|Project by harriw||posted 12-12-2012 02:13 AM||4267 views||18 times favorited||4 comments|
My son and nephew are both big fans of Thomas the Tank Engine and trains in general, so I thought it would be neat to make them some traditional train whistles for Christmas.
I quickly realized my bench-top drill press, however, wasn’t going to be tall enough to fit the blanks I wanted to use (and I didn’t trust my skills to drill holes that deep sufficiently straight with a hand drill). While doing some research as to how the whistles work, I stumbled across this tutorial by Mary Anne on router table whistles: http://lumberjocks.com/LateNightOwl/blog/16193. Voila! Problem solved :)
By the way – Steve Ramsey just did a video on how to make the traditional version using the drill press method as well: http://lumberjocks.com/Stevinmarin/blog/33324.
Here’s my version. They’re 4-note whistles, with 2 tubes on each side of the whistle joined by a mouth piece. These are made from some sections of that pine pre-made glue-up panels you can get at the big box stores that I had laying around. I didn’t have any 2×4’s nice enough to use so I just laminated 2 pieces together.
Rather than stopping my router dados to seal off the tubes, I cut my dados all the way through the blanks. Then I cut some square blocks to size and used them to plug off the tubes. This allowed me to set the pitch where I wanted by moving testing, moving the blocks slightly, testing, etc. Then I cut some additional blocks to plug the other end so you couldn’t see the back side of the tubes.
Sanded to 220, and finished with 4-5 coats of mineral oil, hand-rubbed once it dried.
-- Bill - Western NY