Dulcimer #2 Build 1st entry #5: entry# 6

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Blog entry by poospleasures posted 08-11-2014 11:41 PM 1596 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

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#1 posted 08-12-2014 12:45 AM

OMG Vernon! That is incredible. Can you put a sound file on here somehow so I/we can hear this puppy? Thnx in advance. That is awesome.

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

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#2 posted 08-12-2014 12:47 AM

Very find job on that instrument!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 08-12-2014 02:07 AM

Nice work,now string it up and give us a tune !!

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 08-12-2014 10:18 AM

Vernon, that is just stunning !

-- 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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#5 posted 08-12-2014 12:23 PM

Beautiful work on this.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 08-13-2014 12:00 AM

That was a very nice blog Vernon and I very much enjoyed the intricacies that you included .
The finished project looks great and I hope to hear some music played on it .
Thank you very much for doing all this .


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 08-13-2014 12:01 PM

Thank all you folks who have stayed with me on this. I am far from an experienced maker but have learned so much in this experience. I don,t know how to send video and I do not know how to play. Wife does not want to be filmed. I guess this is the next project. I do hope to do another short blog when I get #2 completely finished and tuned and playing. Thanks again.

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

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