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Project by papabear posted 1617 days ago 2278 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a few minutes earlier this week and spent a few hours experimenting with the plans for a train whistle from the wonderful wood toys book I won last year.

I made three of them. One 4” long per the plans, one 5” long and one 6” long. I didn’t have any dowel the right size to took part of a broken broom handle and turned it down to fit.

The 4” one makes this high pitched squeeling sound, the 5” one sounds more like a train whistle and the 6” one does if I put my finger just in the right spot. I think the hole was too far off center so when I put my finger to the side that has the extra space and it makes a nice lower pitched sound.

I don’t think I’ll finish these ones as they were experiments but when I do make one that makes just the sound I want, what should I use as a finish? I was thinking the same oil we use on our cutting boards. Any one have any recomendations?

I couldn’t find my camera so used the webcam to take the pictures, not the greatest but you get the point.

-- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.





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Lisa Chan

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#1 posted 1617 days ago

Toot toot!

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories, http://www.grippingyarn.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 1617 days ago

Nice little project. There was a guy who made whisltles out of willow branches when I was a kid. He knocked the bark loose, then slide it back on when he was done.

What did yoiu do? Drill a hole clear through, then carve the knoch for the sound?

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

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Junji

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#3 posted 1617 days ago

Wanna hear the sound! Video please, when you can.
Looks great!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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BTKS

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#4 posted 1617 days ago

Cool project, I would love to build these with my kids but I would pay for it for months to follow. Through auditory agony and my wife beating me with them.
TopamaxSurvivor,
I remember the whistle you are referring to. My grandpa made them from maple limbs. I’ve tried to reproduce them but have never been able to make one whistle. Grandpa’s worked great, I’m sure my parents loved them too. Thanks for the memories. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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SnowyRiver

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#5 posted 1617 days ago

Thats great…Dont let the kids get a hold of it…you’ go nuts. :-)

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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papabear

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#6 posted 1617 days ago

TopamaxSurvivor:
The willow branch whistle sounds fun. Somthing you could make for all the kids if you were out camping. The trouble might be making go back to their parents at the end of the day :-)

Cut a piece of square stock to the desired length and drilled the hole through the centre to about half an inch from the end. cut the |/ into it on the band saw so they end just at the bottom of the hole. sand a flat side on the dowel then glue in to fill in the hole from the |/ to the end where you blow. Cut the angle on the end so the top stops just below the notch on the plug and sanded.

BTKS:
I did build it for my 2 1/2 year old daughter but she is scared of it. Will play with countless other musical things we have around the house but not this for some reason. One of her favourites right now is a trumpet that has one of those noise makers you blow at New Years in one end. How she can make all the noise with that and not like this, who know.

Junji:
Here I go, trying to upload a sound file. If I succeed, you’ll get it in this post. If not, I’ll do some reading on how to upload later and try again.

Lisa:
let me know if this is the sound you had in your head when you thought of the train whistle 8-)

-- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

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papabear

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#7 posted 1617 days ago

can someone point me to the place to look to upload a .wma file from your local computer and I’ll get the sounds up.

thanks!

-- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

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Junji

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#8 posted 1617 days ago

If it is a video file, you can upload it to youtube, but I am not sure if there is good site you can upload wma files.
If you can change it to mp3 file, then you can upload the file as video file to you youtube.
Check this site.
http://mp3tu.be/

Well, I hope it’s all in English, but maybe not. I am in Japan, and most of the site using Japanese, but guessing that it may change the language as where you are, I am not sure…

Or maybe you can read this…
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070613183238AAc07aT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFQUWa6cN14

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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Dan'um Style

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#9 posted 1616 days ago

here is how tomake one …
//
fun to read story
..
http://www.binkyswoodworking.com/TrainWhistle.php

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Jim

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#10 posted 1615 days ago

Interesting project Rick. I will have to try one of these. I’d like to hear what it sounds like.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada --- www.sollows.ca

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papabear

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#11 posted 1615 days ago

Try this one for the sounds. Let me know if it works for you.

Starts with the 4” then 5” and finally the 6” one.

http://members.shaw.ca/rstabler/trainwhistle.wma

Rick

-- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

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Junji

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#12 posted 1615 days ago

Rick,

Thanks, yes, it worked OK for me using Mac and Safari.
Ah sounds great. Maybe it will be more like train whistle when it can be heard at the same time, 3 of them.
Thank you so much for your work!

Junji

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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#13 posted 1610 days ago

I have always wanted to make one of these. Great project idea.

-- Norman

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#14 posted 1480 days ago

Finishing can alter the sounds to any “musical” instrument. Surface finishes like lacquer keep it bright and clean and oil type finishes lend a more mellow tone. For a piercing whistle sound I wouldn’t use a penetrating oil like on the cutting boards, but with a train whistle sound I think it would really enhance the lower tones into a more haunting sound, like an old time steam whistle.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 1480 days ago

Thanks for the info. Good to know, especially for those of us who can’t hear those sublte differences ;-)) If, indeed, they are merely subtle diferences ;-((

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

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