[Above] With the whole instrument put together, it’s time to attend to a few details. First I sanded the whole thing, rounding over the sharp corners. Here I’ve used a very thin bladed back saw from my modeling tools to score the locations on the nut and bridge for the strings. These are just marks for now. The final fitting of the strings will be done last of all. FYI the two notches are supposed to be close together. It’s a dulcimer thing. [Above] On the ...
[Above] With the fingerboard otherwise finished, it’s time to cut the fret slots. This is actually the most important part of the whole process as the position of each fret makes the difference between musical instrument and a nice wall hanging. I looked up 3 separate fret calculators online and they all gave me the same answers. Using milimeters and my true to life meter stick, I marked the location of each fret on the wood, starting from the nut end. [Above] I’m us...
The last time I made a dulcimer I tried to buy guitar tuning machines to put on it to tune the strings with. I was thwarted in this because the music shops, at least the brick and mortar ones near me, IE LOCAL BUSINESSES don’t sell the to ordinary folks off the street. They will happily bring your instrument in and install them and charge you for that, but they won’t just exchange money for a tuning machine. So I had to buy them off of eBay and install them on my custom made mu...
After cutting a new fingerboard stick from my mahogany, I proceeded to mill it, etc. Roy Underhill stated in his video where he shows, sort of, how to make a dulcimer, that the fingerboard is the key. You can stick a fingerboard on anything and it will work, but it needs to be correct. [Above] After cutting the stick to correct size, I marked it up according to the instructions. Several things get done to the fingerboard, and I already learned how to avoid a few problems from my las...
[Above] Here I am planing the pieces down to thickness, top, bottom, sides, and fingerboard. This was the nicest day of the week, so I was able to do this outside. [Above] Finally making the brace for the inside of the instrument. It’s just a piece of pine. The circular cut outs are to allow sound and air through from one part of the dulcimer to the other. The band saw and I actually got along pretty well on this part. [Above] Here you can see the sides dry fit int...
Starting a pallet coffee table build. To see most recent progress search for #palletcoffeetablebuild on social media or subscribe to my YouTube Channel for the latest.
[Legebla en Esperanto] I recently built two more of my wooden bar clamps. I decided to take photos along the way to show how they are made. These are made of 1×2 pine. Most of my bar clamps are of a very similar design. I’ve used them. They haven’t broken and they hold wood together during glue-ups. Using a stronger wood would make the clamp… well, stronger. N.B. I made these with basic hand tools. Using better tools will yield a more professional looking proje...
Well after 7 years of building my kitchen table, the benches are finally finished. Made from 2×4’s to match the table and stained a minwax special walnut. The overall dimensions are 73” long, 18” deep, and 35” tall. Click here to view on YouTube.
Let me first apologize to those of you who were following my shop build back in 2012 – I forgot to post the finished product! I suppose my incomplete blog is the result of a combination of excitement with my new shop and just being busy with woodworking, school, and life in general. I know that if I was following a build and they failed to post the complete shop, I’d be a little ticked off! Now that I’ve got that out of the way, let’s move on to the shop. I will beg...
Had a good day out in the shop. I ripped all the extra 2×8’s I had leftover from a storage shed build for the bench top. I hand planed the faces with a #4 getting them ready for glue up (I left 5 boards for tomorrow ;)
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