A friend and I are building a matching pair of steel string tenor ukes while he's in town (so they need to come together pretty quickly).
2 main questions:
Anything else about the plan that seems like a Bad Idea™?
Hi, a number of things spring to mind.
If you do not want "not so quiet" do not hamper the vibrations of the top, or at least as little as possible. The bridge sitting on the top would transmit sound to the top more efficiently.
If using a "rod" style reinforcement in the neck, keep in mind that, that rod or bar [and bar is preferable] should not be flexible, eg it can not bend between your thumbs.
Dulcimer necks are often hollow inside and only contact the top minimally.
You say, maybe, no fingerboard. Well, there goes some neck stability, and the usual way neck reinforcement is covered, if one is used. Unless it is inserted from the back of the neck Fender style.
It's a shame you have time constraints, remember - you get out what you put in - so get up early. Ha ha. Enjoy your project. It will make music.
I did not know that about dulcimers! I think I probably will be going with a fingerboard after all - I found some nice slices of curly maple and osage orange.
Thanks! SUPER helpful.
Thanks Korrigan , this is indeed super helpful.