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Project by DaddyT posted 943 days ago 1311 views 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These things are fun, and aggravating, at the same time. I used walnut and maple for the bodies with oak dowels for the reeds. The are simple to make, but they all sound different LOL. I start by finding the center of the wood,( the end your going to be blowing in). Drill the hole what ever size the dowel I’m going to be using is. The deeper the hole the lower the pitch (for the most part, remember I said they all sound different). Next measure from the end one inch, this is the flat towards the mouth piece. Then I cut the 40 degree angle. The cut needs to come to the bottom of the hole you drilled. Cut your dowel a little long, that way you can adjust it for the sound you want. Next, I sand a quarter of the dowel away, with just a slight angle on one end. This end will go towards the cuts you made. Insert the dowel till its just at the flat cut, give it a test. You may have to push it in farther or pull it back towards the mouth piece, but youll just have to tinker with it. Once you have it making the whistle you want, trim of any dowel thats sticking out of the mouth end. FYI these do NOT sound like the train whistles!! More like a regular whistle.

Also, if you have children and cant stand the constant sound of their new toy, DO NOT MAKE THESE!! LOL

Well I hope yall like ‘em.


-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#1 posted 943 days ago

Lovely instructions, great looking whistles. Is the mallet to bonk them on the head when things get out of hand?

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#2 posted 943 days ago

@vipond33- HA I wish! (well sometimes anyway) But I think the wife would bludgeon me with it if I did that.

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#3 posted 943 days ago

Unique whistles

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 943 days ago

I use to give out whistles for Halloween. As I live out in the country parents drive their kids around. Parents stopped coming to my place after a few times.



-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#5 posted 941 days ago

I have had mixed results with whistles, i’ll try you approach. Yea, I know, there simple. Maybe thats the problem, so am I.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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