I have a big cigar box, which is too big for a standard CBG.  It measures 26.5 x 11 x 5 inches - photo attached with wine bottle for scale.  I've been thinking of making a dulcimer and would be grateful for any advice on construction, scale length, number of strings, tunings etc.  Also, if you can think of something better to make with it, I'd be happy to hear that, too.  Many thanks.

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Nice build, Derek - really clean lines and nicely balanced sound holes.  I'm still wondering about whether to go Tennessee Music Box or dulcimer, or some sort of hybrid.  The problem centres on whether to use vine eyes or modern tuning machines for tensioning the strings.  Maybe I'm over-thinking it.  Probably too much sun.........

Sorry to butt in again, I only used those on the late 1800's style replica because that's what they used. They do generally hold the tuning on mine helped by the tin but are a pig to string up. On others I've made I've used regular guitar tuners to save myself a load of grief. Also frets on the melody string(s) only are ok for old time tunes but I fully fretted them too as it's more versatile for modern music.

Thanks, Dennis. The reason that I’d tend towards eyes is that it’s an old box and could look authentic. Then again, I have some Sinton’s jumbo bronze fret wire, which would also look good. I’m tempted by semi-hidden tuners, down the end of the box and with traditional tin work.

That's one thing about the tin on mine, I think it helps with the sustain which is excellent. I used 2 nails for the "nut and bridge" with the tin shaped over the top. I took a lucky guess at the nail/tin thickness to get near to a low-ish string height above the staples as I couldn't find info on that. Works a treat :) 

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