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Does anyone remember having one of these???

I used to make these as a kid. I would find some metal band strapping and cut a length approximately 4 inches. Next you fold it so the holes in the strapping line up in the middle and clean up the edges. It’s only about 1 ¾” long and ¾” wide. I found one in a junk box of old stuff from when I was a kid and it still works like a champ. Why wouldn’t it though….it’s made of steel. So I got to thinking. I wonder if I can make one out of wood. The first one I made I used Walnut. It works great!

Then I thought surely I could make one that was pretty so I used Bodark (Bois D’Arc, Osage Orange, Hedge Apple). The pieces are so thin I wanted to use hardwood. It works great too!

Next I thought I’d go for it. I cut small strips of Walnut, Bodark and Mesquite and glued them together. I made several, alternated them and glued them together to make a checkerboard pattern then cut the pieces I need and put them together. Once again…It works great!!

Initially I learned the top and bottom had to be very thin, but sturdy. The hole in the middle needs to be around an 1/8” to 3/16”. If it’s too small or too big it doesn’t work as well.

Do you know what it is yet??

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.





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BrentB

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#1 posted 06-09-2021 08:58 PM

After 140 views I haven’t gotten a single guess so I’m going to answer my own question. These are whistles and they are very loud!!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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BB1

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#2 posted 06-10-2021 01:13 AM

Glad you provided the answer – I had no idea.

Look great. Fun project.

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#3 posted 06-10-2021 01:18 AM

Not sure… Bull Roarer?

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Underdog

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#4 posted 06-10-2021 02:07 AM

I’ve never seen a whistle like this.

I can’t even figure out how it works.

Perhaps you could supply us with a diagram?

Would perforated plumber’s strap work?

EDIT:
Here's a video on how to make one out of banding strap. (I still don’t get how it works though.)

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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BrentB

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#5 posted 06-10-2021 01:30 PM



Not sure… Bull Roarer?

- MrWolfe

Actually that’s a pretty good guess. I can see how you might think that, but a bullroarer is much bigger. I should have placed a quarter next to one to give it some scale.

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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BrentB

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#6 posted 06-10-2021 01:37 PM



I ve never seen a whistle like this.

I can t even figure out how it works.

Perhaps you could supply us with a diagram?

Would perforated plumber s strap work?

EDIT:
Here s a video on how to make one out of banding strap. (I still don t get how it works though.)

- Underdog

Great job Jim. If you stop the video at 7:49 you’ll see how to hold the whistle. You put it in your mouth just like that. You press your tongue gently between the top and bottom of the whistle. The whistle is far enough in your mouth that your top and bottom lip slide past the center hole.

When you get good at blowing this whistle it’s extremely loud. It’s like the whistle you hear at a sporting event from across the stadium. You don’t whistle a tune with this thing….you get someone’s attention from a long ways off!!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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BrentB

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#7 posted 06-10-2021 02:02 PM

Here is another good video about this whistle. At the 1:30 mark you can clearly see this guy using the whistle. At the 2:50 mark he describes how to use the whistle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fSm6O4PvTU

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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BrentB

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#8 posted 06-10-2021 03:05 PM



I ve never seen a whistle like this.

I can t even figure out how it works.

Perhaps you could supply us with a diagram?

Would perforated plumber s strap work?

EDIT:
Here s a video on how to make one out of banding strap. (I still don t get how it works though.)

- Underdog

Hi Jim….I forgot to answer your question about perforated plumbers strap. Unfortunately the holes are too close together. The strap I used when I was a kid came from band strap used by the railroad. I guess it was old school strap. Certainly a little thicker. I’ve made some metal whistles recently using scrap metal. I cut the length and width, fold it and then drill the hole in the middle because I can’t find any of the old strap material I used to find.

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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Ocelot

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#9 posted 06-10-2021 08:30 PM

So are the wooden ones still two layers?

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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BrentB

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#10 posted 06-10-2021 08:38 PM



So are the wooden ones still two layers?

- Ocelot

Yes sir. It’s kind of hard to tell, but it’s built just like the steel one with one exception. The steel whistle is open opposite of the bent end because it’s so sturdy. The wooden whistles are supported on both ends to prevent it from breaking, but I was very happy to learn that it didn’t affect anything. These things are the loudest whistles I’ve ever heard. You can definitely get someone’s attention!!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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Ocelot

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#11 posted 06-11-2021 02:13 PM

I’ll make some!

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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BrentB

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#12 posted 06-11-2021 02:16 PM



I ll make some!

- Ocelot

Did you ever have a metal one growing up?

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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Ocelot

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#13 posted 06-11-2021 08:14 PM

No. I never saw such before you posted it.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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