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Forum topic by MrsN posted 05-28-2009 06:58 PM 3278 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-28-2009 06:58 PM

I have a student who finished her class project early and would like to make a whistle. She found a couple plans online or in the libary that seem fairly straight forward. Do any of you have any experience in whistle making, any tips you can give me to pass on?

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#1 posted 05-28-2009 08:01 PM

If she is making a train type whistle then thin hardwood for a better shirl (sp) and softer woods would give to a more mellow lower tone.

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#2 posted 05-30-2009 08:57 PM

Don’t know what type of whistle you are talking about but here are instructions for making a willow whistle from a willow branch. Did this as a kid but never had willow where I lived.


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#3 posted 05-30-2009 09:23 PM

An older type train whistle would be fun I saw plans years ago for metalworking project but am sure this could be m,ade at least partially in wood I too would be interested show then here please if you have one thanks.Alistair

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#4 posted 06-03-2009 05:09 AM

That reminds me of a little ditty my dad used to say a long time ago.

I had a wooden whistle, but it wooden whistle,
I got a steel whistle, but it steal wooden whistle,
Then I got a tin whistle…and now I tin whistle

Wow, I haven’t thought about that for a really long time, probably when his Shopsmith 10er was new back in 1953. Yikes -SST

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