|Project by Hacksaw007||posted 05-31-2010 04:50 AM||2302 views||6 times favorited||7 comments|
Have not had much time to mess around in the shop for a few weeks. My son got married last week (Sob) so we are empty nesting it for the first time. Making a few of these Mary Anne inspired whistles have been alot of fun especially if you don’t have much time to invest. The problem is that everyone wants one. I make stuff for my coworker’s kids once in a while and I made his son a whistle. 2 days later I got a card from him thanking me and asking for another blue whistle so he and his friend can create a secret code! My coworker knows how to make stuff on the metal lathe so I designed a “whistle mandrel”, which he redesigned and made one up for me. I didn’t have anything to correctly hold the whistles while turning, when they have a 3/8th inch hole in them, so here is a good way to turn them. This mandrel is 3 3/4 inch long, where the whistle goes is 3/8th inch thick, and the part that goes into my tail stock is 5/8th inch thick. That leaves you with 1/8th inch at the mouth piece, just like a pen mandrel! The tailstock end is bored so that my pin doesn’t get used, just the beveled part of the tailstock, self centering! It works pretty slick. And a lot faster to make. Made these 6 in less than an hour. They aren’t finished yet, will spray coat varnish on them. I am using a Jet 1220VS lathe. Scrap wood from work. The colors are Red and Black, Cayenne, Black and Blue, second picture is Camo, Red, White and Blue, and another Black and Blue one. I also just went and bought a white dowel rod, but took a whistle to check the dowels for the best fit, and I am glad that I did, some were way off, too small or big. And I learned that my flat area on the plug wasn’t deep enough, so when I tried different things, this increased my volume and bettered my sound. I am over 1/16 inch on the flat. I remember Mary Anne’s request to donate some whistle money to women’s centers, but I haven’t sold any yet, still giving them away! Just like making pens I guess I am still giving them away too. Thanks for looking and hope all of you are have a great Holiday!
-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16