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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 4 weeks ago - replies: 13
Molly McCurdy

Restoring a Dulcimer

Hi, Everybody! I’m restoring this old dulcimer and have a question. Why would the frets not go all the way across the fret board? Does the bass...
@Molly McCurdy started 3 weeks ago - replies: 5

First time build

(Have pics of my build but can't see how/where to upload)Half way through my first dulcimer, and found this forum whilst researching sound holes....
@DouglasCoates started 4 weeks ago - replies: 8

Considering updating the tuning pegs

Hello all, I am considering replacing the friction pegs on my Keith Young dulcimer (see profile picture) with Grover tuning pegs. I need...
@DulcimEllen started 7 months ago - replies: 26

Non removable ID on copies.

I was wondering earlier today if builders of replicas of collectible MDs add some physical, non removable mark or feature to aid collectors in...
@Skip started 3 months ago - replies: 6
Matt Berg

Clothes Iron Wood Bending

I recently read that the "Linen" setting on a clothes iron raises the temperature of the iron to 445 degree fahrenheit.  That seems hotter than...
@Matt Berg started 3 months ago - replies: 9

Hughes hourglass kit

A few months ago my brother gave me a walnut dulcimer kit from the Hughes Dulcimer Company.  Yesterday a friend cut out the scroll pieces for me,...
@TheresaSC started 4 months ago - replies: 8
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 5 months ago - replies: 3
Dwain Wilder

Custom fret templates

One of the things I do for other makers of fretted stringed instruments is build precision fret templates to any specified scale length. I've...
@Dwain Wilder started 5 months ago - replies: 0
John C. Knopf

A "Little Guy" dulcimer

Here's a prototype of my "Little Guy" dulcimer, with a 22" VSL and DAA tuning.  It's made of black walnut with a buckeye top.  It's shown next to...
@John C. Knopf started 5 months ago - replies: 2

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 last year - replies: 3

To vault or not to vault.

   I am still working on the six dulcimers and I am curious.  The ones I have made in the past have had a channel grooved in the bottom.  I have...
@Don started 10 months ago - replies: 19

suggestions for pick ups

Any advice on installing a pick up on a new dulcimer??
@Don started 8 months ago - replies: 16

Fixing old dulcimer

New to the forum! I was just given a mountain dulcimer by Samzie Adams, made in 1972. A friend pulled it out of a junk pile on the floor of his...
@Suzette started 6 months ago - replies: 16
Matt Berg

Number and Size of Sound Holes

The standard dulcimer has four sound holes.  As some of you know, I experiment with many different configurations.  If any of you have tried...
@Matt Berg started 9 months ago - replies: 6

Building Dulcimers Cheap

Hey all, when I first started building dulcimers it was a very inexpensive process. Tied on fishing line frets, eyehole screws for tuners, anything...
@NateBuildsToys started last year - replies: 5

Latest build: Electric dulcimer with hum bucker pickup

Just finished my first electric dulcimer. I had some extra parts and thought "Why not"? It is a 23 inch scale with 1+, 8+, 6+, and 13+ frets. I...
@Shelton started 9 months ago - replies: 2
Ken Longfield

T - 6

This is my sixth teardrop dulcimer. The shape comes from plans by Scott Antes and the peg head from a Popular Woodworking article. Many years ago...
@Ken Longfield started last year - replies: 12
Collier Frederick

New Professional Model Overview

I wanted to post this overview first and foremost to give members of this site ideas and potentially inspire builders to try new designs as I was...
@Collier Frederick started 10 months ago - replies: 4

Building the Celtic Strum

The strum stick, or stick dulcimer, is the kissing cousin of the mountain dulcimer. I have been thinking of building one for some time. I...
@tukanu started last year - replies: 14
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