Hello again to you all. This entry will be somewhat different as things being done now do not show in the pictures. Some of these are not really a big help to you but may make you think sign your work.
Looking into a sound hole to show signing and dating and showing I am not very good at wood burning.
The back side just received its last finish coat a few minutes ago. Notice the small dot on the back of the neck. That is an oak dowel which runs thru the scroll cut to add strength as the short grain in the cut is fairly weak.
Tuners in place.
Mentioned the other day that my Luither friend who we will call Tom during the balance of this blog said I should file down some of the frets on the first dulcimer. I thought I did a pretty good job. I went to visit Tom today and found out I did not know what I was doing again. He helped and did most of the work to correctly file the frets on both dulcimers. This is a process in itself to lengthy for this blog. Well it works. The #1 dulcimer which did not seem to be tune able plays now. As I write this my wife has been playing it about a half hour and says it sounds very good. Tom says many musicians buying new guitars bring them in for a fret job before ever preforming with them.
Seems as if everything fits now so maybe just one more coat of finish. You can also see the three little pegs in the back piece. This gives options on string type you may use. With set up you could use three different types.
P.S. Wifey will be taking #1 with her to class tomorrow for the instructor to check it out. I will likely not blog about this build until #2 is finished and is playing OK. I welcome comments and PM’s. If you would like clarification on some of this stuff PM and we can exchange phone #s because I do not type fast enough to explain. Thanks for looking.
-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon