|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 11-22-2016 09:46 PM||755 views||2 times favorited||20 comments|
See the case I made for this instrument here: [link]
After being told that we were having a small Christmas, I decided to build my wife the long promised 4-string dulcimer. I made her a 3-string instrument a few years ago [link], but I wanted this one to be even nicer. I made it by basically following the instructions in a book titled: Making Folk Instruments in Wood by Dennis Miles Waring.
The woods I chose were recycled pew wood mahogany for the bottom, sides, and fret board, and white mystery wood, possibly white oak, poplar, or ?? from a recycled dresser drawer which I had set aside for this very purpose. I finished this fine musical instrument with spray lacquer.
The only parts I had to buy for this were the strings because I had enough fret wire left over from the first dulcimer build. The tuning pegs were made from a piece of natural maple that I harvested recently as were the nut and the bridge.
The sound holes are the silhouette of a bird in flight because my wife is an aviphile.
If you’d like to follow the build process, I posted a series on my blog here at LJ. [link]
[Above and below] Two photos showing the instrument just before finishing.
[Below] Mandatory glue up photo.
Now I’m off to build the case to carry this around.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!