melody, and now want to learn how to play it! I have played acoustic guitar for about 3 decades, and a couple years ago picked up the mandolin. Anyway, I have been reading about basically the two tunings of DAA and DAd. Wondering which you recommend for someone just starting out. Do you use the same strings for tuning one way or the other, or do you need different strings for the two different tunings? Any recommended first songs to start learning? Thanks!
  7. Thanks for the upgrade tips, NoterMan! I’ll see if I have any ebony scrap left around from my guitar builds! And thanks for the article — I’m reading it and it’s a great intro!
  8. Well I called it quits after a soft luster of 6 coats. I used brads at the tail block and strung it up. Cut one string too short in the process and had to get another. The important thing: it has a nice tone and the intonation is fine! I will be adjusting the action in the coming days. Thanks everyone for all the tips and suggestions along the way, and for the future! Time to move on to the “learning to play” discussions! Here are the final pics...
  9. Thanks again, NoterMan! I will keep the straight clamping in mind for the next one! finish question: how many tung oil coats do you like to apply to the body? Here’s the top and back with two coats of TruOil so far...
  10. ...And once I attached the fingerboard, I discovered I still needed a little more scooping out of the peg head to account for the string angle.
  11. Thanks, NoterMan, for the finish suggestions and recommendation for the fingerboard. I like your idea of at least one or two coats as well, just for some kind of protection for the wood. Here’s today’s progress: gluing the fingerboard to the body.
  12. One more question, NoterMan and KWL Ken... I am soon going to finish the rest of the instrument with TruOil, with which I have had great results on my guitar builds and I used on this peg head. The fingerboard is cherry — do you put any kind of finish on your fingerboards or just leave them unfinished?
  13. Hi, Ken, Thanks so much for replying to my posts, and it’s great hearing about your background! It sounds like you are recovering, and I imagine it is a long recovery after such surgery! Glad you are resuming building again. I am very much enjoying this project, and have already been thinking about the next build as I have some wood put aside already, and a soon to be acquired donated supply of cherry from another friend. The guitar building definitely helped here, and kept me from panicking when hitting challenges. But I also appreciate some of the unique aspects of the dulcimer build, like making the scroll peg head, cutting the heart sound holes, and cutting fingerboard slots for the first time. In short... I’m hooked!
  14. More progress today. Figured out how to glue and clamp the peg head to the body, thanks to my helpful wood shop neighbor! And then, while that’s drying, I sanded out the strum hollow. Thanks for the tips so far everyone!
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