Starting a new dulcimer

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
one month ago
333 posts

Gorgeous. Beautiful. clap

Bob
@bob
one month ago
78 posts

Ken Longfield:

Looks good, Bob. I have cuts all over my hands from work I did this weekend. I'll try to take a few photos tonight and post them - of the work, not the cuts.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a new song."

Thanks Ken- would love to see your work-- I am sure the cuts were well worth it!

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
one month ago
492 posts

Looks good, Bob. I have cuts all over my hands from work I did this weekend. I'll try to take a few photos tonight and post them - of the work, not the cuts.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a new song."

Bee Lick Farm
@bee-lick-farm
one month ago
35 posts

Bob: Thanks . And I already got a bleeding finger making that dulcimer!

 

Ha! Merely a flesh wound. Play On!

 

 

Bob
@bob
one month ago
78 posts

Kusani:

VERY nice job.  I hope you are pleased with the sound. 

Thanks and yes, very pleased with the sound thumbsup

Bob
@bob
one month ago
78 posts

Kusani:

VERY nice job.  I hope you are pleased with the sound. 

I learned something new with this instrument. I was thinking the frets were a bit off as I played the higher notes, which got me really upset. Then I realized that I needed to tune it much more carefully, as the "sympathetic strings" need to be just right or the melody string would be off. Now, it sounds just amazing. My favorite so far!

Bob
@bob
one month ago
78 posts

Bee Lick Farm:

Absolutely beautiful.

Now go wear the first set of string out. Play it until the strings are in shreds and your fingers bleed.

Really wonderful job, looks fantastic. Congrats!

Thanks . And I already got a bleeding finger making that dulcimer!

Bee Lick Farm
@bee-lick-farm
one month ago
35 posts

Absolutely beautiful.

Now go wear the first set of string out. Play it until the strings are in shreds and your fingers bleed.

Really wonderful job, looks fantastic. Congrats!

Kusani
@kusani
2 months ago
148 posts

VERY nice job.  I hope you are pleased with the sound. 

Bob
@bob
2 months ago
78 posts

Well, today I have finished building my newest Appalachian Dulcimer. I am pretty happy with it. Have learned a few things on this one too (I am learning as I go). I like the finish (a wipe on Polly) and let it "cure" a few days before stringing it. The geared planetary pegs (my first time using them) will make tuning easier I am sure!  I think it will be fun to play! 


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Bob
@bob
2 months ago
78 posts

Lynn austin:

Wow, another beauty Bob!  It's interesting how you faded out the Purple Heart in the strum hollow.  Love the weeping heart lower sounholes!

Thanks Lynn- its always exciting to see how these turn out. I am finding that design ideas just come to mind as it comes along.

Lynn austin
@lynn-austin
2 months ago
50 posts

Wow, another beauty Bob!  It's interesting how you faded out the Purple Heart in the strum hollow.  Love the weeping heart lower sounholes!

Bob
@bob
2 months ago
78 posts

Some more work on the new dulcimer- it's ready for final sanding, lacquering and installing the hardware...

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Kusani
@kusani
2 months ago
148 posts

Very nice work!!!  :)

 

Lynn austin
@lynn-austin
2 months ago
50 posts

Such fun watching your progress Bob. Thanks for sharing your photos and information. A lot of us can learn from you. You make it look so easy!!!!

Bob
@bob
2 months ago
78 posts

I finished cutting, carving and filing the sound holes for the Cherry top. After it is glued to the dulcimer body, the edges will be trimmed. 

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Bob
@bob
2 months ago
78 posts

Mark Runge:

Really pretty. I love to woods you chose together!

Thanks- Wood selection was fun. I was lucky to find a great source for the Purple Heart!

Bob
@bob
2 months ago
78 posts

Kusani:

Nice work.  I cut my sound holes before glueing the top on.  What tool(s) do you use to cut them?

I also cut the sound holes before gluing the top (or the finger board) down as well. (The parts shown are just 'dry fit" without glue at this stage.)

For the sound holes I use a drill to make the pilot holes. Then a coping saw to rough-out the shape, and then just the coping saw blade (no handle ) to do more detailedl work. Finish up with needle files and very fine sand paper.

Mark Runge
@mark-kungfucracker-runge
2 months ago
26 posts

Really pretty. I love to woods you chose together!

Kusani
@kusani
2 months ago
148 posts

Nice work.  I cut my sound holes before glueing the top on.  What tool(s) do you use to cut them?

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
2 months ago
492 posts

Looking good.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Bob
@bob
2 months ago
78 posts

Had a few more hours to work on the dulcimer yesterday. Got the bottom glued and trimmed and now working on the Cherry top... it is coming along slow but sure.

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Bee Lick Farm
@bee-lick-farm
3 months ago
35 posts

That's looking Great man!

Rock on.

Bob
@bob
3 months ago
78 posts

IRENE:

I'm soooooooooooooo impressed!!!  purple heart is NOT easy to work with, and yes, you have used soft lines. lovely.  and I've gone to using banjo tuning machines too but would like to know what kind you got here.  Ha, 7 hours at the bench....I bet it got dark outside and you wondered where the time went. Thanks for keeping us in the show and tell on this new dulcimer.  aloha, irene

Thank you so much Irene. Time really  does fly by when I get going at the bench! The tuners are StewMac Five Star Planet tuners. Looks like they will install nicely. Up until now I have just been using friction pegs, but its a challenge tuning with them at times. I think these will make tuning a breeze.


updated by @bob: 01/03/17 09:09:35PM
IRENE
@irene
3 months ago
42 posts

I'm soooooooooooooo impressed!!!  purple heart is NOT easy to work with, and yes, you have used soft lines. lovely.  and I've gone to using banjo tuning machines too but would like to know what kind you got here.  Ha, 7 hours at the bench....I bet it got dark outside and you wondered where the time went. Thanks for keeping us in the show and tell on this new dulcimer.  aloha, irene

Bob
@bob
3 months ago
78 posts

Mark Runge:

I love how soft you made the wood appear. Beautiful lines! I've only made one out of Purple Heart, and a carved really nicely. Looks like yours did too!

Thanks Mark. Purple Heart is lovely to work with. It is sure dense and has the quality of mahogany. I am excited to see how it finishes up :)

Bob
@bob
3 months ago
78 posts

Kusani:

Nice carving, some day I'm going to try that, maybe. clap

Do try it- It's a lot of fun!

Mark Runge
@mark-kungfucracker-runge
3 months ago
26 posts

I love how soft you made the wood appear. Beautiful lines! I've only made one out of Purple Heart, and a carved really nicely. Looks like yours did too!

Kusani
@kusani
3 months ago
148 posts

Nice carving, some day I'm going to try that, maybe. clap


updated by @kusani: 01/02/17 06:14:35PM
Bob
@bob
3 months ago
78 posts

I got started on my next dulcimer- of Purple Heart )Tuning Head, Fret Board and Tail; Cherry top and African Mahogany sides and bottom.

I had seven lovely hours today at the work bench carving the tuning scroll. This guy will have Banjo Tuners, my first dulcimer to sport machine tuners, which should be nice.

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