|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 05-30-2012 10:53 AM||6140 views||4 times favorited||24 comments|
This is a handmade mountain dulcimer I created as a Christmas gift for my wife. Done mostly in secret, I’m still astonished it went as well as it did. I found the plans for it in a Reader’s Digest book called Back to Basics.
Sticking to my usual non-conformist tendencies the sound box is fashioned from pine instead of some kind of exotic hardwood. The fingerboard came from a stick of oak which I took from an old pallet. The bridge and nut are from the spine of a hard rubber comb. The tuning head is that of a guitar and the frets are banjo frets, both of which I bought. I also made the case in the background from plywood. It sports brass corner and clasp hardware.
It sounds quite good. My wife brought it to church once and played it in a pit orchestra during a performance of The Secret Garden.
[EDIT] I’ve added a close shot of the neck and tail of the finished dulcimer, plus 3 shots of what it looked like while being glued up. The glue up shots are from a cell phone.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!