Train/Steamboat Whistle

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Project by jbschutz posted 01-27-2012 01:31 AM 2946 views 9 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Grandson, Kaler, got a train set for Christmas, and I figured that he really ought to have a good four-note whistle to drive his parents nuts. So, after a little research, I found a workable plan and made a couple of them. Both whistles are made of poplar, 1.5×1.5 inches square; one is about 8.3 inches long and the other, about 6.5 inches. Each has 4 half inch holes drilled to different depths down the length. The long one has holes of 4,5,6,7 inches, and the shorter whistle has 3,4,5,6 inches. After the side openings are cut, the holes are plugged with dowels. leaving about 1/3 of the hole open. The dowels are recessed into the opening about 1/8 inch and the mouth piece added. The recess allows the air to enter the mouth piece and be channelled to all four holes.
I just had to do a little art work on them….just a fine point Sharpie and sealed with poly.
The sound is wonderful on both of them, and I can hardly wait to give one to my grandson.

Drawing and instructions at:

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 01-27-2012 01:54 AM

Grandparents are God’s punishment for having been a loud, annoying child. But also, God’s gift to grandchildren. Fantastic present, I would be delighted to receive one from my grandfather. They look great! Excellent instructions, too, I will have to make some for my nephew. :D

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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#2 posted 01-27-2012 02:26 AM

That’s a special toy and lots of fun as long as the blow it at home not at gram and gramps house .LOL

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#3 posted 01-27-2012 03:12 AM

Great looking whistles! I have been thinking of making one of these for a while now.

Oh yea, Nice to meet another Schutz, My father’s J.A.Schutz :)

-- Tony

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#4 posted 01-27-2012 04:14 PM

Nice job!

Love the art work—Thanks


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#5 posted 01-28-2012 11:27 PM

Nice design and I would like a sketch with instructions for it .
A very nice project I would love to make with my grandsons .and then send them home with them.

-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 06-25-2012 08:20 PM

Great project to make with the kids. You did a beautiful job on the artwork as well. Well done!

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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