Intricate Compound Dulcimer

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Project by Dan posted 01-26-2013 02:12 PM 1283 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is probably one of the most complex pieces I have ever cut, and is definitely the most complex compound cut I’ve ever done. It didn’t take as long to cut as I originally expected, but was very challenging.

I cut this from poplar, and finished it with semi-gloss spray poly.

So last Tuesday (1/15) when I went to see my aunt and show her some of my latest creations, she told me about a man named Stephen Miklos. She had met him at a convention of sorts. He makes dulcimers, which my aunt is learning to play. He also was selling small dulcimer ornaments, unfortunately she did not bring enough cash with her to purchase the one she really liked. He had mentioned to her that he was featured in Scrollsaw Woodworking & Crafts magazine, so she put me (being the computer guy I am) on the hunt to figure out what issue he was in.

Thursday (1/24) I shocked her immensely by presenting this compound dulcimer to her as a gift. I had located the issue (no longer available from the publisher, sold out issue), and found a gentleman who was willing to send me the one article from that issue, as he had it.

-- Dan - Wooden Treasures CT -

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#1 posted 01-26-2013 02:16 PM

Nice story and I’m sure that she loved it. The piece looks difficult to make but you did a nice job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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

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#2 posted 01-26-2013 02:43 PM

Very nice gift. Is it cut from a single pice of wood or are the parts assembled after cutting?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#3 posted 01-26-2013 03:20 PM

Impresive indeed!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 01-26-2013 03:27 PM

Very nice a most interesting piece,

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 01-26-2013 06:36 PM

Jim, it was cut from one solid piece of poplar. Was a pain in the you-know-what too lol

-- Dan - Wooden Treasures CT -

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#6 posted 01-26-2013 11:18 PM

Even more impressive!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#7 posted 01-27-2013 06:02 PM

Great story on the reason for this work of art. Thank you for that last picture that gives the necessary
perspective to show just what you meant by a pain to cut out.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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