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David Williams2

What kind of staple

I've taken an interest in the style of Dulcimer made using staples for frets. What brand or size of staple are you using? I have a home built...
@David Williams2 started 10 years ago - replies: 20

Saddle on Soundboard

Hello folks, I am getting ready to make a dulcimer for myself and would like to make it in the style where the fingerboard stops after the second...
@NateBuildsToys started one week ago - replies: 5
Randy Adams

Staple Frets

I can't find any ready made staples so am making some. Will black annealed steel wire make a good fret wire? Too soft?
@Randy Adams started 11 years ago - replies: 9

false bottoms = added mass?

Hey folks  I've been thinking lately about false bottoms. Mainly about how possum boards deliberately suspend a dulcimer from the headstock and...
@NateBuildsToys started 2 weeks ago - replies: 8
Dale A Penrose


How is that for persimmon lumber?
@Dale A Penrose started 2 months ago - replies: 10

What are the best dulcimer kits?

Hi folks.  I need your help once again.  I have a beautiful all-cherry McSpadden teardrop dulcimer.  I have some woodworking experience, and I'm...
@ceilidhdog started 2 months ago - replies: 18

Construction plans?

Where can I find some construction plans for dulcimers?  I've seen the plans on FolkCraft, but are they useful?  Are there assembly drawings...
@mstrick96 started 2 months ago - replies: 3
Matt Berg

1 3/8 fretboard string spacing

A friend requested a dulcimer fretboard that is 1 3/8" wide.  I usually build with 1 1/2" wide and the strong 1/2" apart.  On a three string...
@Matt Berg started 11 months ago - replies: 5

Dulcimer case

I’m not sure this is the right place to post this but I thought you folks might get a kick out of it. The original idea was from my old farmer dad....
@banjelele started 3 months ago - replies: 5
Dale A Penrose

Olive wood?

Olive wood trimmed in black walnut. Has a bright sound, was hard to work with, Very oily wood, but smelled pleasant. I have enough for one more.
@Dale A Penrose started 4 months ago - replies: 7

String Gauge and Intonation

Hello all. Am I correct in assuming that the reason for compensating bridges is due to the thickness of the strings? Should I compensate the bridge...
@NateBuildsToys started 2 years ago - replies: 5
John C. Knopf

Spruce and Mahogany Galax Dulcimore

I just completed this Melton-style Galax dulcimore/dulcimer.  The center piece is poplar, with a Sitka spruce top, red mahogany backs and sides,...
@John C. Knopf started 4 months ago - replies: 5
Bill Robison

Peg replacement

Are planetary violin pegs strong enough for dulcimer use>
@Bill Robison started 4 months ago - replies: 5

suggestions for pick ups

Any advice on installing a pick up on a new dulcimer??
@Don started last year - replies: 22
Ken Hulme

Museum Replica Bowed Zither

The original was made by Jacob Gross, a school teacher, fracture artist, and occasional instrument builder in Bucks County, PA, home of the...
@Ken Hulme started 4 months ago - replies: 5
Bill Robison

Bill Davis kits

Has anyone had the experience of assembling a Bill Davis kit? I just got one that I am pretty sure is one of his assembled kits Were the fret...
@Bill Robison started 5 months ago - replies: 4

Scalloped Fingerboard Designin' Blues...

Hi all, new to the site and to dulcimer building, figured I'd make my first post start with a banger of a question.  First off, a little...
@Nutmegger started 6 months ago - replies: 9

The Journey of a New Comers' New Dulcimer

Hi All After a month of lurking around the site reading tons of information and doing research I went ahead and found a copy of Kimball's...
@Nutmegger started 5 months ago - replies: 6

Thoughts on tonewoods?

Just finishing my first and considering a second for family members. I make furniture so have a good stock of woods around (but I'm in UK so what...
@DouglasCoates started 7 months ago - replies: 19

It's Here (Kinda!)

No idea who sees these posts, but I wanted to share that the dulcimer guitar I started designing 2 years ago is finally in a playable, quality,...
@ryanpryor started 5 months ago - replies: 0
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