delicate sound hole reinforcement

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
3 months ago
1,835 posts

In addition to the things Ken mentions, some builders use card stock or heavy paper, even thin goatskin; basically anything that doesn't have grain like wood -- or if it does, you run the grain at right angles to the wood grain.  I've also seen builders saturate the wood with glue on the underside of the top to harden it up


updated by @ken-hulme: 03/05/21 05:03:18PM
Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 months ago
790 posts

Bill, a lot of it depends upon the design. Some folks put a thin piece of wood under the sound hole area with the grain running perpendicular to the top grain and then cut out the hole. A friend of mine saves used dryer sheets and glues that in the area where the sound hole will be cut out. Others glue small pieces of wood around the hole to keep cracks from developing.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
3 months ago
1,454 posts

I'm totally ignorant of instrument design, Bill, so I can't help you.  But if you don't get good answers here, you might consider joining the Dulcimer Making Group and asking your question there.




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Dusty T., Northern California
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updated by @dusty-turtle: 03/05/21 04:40:32PM
Bill Robison
Bill Robison
@bill-robison
3 months ago
20 posts

I have seen many sound hole designs on here and was wondering what you use for reinforcement under and around those intricate designs.