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    Hammer Dulcimer Build (video added)

    Well I have been work on the Hammer Dulcimers that I will bed building for the Branson market. This will be a 17/16 layout with 66 strings.

    This is the frame with the pin blocks glued up and ready for the top. Its made of Hard Maple and 1/4" Baltic Birch bottom
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    This is the bottom side of the Walnut top with the rabbets cut around the edges. The panel is 3/8" and the rabbet to be 1/4" around the edges
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    This is the top side Notice the Design Enhancement (Yes I started the rabbet on the wrong side )
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    This will be the fix for Stupid. Its some Sycamore I had laying around.
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    Well back on my head
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    Nice!

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    thats some good looking walnut jay.. i heard Missouri had some ice stuff
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    Have seen a couple but have no idea what goes into building one so looking forward to the rest of the build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    thats some good looking walnut jay.. i heard Missouri had some ice stuff
    Larry this is some Kansas Air Dried Walnut that my Uncle milled back on the farm over 25 years ago....Wish I had a bunch more of it. I HATE the steamed stuff they sell around here.
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    I love to hear a Hammer Dulcimer played well! If you've never heard someone that knows how to play one Listen here, I'd hate to have to tune it tho!

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    Great project, I look forward to see it growing! Did you get the plans from somewhere or you just made it up? and last but not least can you play it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    Great project, I look forward to see it growing! Did you get the plans from somewhere or you just made it up? and last but not least can you play it?
    Yes I got several sets of plans. This one is mostly MusiicMakers plans. I will be using hitch pins instead of screw and angle all the hitch pins and tuning pegs instead of straight in. The next one I will make with an angled pin block to make it easier and I think a better looking Dulcimer.

    And as usual in all the stuff I am building right now NO I can not play them
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    Here it is with the bracing installed ready to close up.
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    This is how the repair of the top turned out, It looks pretty good I think and the wife likes it will have to wait to see if it effects the sound any.
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    Next is to route a small grove for the brass rods where the strings go over near the tuning pegs wish me luck if it goes wrong the whole top is trash.
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