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Forum topic by JonJ posted 01-09-2008 12:07 AM 3945 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2008 12:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jig trick tip dulcimer instrument

After making a couple of dulcimers, I decided it would save me a lot of time and produce better results if I invested just a little time in a build board .

I made a grid with a centerline to set the head and tail on, then after you get one side bent to a curve you like, it’s easy to duplicate it on the opposite side. I use simple blocks with screws through them to hold everything in place. I don’t know how I built anything without this simple setup…

This is the construction of this dulcimer, but the celtic knots that appear to be on the soundboard at this stage are just photoshoped in at this point. Wanted to make sure I liked ‘em first. The soudboard is not cut to size yet, and is just laying on top.

Notice the blocks are not in the same place. I guess wood being the natural thing it is, wants to do its own thing. Each side needed slightly different contact points to achieve symmetry.


-- Jon

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#1 posted 01-09-2008 12:31 AM

That will sure make it easier to make a lot of them!

Lookin’ good

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-09-2008 12:38 AM

You are a master dulcimer maker. You can’t beat innovation. Great idea!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 01-09-2008 12:46 AM

good method. I like the Celtic designs.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 01-09-2008 01:36 AM

Great headstock.

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#5 posted 01-09-2008 02:15 AM

love this idea. i’ll have to build me a dulcimer just to try it out

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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#6 posted 01-09-2008 02:19 PM

excellent. I hope we get more blogs about this process

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 08-08-2017 03:59 PM

I had a similar experience and have built a jig. Check out

-- Bob, Tennessee --

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