Terry says: "I downloaded the mini dulcimer plans and ordered the hardware from you. Thought you might like to see the finished product. It's made from Sapele and maple. The hammers were made from the same two woods as well."
These are very nice hourglass dulcimer plans. Plenty of detail to work with.I would very much like to see a couple more fret spacings than just the 28". Perhaps a 27, 26 and 25" spacing list for those of us with smaller finger span would be a wonderful addition. Thank you
A CALL TO IMPROVE THESE PLANS: These original plans from 1973 give us a rough outline for making a simple hammered dulcimer. However, they contain some vagueness when it comes to design and parts. For example, the author suggests using "sturdy nails" as hitch pins. What exact nails would you use? Also, he recommends a 2x4 as the frame, but wouldn't the softness of the pine wood eventually release the zither pins and cause tuning problems?
I prefer to use desk pins as hitch pins, but nails will work. Be sure to drill pilot holes for the nails. Don't just pound them in with a hammer, that will encourage splitting. The string tension on a hammered dulcimer is formidable. Hitch pins should definitely be set at an angle. Use the test jig to determine the best size of nail to use. A six or eight penny finish nail might be a good place to start. Nails are soft, don't let them stick up too far or they will bend. Keep the string wrap close to the block. 2b1af7f3a8