LumberJocks

The Case for the Mountain Dulcimer

  • Advertise with us
Project by Dave Rutan posted 11-28-2016 08:31 PM 377 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

See the dulcimer that will live in this case here [link]

Having built my second mountain dulcimer, I built a case for it because I know it will be going to my wife’s school and probably a performance or two. My wife plays in a pit orchestra and a few years ago my first dulcimer had to double as the sound of a sitar for The Magic Garden.

I used a board of what I think is oak. It doesn’t have any greenishness to the grain, so I don’t think it is poplar. I ripped the board in half and then cut to create four sides of the box. The top and bottom were made from re-used plywood from a few drawers I found earlier this year. They were stained on one side, so I put that side facing out.

I cut the lid off from the box and cut mortises for the hinges and temporarily put them on. Then I made the pilot holes for all the hardware, took the hinges off and sanded everything.

I painted the interior side of the plywood black, and on the bottom half of the case I added ribs on which the instrument will sit, and a storage box on the tuning peg end. I don’t like to waste space and it’s good to provide a place for noters, pics, extra strings and the like. I created the ribs from the same mahogany that the dulcimer is made of. The storage box is made of drawer wood oak as far as I can tell.

I stained the outside flats of the plywood with black cherry stain and applied spray lacquer to the whole thing.

Then I put the hinges back on, attached brass corners, a handle, suit case latches, and the lid hinges for the storage box. I also glued felt strips to the support ribs and a few blocks of foam rubber under the lid to help keep the instrument from moving about when being carried in the case. I assembled an accessory kit including a noter, a pick and an anti-slip mat.

I like the look of this case a lot. I can’t wait to present the whole shebang to my wife at Christmas. I put a verse from Psalm 33 inside the storage compartment door using decoupage. My friend Cy found it for me. It reads: Sing a new song to him, play well and joyfully. Ps. 33.3

[Below] Mandatory glue up photos!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





11 comments so far

View majuvla's profile (online now)

majuvla

9139 posts in 2331 days


#1 posted 11-28-2016 08:40 PM

Ofcourse, such instrument desreves nothing less. I like those metal corners.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View Dan Bartlett's profile

Dan Bartlett

27 posts in 3540 days


#2 posted 11-28-2016 08:51 PM

Beautiful work!

-- www.youcanmakestuff.com

View Dave Rutan's profile

Dave Rutan

1430 posts in 1652 days


#3 posted 11-28-2016 09:01 PM



Ofcourse, such instrument desreves nothing less. I like those metal corners.

- majuvla

I love the corners too! $3.00 for four is well worth the class they give the piece. I figure the case will get bumped over the ensuing decades of use it will see.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

View  woodshaver (Tony)  's profile

woodshaver (Tony)

4012 posts in 2817 days


#4 posted 11-28-2016 09:01 PM

What a GEM! Nice case nice work!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

View Dave Rutan's profile

Dave Rutan

1430 posts in 1652 days


#5 posted 11-29-2016 02:01 AM



What a GEM! Nice case nice work!

- woodshaver (Tony)

Thanks. It was fun, too.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

View CFrye's profile

CFrye

8748 posts in 1304 days


#6 posted 11-29-2016 06:10 AM

Beautiful case, Dave. I, too, am a fan of the brass corners. They add a touch of elegance. The quote from Psalms is an added touch of love.

-- God bless, Candy

View Dave Rutan's profile

Dave Rutan

1430 posts in 1652 days


#7 posted 11-29-2016 01:13 PM



Beautiful case, Dave. I, too, am a fan of the brass corners. They add a touch of elegance. The quote from Psalms is an added touch of love.

- CFrye

I forgot to mention the psalm quote. I asked my friend Cy to find it for me. She’s particularly good at finding passages from Scripture to put on her projects. I’ll add it to the description above.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

View helluvawreck's profile

helluvawreck

23175 posts in 2331 days


#8 posted 11-29-2016 07:06 PM

Dave, this case is wonderful and I love the dulcimer. They are both beautiful pieces and the craftsmanship is outstanding.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

View Dave Rutan's profile

Dave Rutan

1430 posts in 1652 days


#9 posted 11-29-2016 08:13 PM



Dave, this case is wonderful and I love the dulcimer. They are both beautiful pieces and the craftsmanship is outstanding.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thanks! They have me psyched for Christmas!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

View Purplelady's profile

Purplelady

60 posts in 424 days


#10 posted 12-01-2016 01:27 PM

That is beautiful! There you go, inspiring me again!

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

View Dave Rutan's profile

Dave Rutan

1430 posts in 1652 days


#11 posted 12-01-2016 06:16 PM


That is beautiful! There you go, inspiring me again!

- Purplelady

As we say in my world: Iru kaj faru lignańĶon! – Go and make something out of wood!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com