Hammer dulcimer, Part 2

The sound board.  I’m using some western red cedar that I got from a lumber yard here in town.  It started out as an 8″X8″ fence post.  I cut it down to 48″ long, wasting some knots in the process:



Then I ran it through my planer to clean it up:



I normally use my 14″ bandsaw to resaw this sort of thing, but I don’t have any sharp blades for it right now, so I used the table saw.  Was not fun, but it did the job.  Had to cut from both sides, of course.  I cut it plenty thick, and then planed the pieces down to 1/4″ thick.

I guess I neglected to get any pictures of the raw cut pieces, but here are some of gluing them all together.  The short piece at the top is some old cedar or redwood the a friend gave me.  (Yo, Chris!)  He said it was salvaged from a river bottom after being sunk for 150 years.  After smelling it, I believe him.  😀





After gluing all 4 pieces together, I mark it to cut it to it’s final shape:



Then cut it so it fits inside the body:





Now the locations of the soundholes are determined, and pilot holes are drilled.  I also made the grooves at the locations of the bridge braces, which will be used for adjusting said braces:






The rosettes.  Turns out they weren’t glued in to the old HD, so they just popped out.  That was nice.  🙂



I used a hole saw so cut the sound holes:



And this is why I hate hole saws:



It’s also why I drilled from the bottom of the soundboard.  So no one will see mistakes like that.  😀

After the holes are drilled, the side edges have a bevel planed on to them, which will hold the saddles, then the top is sanded smooth, and a coat of sealer is applied:




After the sealer is dry, the soundboard is sprayed with a few coats of black lacquer.  Here’s the first coat:




When the first coat is dry, some dirt is removed, and other defects sanded, then a couple more coats are sprayed.  Here’s the last coat of black:



Then several coats of clear go on.

To be continued…





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