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by Dale Penrose
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Dulcimer top and fingerboard/soundboard
Replies: 16
Views: 3779

Re: Dulcimer top and fingerboard/soundboard

Normally the two halves of the top are glued together. The fretboard is glued on to that. Many hollow out the bottom of the fretboard to reduce weight, claiming it makes for better sound. While I usually hollow out my fretboards, I'm not going to make claims about it improving the sound, there are t...
by Dale Penrose
Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Dulcimer sides
Replies: 33
Views: 10168

Re: Dulcimer sides

OOPS!
multiply by 10.
by Dale Penrose
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Dulcimer sides
Replies: 33
Views: 10168

Re: Dulcimer sides

I shoot for .010-.012 on my dulcimer sides. The curly maple should bend fairly easily on your bending iron. Practice on some scrap wood. Tho I have never used Spanish Cedar, I think you will have a nice sounding instrument.
by Dale Penrose
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Old School
Replies: 10
Views: 2997

Re: Old School

Karl Wicklund, I bent the staples myself out of .042 music wire. Once I got the hang of it, it went quickly.
Bryan Bear, I'm in Webster Groves, we'll have to meet up for a beer someday at Urban Chestnut.
by Dale Penrose
Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Old School
Replies: 10
Views: 2997

Old School

Was recently asked to build a "old style mountain dulcimer", three strings, hand carved pegs, and staple frets. Twas a fun build, had to learn how to make the frets. Here's a short clip of the new owner with his dulcimer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4uOuN0Ky4M&t=3s
by Dale Penrose
Sun May 26, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Curly Burr Oak
Replies: 12
Views: 4756

Re: Curly Burr Oak

Thought I'd show a picture of the dulcimer made from the above board.
by Dale Penrose
Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Curly Burr Oak
Replies: 12
Views: 4756

Curly Burr Oak

Being primarily a mountain dulcimer builder, I can use woods in my builds that are not the "norm", such as this curly burr oak. I wetted down the board with water to show off grain and color.
by Dale Penrose
Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: 10-20 drum sander
Replies: 2
Views: 2048

10-20 drum sander

For those who own this model and similar ones....Have you had problems with the threads stripping out on the height adjustment? The female threads. I have owned this drum sander for three and a half years, it has stripped out twice. The second time, this past week, I was told the part containing the...
by Dale Penrose
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: mesquite
Replies: 4
Views: 2807

Re: mesquite

Fretboard!
by Dale Penrose
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Persimmon
Replies: 7
Views: 3852

Persimmon

https://www.facebook.com/WildMeadowDulc ... =3&theater
Bought a little persimmon yesterday. After planing it, part of the board showed some curl, so thinking of using it for an instrument or two. Has anyone used persimmon? How does it bend?
by Dale Penrose
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tools I wish I never bought
Replies: 25
Views: 14853

Re: Tools I wish I never bought

A power jointer. Ended up replacing it with a jointing plane, no. 7 I believe. Can join backs in half the time with a much better joint, and the hand plane cost me 1/2 what the power tool cost!
by Dale Penrose
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Jet Drum Sander
Replies: 2
Views: 2252

Jet Drum Sander

Went out in the shop today, went to sand the saw marks off a newly cut brace, and discovered that the height adjustment nut had stripped. Those of you who have had this happen, should I replace the screw also? It doesn't look damaged....
by Dale Penrose
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Ash
Replies: 5
Views: 4970

Ash

I recently acquired a curly white ash board. The curl is as tight as high quality maple. I have never used ash before, plan on making a mountain dulcimer with it and was wondering if it is worth resawing into some guitar stock. Anyone with experience working with ash in acoustic instruments?
by Dale Penrose
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Dust Collectors
Replies: 8
Views: 3643

Dust Collectors

Does anyone do anything special to ground the hoses/tubes? I added a homemade cyclone to my dust collector, 4" dryer vent between my drum sander and barrel. First day using it I noticed a static shock every time I touched it. I have since placed a length of bare copper wire between the tubes and thi...
by Dale Penrose
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Bowed Psaltery
Replies: 5
Views: 4879

Re: Bowed Psaltery

I posted a brief video of my grandson trying to play. He had fun messing around with it. Look under Wild Meadow Dulcimers on Facebook.
by Dale Penrose
Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Bowed Psaltery
Replies: 5
Views: 4879

Bowed Psaltery

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater
This was a fun little project, my wife is enjoying playing it. Anyone else make these?
by Dale Penrose
Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Orphans
Replies: 6
Views: 4323

Orphans

For those that resaw their own wood, what do you do with the odd piece. It seems that whatever thickness I start with (4/4,5/4,8/4, you get the idea) I end up sawing an odd number of pieces. Does anyone have a known use for these? Besides bindings, linings and kindling? I always sem to get an odd nu...
by Dale Penrose
Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Sycamore
Replies: 3
Views: 2901

Re: Sycamore

Didn't think of using it for binding. Will be resawing it later this week, so by spring, should be ready to try.
by Dale Penrose
Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Sycamore
Replies: 3
Views: 2901

Sycamore

I recently bought a sycamore board, quartersawn, looks nice. Having never worked with this wood before, does anyone have tips, experience with it?