wood dulcimer cases

chuck queisser
chuck queisser
@chuck-queisser
9 years ago
15 posts

Looks great!! You will like a suitcase handle better you can get them at Ace Hardware for under $5.00. I made two wood cases out of 1/4" luan will post pictures.

Kevin Messenger
Kevin Messenger
@kevin-messenger
9 years ago
86 posts

Thanks ken. John P I ordered a suitcase like handle ,but. it has yet to arrive, I will see if I can make it work once it gets here.

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
9 years ago
833 posts

Good looking case there Kevin.

john p
john p
@john-p
9 years ago
173 posts

Looks very solid Kevin, think I'd have gone for a more 'comfy grip' handle though Smile.gif Like the divider idea.

john

Kevin Messenger
Kevin Messenger
@kevin-messenger
9 years ago
86 posts

I just thought I would show you all my new case. I build dulcimrs to sell ,and when going to gatherings I need to carry a lot of dulcimers. This one holds two. 378_forums.jpg?width=721 379_forums.jpg 380_forums.jpg?width=721

Burrell Loew
Burrell Loew
@burrell-loew
9 years ago
11 posts


John C. Knopf said:

Burrell,

That's how I make wooden cases -- build the whole box, then slice off the lid. It'll fit perfectly every time.

I haven't made box joints at the corners, though that's the best way to fasten them.

I generally use either 3/8" solid poplar or 1/4"- 3/8" plywood for the edges, and 1/8" plywood for the top and bottom pieces.

I wrap the raw box piece exteriors with thin vinyl sheet goods, usually black, and glue/staple the edges all around.

Then the rigid-foam interior is added and cut to accommodate the instrument. The foam is then covered with Fun Fur or flannel material and trimmed. Sometimes I add a flap lid in one corner for an accessories area.

Then 3 or 4 small brass hinges are added, 2 draw catches and a handle.

I've made them that way for years by the way I put rest of the pix. here

http://mountaindulcimer.ning.com/photo/2-case/next?context=latest

John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
9 years ago
287 posts

Burrell,

That's how I make wooden cases -- build the whole box, then slice off the lid. It'll fit perfectly every time.

I haven't made box joints at the corners, though that's the best way to fasten them.

I generally use either 3/8" solid poplar or 1/4"- 3/8" plywood for the edges, and 1/8" plywood for the top and bottom pieces.

I wrap the raw box piece exteriors with thin vinyl sheet goods, usually black, and glue/staple the edges all around.

Then the rigid-foam interior is added and cut to accommodate the instrument. The foam is then covered with Fun Fur or flannel material and trimmed. Sometimes I add a flap lid in one corner for an accessories area.

Then 3 or 4 small brass hinges are added, 2 draw catches and a handle.

Burrell Loew
Burrell Loew
@burrell-loew
9 years ago
11 posts

Hi was going to put some pix on earler but could not find this discussion. I make plywood box using box joints on the cornors cut the top off so top and bottom match, cover with vinel materal on out side, and do the inside with foam and fake fur. will atach some pix.

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
9 years ago
833 posts

Thanks Chuck. It was made of 1/4 inch plywood. I used the panels from a hollow core door to create the lip. It was originally painted yellow and then I changed it to brown. If I ever took all of those stickers off it would probably fall apart.

chuck queisser
chuck queisser
@chuck-queisser
9 years ago
15 posts

I like it, sure protects your dulcimer well. Must be well built to last this long.

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
9 years ago
833 posts

Last one:

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Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
9 years ago
833 posts

Even more: 375_forums.jpg?width=721 376_forums.jpg?width=721

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
9 years ago
833 posts

More: 373_forums.jpg?width=721

374_forums.jpg?width=721

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
9 years ago
833 posts

Okay, if finally found time to take some pictures of my case. I have used it for almost 40 years. Here they are: 371_forums.jpg?width=721 372_forums.jpg?width=721

chuck queisser
chuck queisser
@chuck-queisser
9 years ago
15 posts

Sure would like to see the one you built and I will get pictures of mine. The one I saw did not have metal hinges on it, a belt was used and leather belts were used for latches. Hardware is getting expensive, the one case I made has over twenty dollars worth of hinges, latches and corner protecters.

chuck queisser
chuck queisser
@chuck-queisser
9 years ago
15 posts

Sure would like to see some examples some homemade wood dulcimer cases.


updated by @chuck-queisser: 03/14/17 05:47:03PM