Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

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Shop Maintenance

I’ve written before about how I manage my work in a small shop. I’ll build several dulcimers from start to finish and adapt the shop to the tasks at hand. I’ll keep the bench free of the ephemera that tends to gather there while planing stock. Then comes side-bending, fabricating parts, assembly, fretting, scraping, sanding and finally finishing.

By the end of the process the shop is a bit of a mess so I clean things up, get organized, sharpen a bunch of tools and start over again.

Today is such a day and it was time to clean up and flatten the bench again. Here is a link to an older post about “Leveling The Top Of My Workbench.”

Here is how my arms look after planing the top of my bench today:

My arms after truing up the top of my bench with a #8 jointer plane

Time to get back to work!

 

Music I’d Like To Hear #12

 

Suonatori Albanesi

 

Music I’d Like To Hear #12

 

Dulcimers Often Begin With The Gentle Touch Of A Scrub Plane

 

 Dulcimers Often Begin With The Gentle Touch Of A Scrub Plane

 

Well, the rough stock from the mill receives the gentle touch of the scrub plane before I start making dulcimers with it.

Well, the touch of the scrub plane is not all that gentle but it gets a rough and uneven board close to flat and square very quickly and leaves a surprisingly decent surface in its’ wake.

Scrub planes usually have a flat bottom and a tight radius on the cutting edge and plow through wood much like a gouge. I find scrubbing rough stock  a very satisfying experience. Thick and curly shavings pour over the bench and  floor as rough wood reveals its’ secrets and beauty.

 

Mose Tapiero Ocarinist

“The Echo” – Ocarina Solo By Mose Tapiero (1909)

 

Mose Tapiero - Ocarinist

 

 

\”The Echo\” – Ocarina Solo By Mose Tapiero (1909)

“The Echo” – Ocarina Solo By Mose Tapiero (1909)

Thanks to Archive.org for the wonderful sound file!

 

 

Music I’d Like To Hear #11

 

Three Hurdy-Gurdy Players


Three Hurdy-Gurdy Players


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