|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 11-28-2016 08:31 PM||578 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
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!