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Wooden Whistle - First Lathe Project

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Project by Dan posted 01-14-2013 11:15 AM 2323 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Following the tutorial given by Mary Anne (Tutorial can be found here) I have made this wooden whistle. Please keep in mind that this is my first lathe project, as well as the fact that my workshop is not “up-to-date”... The lathe I turned this whistle on was my great-grandfathers. (All original except the belt and power cable, belt I replaced dated in the 1920’s).

I made the whistle from pine, more specifically I ripped a 2×4 from Home Depot down to 1”x1” (true measure). I started with a blank approx 6 1/2” long. The only major mistake I made was that I made the mouthpiece too short. I will be sure to leave more there on my next one.

-- Dan - Wooden Treasures CT - http://woodentreasuresct.etsy.com http://www.youtube.com/woodentreasuresct





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John Lowell

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 01:10 PM

The whistle looks great and a nice idea for a small project. Tks for the instructional link, am putting this one down on my to do list.

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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cosmicturner

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 03:34 PM

Your work is really good you have it in you to be a good turner…nice first project, now try turning some maple look for a chunk of fire wood and do some spitting, sawing, and turning pine is one of the hardest to turn it tears out tricky stuff…just my two cents worth…

-- Cosmicturner

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 05:44 PM

Nice work! I’ll have to try making one of those myself.

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Dan

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#4 posted 01-14-2013 06:39 PM

Thank you everyone, glad to get some positive feedback on my first lathe project. :)

Jeffrey, I agree that the pine was kind of hard to turn, the pictured whistle was my second try, the first one was going well then all of a sudden a section of it practically exploded. The pine just blew apart, not sure if I hit a knot or maybe my knife was just too dull (spend a few hours sharpening most of them last night).

-- Dan - Wooden Treasures CT - http://woodentreasuresct.etsy.com http://www.youtube.com/woodentreasuresct

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 01-14-2013 07:04 PM

I am not a lathe person, so it beats the crap out of what I could do. Really clean job on this.

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

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Dan

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#6 posted 01-14-2013 07:14 PM

Thank you Monte, and to be honest at this point I don’t consider myself a lathe person either lol. I am actually a scroll saw artist, but have had my great-grandfather’s lathe sitting in my basement for months now and never used it, so figured I would give it a go. Based on the results I think you can all expect to see more lathe projects from me as I had a blast making this.

-- Dan - Wooden Treasures CT - http://woodentreasuresct.etsy.com http://www.youtube.com/woodentreasuresct

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Doe

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#7 posted 01-14-2013 11:08 PM

Way to go – I’m sure your great-grandfather would be pleased. Nice shape, I think you’re well on your way to being a lathe person (at least part time).

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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clieb91

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#8 posted 01-15-2013 03:01 AM

Dan, Welcome to LumberJocks. A very nice first lathe project, beats mine. Glad to hear you are able to still use the old lathe and hope it continues to treat you well.
Based on what I see on your website you are an excellent scroller, I am sure the lathe will provide you another good medium for your work. Look forward to seeing more.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 01-15-2013 05:06 AM

Wonderful whistle, glad to have you aboard

-- Norman

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Diggerjacks

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#10 posted 01-15-2013 05:48 PM

Hello

This is a nicely idea

Thanks a lot for the tutorial

I want to try one in the future

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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