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Project by Mary Anne posted 05-05-2010 03:10 AM 3256 views 4 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my entry for the Nothing New But The Glue Challenge.

I gathered up some scrap last night, did some random gluing and spent a pleasant couple of hours in the shop today making whistles. Four were turned on the lathe, and the other two were made on the router table. One is a two-note “train” whistle. Scrap woods used are maple, walnut, hickory, lyptus, oak, and sapele.

That’s Hayley resisting temptation in the last picture. :)

Whistles are a fun and easy project. They are a great project for unstructured exercising of your imagination. They are universally popular with youngsters, and I usually keep a few around for children I like—and parents I don’t like.

Toot, toot!!!

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#1 posted 05-05-2010 03:14 AM

very cool! now you made me want to google whistle-making :) sounds like a fun project.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 05-05-2010 03:18 AM

my kids would go to town on these. Nice work

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#3 posted 05-05-2010 03:29 AM

Do you Whistle while you work??? Looks great

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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Mary Anne

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#4 posted 05-05-2010 03:36 AM

I just did an LJ search and was surprised not to find any whistles. They are a fun project for any skill level and take only minimum of tools.

Should I do a blog?

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#5 posted 05-05-2010 03:37 AM

Yes please on the blog…

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#6 posted 05-05-2010 03:43 AM

looks like fun and a good way to use that scrap.
beautiful dog too.

-- Kate,

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#7 posted 05-05-2010 04:40 AM

Mary Anne, do a blog! I will be getting my new lathe on Friday and I’m looking for a project to start with. A whistle would be a great first lathe project…I think :)

-- Paul, Winterset Iowa,

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#8 posted 05-05-2010 04:47 AM

Oh, My God. I get the 8 year old grandson this summer for a week or so. What a great idea. We can make a few whistles. He can drive his father [my son] crazy! OH, Pay Back is Golden!

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#9 posted 05-05-2010 04:51 AM

Can you tell me where to find info on making these? I love them!

That pup looks extremely huggable, too. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 05-05-2010 05:25 AM

So I guess y’all want the lathe whistle tutorial first?

Thanks for the nice comments about Hayley. She is a little cuddler. It is not easy to take pictures at my house without at least one critter getting in the picture.

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#11 posted 05-05-2010 06:19 AM

Toot Toot, I hear you. Nice work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 05-05-2010 08:25 AM

What a fantastic idea! I have never thought of making whistles. Please do a tutorial for us. Please, please please…...(yes I am begging)

My kids will hate me, but my grand kids will love them. haha

Keep up the imaginative work. Good luck in the contest.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#13 posted 05-05-2010 09:58 AM

Mary Anne you have started something very interesting. A blog will be most welcome.

The whistles are awesome. You have a very creative talent.

Hayley is gorgeous.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#14 posted 05-05-2010 09:59 AM

Those whistles are just sweet, tweet & petite. They must have been fun to make toot, er um. I like your work Mary Anne. I love my dog Maggie too and I think if she had a whistle at both ends she would be a two tone train whistle as well!

-- $tudie

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#15 posted 05-05-2010 12:34 PM

Great whistles, Mary Anne!
Your pup looks experienced in tooting… like she is choosing which one to use next!
I’d love to see the square ones in a tutorial as I don’t turn.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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