Slide Whistles

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-08-2022 06:06 PM 749 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are couple slide whistles I made for the great granddaughters. They are 1” diameter and 8” long and made from walnut and maple. They have a 1/2” bore and the slides have heads on the inside to keep them contained so they cannot get lost from the main body. They are finished with Danish oil and Behandla kitchen utensil finish and buffed and waxed. The Danish oil buffs up much better than the Behandlla. I found that they have changed the Behandla finish to be water based and it raised the grain a lot on the one finished with it.The old product was a whole lot better. I would not recommend it any more!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 05-08-2022 06:12 PM

very cool jim but as with anything that makes noise make sure they take em home and keep em there-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 05-08-2022 06:33 PM

Cool Whistles, Jim! Bet Mom and Dad are thrilled :^)

Question- is the maple insert round or square?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 05-08-2022 07:10 PM

Very nice, Jim! Any great-grandsons you’ll need to make drums for to round out the orchestra?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 05-08-2022 07:13 PM

There will be somr noisy playing… Hehehe

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 05-08-2022 09:43 PM

Cool whistles. The way you present them may have a lot about how you like the Kid of yours that is parent to the Grandgirls.

On one hand you could give them to the kids at 9PM after spending the day with them feeding them sugary treats, then send them back to Mom & Dad. Or not.

I bet you are the favorite Grandpa.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 05-08-2022 09:51 PM

That’s one cool project. I know you made them as dog whistles. Just kidding.

How did you figure out how to make them whistle?

Thanks for the heads-ups on the Behandle. I stopped using water based finishes when I applied them on a fine sanded piece.

It turned it into a porcupine. Back to the sanding again. Lucky it only does that on the first coat.

Was that your experience with the water based finish?

-- James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 05-08-2022 10:44 PM

+1 on being #1 Granddad!

If you son/daughter ever irritate you, you can follow Dave’s suggestion. At the dinner table ask the grandkids if they want drum sets 8^)

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#8 posted 05-08-2022 11:18 PM

Thanks you all for the interested comments.

hi Lew, the insert (reed) is 1/2” round with a flat sanded on it. You have to experiment with how big of a flat sounds best.

Hi Dave, no grandsons or great grandsons..only girls. It would be more interesting in the shop with grandsons!!!

Hi Steve. I try to have a surprise for them every time they come over. I did not post the dishes and the back scratchers that were made a week ago…more surprises!!

Hi James. I watched this video among others to get going on them. :
The one whistle was rough like sandpaper after Behandla. I have 2 quarts and I don’t think I use any more.

Hi Bruce, they are going home with them!!!!!!!!! They drive my wife crazy with the high pitch.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 05-09-2022 12:54 AM

Nicely done Jim, and a wonderful idea to have small gifts around for the grandkids.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#10 posted 05-09-2022 12:56 AM

Jim, they look really cool and I reckon the noise would be pretty loud.
Good thing they are going home with the kids.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#11 posted 05-09-2022 01:03 AM

Jim, I’ve actually got a request from a gal to stop by my shop on a semi-regular basis to pick my brain. Don’t give up on them just because they’re wearing pink.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 05-09-2022 02:10 AM

Spring is here in the north, cold as it is.. This was the time of the year we always made slide whistles from willow branches.
By taking a straight piece, tapping the outside with a knife to loosen the bark, slide the wood out. cut the end off, shave the top off the mouth piece to let air through, notch most likely was done first. slide the long wood in and whistle away.
Nice project, will have to make a professional one someday.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 05-09-2022 03:08 AM

EXCELLENT!!!! The Kids will love them …..They will Blow and Whistle them all day.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#14 posted 05-09-2022 11:37 AM

That’s a nice design Jim.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#15 posted 05-09-2022 12:17 PM

Those look cool Jim. I bet the high pitch can drive you crazy. Remembering when I made a super train whistle for the grandson, he didn’t have enough air to work it and everyone laughed. Two years later no one was laughing, just annoyed.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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