Dulcimer #2 Build 1st entry #2: 2nd entry

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Blog entry by poospleasures posted 08-02-2014 11:59 PM 2509 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Took the sides out of the form today. There was a bit of spring back to them. Made a bunch of blocks to hold sides to the center form piece.

Made the tail piece which is a glued assy. It will be glued between the back end of the side pieces. It starts to get tricky now. The wedge or part that looks like a dovetail should be exactly as thick as the sides are tall. The part glued to the back should extend on the bottom of assy as thick as your back appx. .125 to .130. On the top side leave it about 3/4 to 7/8 longer. This is where the rear of strings attach. All 4 sides will receive glue during assembly

Next make the peg or neck piece which gets a bit more complicated. The rear of this part slides between the front of the side pieces, it should extend on the bottom side to about the thickness of the back panel and on the front side about an inch which is about the height needed for the top panel/sound board and the fret board both which but up to this piece. All 4 sides of this will receive glue during assembly.

This is the tail piece in position at the back of the assy.

More on the tooling of the neck in the next installment.
Just remember these instructions are coming to you from an amateur these things did work for the first one I made but the hour glass style seems to be much harder to do. If the glue does not hold I guess it will explode when taken out of the clamps. Thanks for staying with me. Comments and PM’s welcome.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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View Roger's profile


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#1 posted 08-03-2014 12:54 PM

Good stuff Vernon

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 08-03-2014 05:43 PM

Vernon, Did I mention that I’m WAY too lazy to start a project like you are doing ? I’m pretty sure it’s going to be great !
btw – we’re back home and settled, call you in a little while -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 08-03-2014 06:34 PM

This dulcimer is going to look nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 08-04-2014 10:27 AM

OK I have got it.

Dulcimer may refer to:
Stringed musical instruments
Fretted, generally played on the lap by plucking, i.e.
Appalachian dulcimers:
Typical Appalachian dulcimer
Banjo dulcimer, with banjo-like resonating membrane
Resonator dulcimer, with inset conical resonator
Hammered dulcimer, free-standing, trapezoidal, with horizontal strings struck by handheld “hammers”
Bowed dulcimer, teardrop-shaped & played upright with a bow.

It looks a bit like a guitar that has been run over by a truck

So now knowing all that good stuff, a question

Played by Hammering, plucking, and using a bow.

Does the instruments sound change as a result of the way it is played ?

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 08-04-2014 02:07 PM

Great project! Do you play dulcimer as well?

-- Ed

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#6 posted 08-04-2014 11:47 PM

handsawgeek I do not play an instrument at all. My wife makes sweet music on the dulcimer. The only thing I play is cards and woodworking. Thanks for asking.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#7 posted 08-05-2014 01:42 PM

This is giving me a good insight into the individual components .


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 08-21-2014 07:40 PM

Here is a link to a website you and your wife might find interesting if you don’t already know about it.


-- Ed

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