Posted on January 6, 2010February 8, 2024 by Dale Phillips Review: Constructing the Mountain Dulcimer by Dean Kimball Review: Constructing the Mountain Dulcimer by Dean Kimball Reviewed by Peter M. Estes Originally published in American Lutherie #1, 1985 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume One, 2000 Constructing the Mountain Dulcimer Dean Kimball David McKay Company, Inc., 1975 $14 from Luthiers Mercantile International (1999) This last Christmas my wife Lynn asked me to help her build a mountain dulcimer for an old friend of ours. I had bought and read Constructing the Mountain Dulcimer when it was first published, but this was the first opportunity I had to use it. The pictures and diagrams in this book are so well done that I ended up skimming the text, reading in detail only when I needed clarification. We used his “Standard Dulcimer” pattern. Lynn did all the measuring and laid out the lines for cutting. I built a simpler version of his elaborate production assembly fixture to hold the sides in position during assembly. We used some dust-covered bargain mahogany guitar sets for the back, sides, and top (the backs from the guitar sets made excellent stock for recipe boxes for gifts). I did not attempt his rotary planer method for thinning stock. Become A Member to Continue Reading This Article This article is part of our premium web content offered to Guild members. To view this and other web articles, join the Guild of American Luthiers. Members also receive 4 annual issues of American Lutherie and get discounts on products. For details, visit the membership page. If you are already a member, login for access or contact us to setup your account.