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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 2388 days ago

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 2388 days ago

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 2388 days ago

good method. I like the Celtic designs.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 2388 days ago

Great headstock.

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#5 posted 2388 days ago

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 2388 days ago

excellent. I hope we get more blogs about this process

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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