|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 353 days ago||1864 views||3 times favorited||17 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 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.
-- Beware the flying swarf!