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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 12-07-2012 08:57 PM 11465 reads 27 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s how to make a 4-toned train whistle made using a 2×4. These make great stocking-stuffers or gifts. Kids love them.

This is a good project to make if you have limited tools. All of my sawing could easily be accomplished with a hand saw.

To get started, here is a PDF with the measurements I used



-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com



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Don Johnson

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#1 posted 12-07-2012 09:36 PM

That’s a hoot !

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 12-07-2012 09:36 PM

It’s good to see you “Tooting your own Horn”!

Thank you very much!

I have one like that… have had it for YEARS… every time I look at it, I think to myself,
“I’m going to have see if I can make one of those… for kicks.”... but, never do it!

I can see now, thanks to you, that I would have had trouble… those dowel pieces inserted & glued are NOT visible from the outside world… it would have driven me absolutely NUTS!

So, thank you for saving my sanity!

I shall make some of these for Christmas / New Years gifts!

Thanks again! Great project!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#3 posted 12-07-2012 09:40 PM

I had better not make one for my 2 year old, he will drive the dog NUTS!

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#4 posted 12-07-2012 09:49 PM

Man! Those are COOL! Maybe you play with those in your end of the year video! Bring your noisemakers too!

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#5 posted 12-07-2012 10:23 PM

Great video, Steve…..well presented and explained. I made a few of these about a year ago, and they are amazing. I decorated the outsides with India ink drawings of train and paddlewheel boat images.

-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com

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#6 posted 12-08-2012 01:55 AM

Neat instruction on making the whistles! Thanks, Steve

ps. I’ll bet a 4×4 would have a very DEEEEEP sound!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 12-08-2012 04:17 AM

You’re awesome as always

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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rance

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#8 posted 12-08-2012 04:56 AM

Another neat project Steve. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us all. You are our hero.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 12-08-2012 05:09 AM

Toot! Toot! What a hoot ;-) Another great video! Where do you come up with these ideas?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 12-08-2012 11:03 AM

Steve that was good

You sure can cheer me up,

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 12-08-2012 03:11 PM

” All aboard the wood working train!” Why did that crack you up so much??? It was the perfect intro:)

Very cool project!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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derosa

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#12 posted 12-08-2012 04:25 PM

I think I’ll make one of those for my nephew to use at his grandparents house, they’ll love it.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#13 posted 12-08-2012 04:30 PM

Another amazing user friendly project, thanks

-- Norman

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#14 posted 12-08-2012 04:39 PM

Fun project steve.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#15 posted 12-10-2012 12:37 AM

Hey Steve! Very nice! I’ve been working on a pair of train whistles for my son and nephew for Christmas, and was about to head out and put some finish on them when I realized I hadn’t seen this week’s video yet… Imagine my surprise when I see this week’s video is about… Train Whistles!!! :)

My bench-top drill press isn’t tall enough to drill into the blanks I was using though (and I don’t trust my skills to keep the holes straight anyway), so I made square “tubes” on the router table instead (Got the idea from here: http://lumberjocks.com/LateNightOwl/blog/16193). I think you probably get better sound quality with the round holes, but I found that by routing a square channel the whole way through the blank and then using square plugs to block off the “tubes”, I could easily tweak the pitch of each tube by adjusting the position of the plugs. This allows you to get a perfect train-whistle chord (I did some quick research, and it looks like most train whistles use a 1, 3, 5, 6 chord). Since you need the “tubes” open to make them on the router, they’re fully accessible before you glue the cover over the tubes, which allows you to easily move the plugs around.

Here’s what mine look like (the one in back still needs to be sanded – sorry). Pretty much the same way Steve made his, with some obvious differences. These are also 4-note whistles – 2 on top, two on the bottom.



-- Bill - Western NY

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