|Project by Blayne||posted 07-24-2010 12:11 AM||4536 views||4 times favorited||13 comments|
I’m a hammered dulcimer player, and I decided I wanted to build one on my own. So, with a set of plans and a pile of lumber, I set out to build this dulcimer. I got as far as completing the sound box when new responsibilities at my day job kept me from completing it for a year. But, I eventually came back and finished it all in one (long) weekend. This is my most ambitious project to date.
The soundboard is quartersawn mahogany, which I resawed in the shop from an 8/4 board, and then edge glued to make the panel. The pin blocks (which you can see in the construction photos) are hard maple, and the pin panels (the wood visible beneath the tuning pins, overlaying the pin blocks) are 1/4” birdseye maple. The sides are cherry and the edge trim is walnut. The bridges and string supports (next to the pin panels) are padauk. The back is 1/4” birch ply. The soundhole rosette is a maple, laser-cut crown of thorns that I purchased off of the Web. The dulcimer is finished with four coats of General Finishes wipe-on oil poly. The label on the inside is the name under which I build my instruments, Dove Creek Dulcimer. In the construction photos, you can see the hard maple pin blocks, the (unfinished) cherry sides, and some of the internal support.
This instrument sits in my office at work today, so that I can play it when I have some spare time. It has a good sound and stays in tune pretty well. While it was a frightening build at times (wondering if I was about to make a high $ pile of firewood), I’m pleased with the outcome.
-- Blayne -- Stillwater, OK