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by Jim McConkey
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Dulcimer sides
Replies: 33
Views: 13717

Re: Dulcimer sides

Too late now, but another good option for thinning dulcimer sides is something along the lines of what is sold as the Luthier's Friend Sanding Station, which is basically a drillpress-mounted sanding cylinder with a bottom bearing and an adjustable block next to it. Very easy to make if you don't wa...
by Jim McConkey
Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: What is it and how can I make it?
Replies: 4
Views: 3064

Re: What is it and how can I make it?

Better yet, just put "How to make a cuica" into YouTube. There are a whole bunch of videos on it. This page has some nice closeups of how the stick is attached. The stick, normally bamboo, has a lump on the end. You would soak the head in water until it becomes very pliable, drape the skin over the ...
by Jim McConkey
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: What is it and how can I make it?
Replies: 4
Views: 3064

Re: What is it and how can I make it?

Have you got a picture or video? I can't say I've ever seen one.

Heads are usually goat hide or similar. Search drum head skin, or try https://www.drumfactorydirect.com/. You might also look at Mid-East Manufacturing's web site. They make a lot of odd percussion instruments.
by Jim McConkey
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Dulcimer top and fingerboard/soundboard
Replies: 16
Views: 5636

Re: Dulcimer top and fingerboard/soundboard

The tuners Barry mentioned are made by Wittner, Knilling, and Pegheds. I have used Wittners on several instruments, and they are great!
by Jim McConkey
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Dulcimer top and fingerboard/soundboard
Replies: 16
Views: 5636

Re: Dulcimer top and fingerboard/soundboard

Soundholes are entirely up to your taste. Hearts are traditional, but any sort of shape can work, as long as the area is about the same. If you plan on making intricate designs, I would strongly recommend gluing a thin patch with the grain perpendicular to the top inside the soundboard. One of my du...
by Jim McConkey
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Dulcimer top and fingerboard/soundboard
Replies: 16
Views: 5636

Re: Dulcimer top and fingerboard/soundboard

I hollow my fretboards first, glue to the already-joined top, then remove the portion of the top under the hollow after everything has dried. I agree with Clay's suggestion of 5/8" to 3/4". I wouldn't want it any higher myself. I also relieve the underside of my fretboads over the tail block. That i...
by Jim McConkey
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Happy 22nd Anniversary, MIMF!
Replies: 6
Views: 3149

Happy 22nd Anniversary, MIMF!

For those who don't remember back that far, the MIMF was launched on this day 22 years ago. Not quite the same without Deb's occasional Whap!, but still one of the more civilized forums on the internet. I remember the days when we used to celebrate our anniversary with chocolate and an actual real-t...
by Jim McConkey
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Help for Old Factory Locations
Replies: 3
Views: 2460

Re: Help for Old Factory Locations

I had a quick look. This guy https://www.gad.net/Blog/2017/05/30/guild-guitar-factories/ is like you and wants to find old guitar factories. He identified the former Guild factory as the building currently known as the Jonnycake Center on Industrial Drive in Westerly, RI At the bottom of this Guild ...
by Jim McConkey
Thu May 30, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My first inlay
Replies: 12
Views: 2649

Re: My first inlay

Elmers is also great for gluing paper templates to shell during cutting of custom inlay pieces. After your piece is all cut out, drop in a cup of water for a bit, and the paper comes right off.
by Jim McConkey
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Curly Burr Oak
Replies: 12
Views: 6223

Re: Curly Burr Oak

I have built and played dulcimers for over 40 years, and the one I built entirely of oak (OK, the fingerboard was walnut), is still my favorite of them all. And that is some beautiful oak you have there. Go for it! Alan, as Dale said, dulcimers are a lot more forgiving because they are so narrow and...
by Jim McConkey
Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: First Cello Build
Replies: 52
Views: 29750

Re: First Cello Build

Maybe your next build should be a dust collector! A DIY Oneida Dust Deputy, a bucket, and a small shop vac will build a fine one cheap.

Can't wait to see this come together!
by Jim McConkey
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Helpful websites
Replies: 7
Views: 4173

Re: Helpful websites

Just to consolidate info, I am copying Brian Evans' post here: I look up this website every single time I cut a scarf joint. I always forget how to do it between times.... http://www.mirwa.com.au/HTS_Headstock_Scarf_Joint.html And speaking of cutting scarf joints, Kathy Matsushita has good details a...
by Jim McConkey
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: New here
Replies: 3
Views: 9757

Re: New here

Hi Maxx, Welcome to the Forum! We do host media here, an even encourage it, though we ask that you stick to some reasonable size constraints. Instructions for doing so are here: http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=1656 Some members do post on other sites and link here. That is fine if you...
by Jim McConkey
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Woodworking Workbench
Replies: 11
Views: 6843

Re: Woodworking Workbench

I had to build a new workbench a year or two back. Taking a hint from MIMF member Arnt Rian, I got a wood table top (birch, I think) from Ikea which is roughly 3'x5' ( 1 x 1.5 m). The base is four 4"x4" uprights. I used 2x4s to frame around the top and another set about a foot off the floor, with ou...
by Jim McConkey
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: dying wood question
Replies: 7
Views: 5202

Re: dying wood question

Probably the same stuff, but most lutherie supply places carry black fingerboard dye. It is commonly used on violin fingerboards, but can be used any any instrument. From my limited experience, it seems to hold up well.
by Jim McConkey
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tools I wish I never bought
Replies: 25
Views: 17210

Re: Tools I wish I never bought

And if you have a dog, they are used by many vets for trimming nails. Plenty of uses all around!
by Jim McConkey
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself here!
Topic: Greetings!
Replies: 7
Views: 9234

Re: Greetings!

Welcome to the Forum, Kristoffer!
by Jim McConkey
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself here!
Topic: Hello everybody
Replies: 4
Views: 6075

Re: Hello everybody

Welcome to the Forum, Anthony!

You can chisel out the kerf above where the brace should have fit in, and replace it with a larger triangle that sticks out far enough to secure the brace.
by Jim McConkey
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: One of those offbeat ideas - a dust-collector-powered pipe organ?
Replies: 19
Views: 10168

Re: One of those offbeat ideas - a dust-collector-powered pipe organ?

It is, but DC used in connection with motors almost always refers to the power source. The whole point is spelling things out only takes 2 more seconds, but prevents a lot of confusion.