Hi folks! I need some help finding sources for pre-cut wood for a dulcimer soundboard. I'm building my first dulcimer and using some nice re-claimed wood from a piece of old family furniture. I have a variety of sizes and thicknesses of wood to work with. However I have nothing thin enough for a soundboard and no saws or planers available to me to cut something.
I need something that is ready to use, other than cutting to shape and sanding. Stewart-MacDonald has thickness-sanded bookmatched 2-piece soundboard sets of stika spruce, and I could just use that, but I would like to see what else might be available.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
WWW.Folkcraft.com has tops/bottoms, fretboards, sides, heads, everything you need. Good variety of woods. Prices are reasonable.
Check out the scroll-ready wood from Ocooch Hardwoods. The have a variety of woods, exotic and domestic, in thicknesses of 1/16" or 1/8", and up to 12" wide. Each piece will be 24" long and their prices are reasonable too.
I used 1/8 birch plywood from a local craft store for this build: dulcimer
It came in a 12"x24" size that I cut by hand into two 6"x24" sized pieces. But I've seen other craft stores that stock sizes that wouldn't need to be cut at all.
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! I also found this company - Woodcraft, http://www.woodcraft.com/ - that ships and has retail locations with one kinda near me. I'll be shopping them all...
Seth, my design looks a lot like yours - a rectangle w/ humbucker pickup, etc. Yours looks like how nice I hope mine will be. Thanks for the pictures.