This hourglass shape mountain dulcimer kit has all the same fine components as the finished Walnut Creek model. The back, sides, fret board and scroll head are solid walnut. The top comes in a variety of woods that include walnut, cherry, alder, redgum, sassafras and others (see wood samples below). The sound hole is a hummingbird pattern with leaves and has already been cut out. Occasionally we have blank tops or tops with deer sound holes.
Complete with all parts and step-by-step instructions with illustrations. One of the more difficult steps, placing the frets, has already been done for you. The sides of the hourglass shape are pre-bent. Assembling the kit requires sanding, gluing and clamping, sawing/cutting (the top and back do have to be cut to shape) and application of a finish. Tools needed to complete: coping saw or exacto knife (band saw or trim router can be used), needle nose pliers, drill with 1/16 and 1/32 or 3/64 bit, carpenters glue, 2 bar clamps with 10″ span, C clamps optional, sanding block, sandpaper, 0000 steel wool, ruler or tape measure, and a finish of your choice.
PLEASE NOTE: It is advisable to have some woodworking skills to build this kit.
When finished, the dulcimer is approx 34 1/2 inches long, 7 3/4 inches wide lower bout, 2 inches deep.