How to make a basic dulcimer from one piece of wood!

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make a quick, acoustic dulcimer from a single piece of wood…

Start with a nice chunky bit of timber:

Trim a piece off the end:

Trim a thin piece off the top, the thinner the better as this will be your soundboard:

This was much thicker than it should have been…. still worked though!

Hollow out the plank by any means necessary

Place and glue the top back on:


And the end bit

Make a few small holes on top, or cut away fancy shapes as you see fit.

Add a few eyelets top and bottom:

Ads tuning pins. I used piano pins as I happened to have spares .. HERE IS MY GUIDE TO DIY TUNING PINS IF YOU NEED ALTERNATIVE IDEAS

Add strings, use dowels at both ends as a nut and a bridge:

Tune to something like fifths, ADA, DAD, GCG etc.

I completely estimated where the frets should go based on if it sounded nice or not!


Published by Vulpestruments

An assortment of hand crafted instruments, made from recycled, reused and readily available parts

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