Tutorials My Plans Shop Plans WOOD Magazine Plans Help Tips My Shop Tools Recalled Tool Directory Links Home   

Custom Search
Arthur Dollhouse Kit
Doll House woodworking plans.
Train Whistle! 
3/00 
"Featured Plan" 
Shot Glass Displaycase 
Shot Glass
Display Case
Pirate's Chest- free woodworking plans
Free Pirate
Chest Plans
Horse Stable woodworking plans 
Bink's Horse Stable
WHeelbarrow 
Bink's Lil Wheelbarrow


 
This was a fun project for my son and I! Both power tools or hand tools can be used, and the project can be completed in an evening, perfect for kids! For the smaller whistle, start with some scrap pine, 3/4" X 3/4" X 4 1/4" or so long. Different lengths will give different pitches.
 
Drill a 7/16" hole down the center 3 5/8"deep. We used a jig to hold the stock safely. Then over to the band saw to cut the notch. Next take a 7/16" dowel and cut it about 1 1/4" long, then flatten one site of it with a file. This is the part that makes the sound. Stick it in the hole flat side up to test the sound before gluing it there permanently.
 
We had to resize the dowel by spinning it in the drill press and sanding a little off so it fit the whistle snugly. We also had to refile the flat spot a few times to get the whistle to sound ok. When your satisfied with the sound, glue it in so the dowel is flush inside the whistle and still sticking out the end.
 
 
After the glue dries, you can cut the mouth piece, John does this on the scroll saw, then sand all the faces smooth. John also chamfered all the edges then decorated his whistle with markers!
 
So it took less than an hour to make this little whistle, and less than that to be sick of the noise!  My son was very proud of himself! This was a project that he didn't get board with and could play with instantly!  Click here to hear his whistle!
 
With simple whistle under our belts, we decided to get into the "Quad Train Whistle". We started again at the drill press but ran in 4 holes instead of 1. Also because of the length of the whistle and the bit, i didn't have enough clearance on my benchtop drill press. We started the holes with a 1/2" forstner bit.......
 
 
 
...and completed the holes with the hand drill at the vice. The holes are different depths for different tones, 4", 5", 6", and 7". We put tape on the drill bit to let us know how deep to go.
 
I needed to make a "V" block to hold the whistle at 45 degrees, to make these cuts. To make the V block, set your table saw blade at 45 degrees, and 
1-1/4" high. Then take a 12" pc of 2X4 and make the first pass, then flip the block and make the second pass. You end up with a groove that will hold your whistle at 45 degrees. 
 
Start out by making the "cheek" cut with your miter gauge set to 90. Then you can freehand the angle cuts (at right). 

My Plans!
Adirondack Chairs
Affordable shop-project plans
Bed Plans
Benches for Indoors
Benches for Outdoors
Bird Houses & Feeders
Boat Plans
Blanket Chests
Books, Instructional
Book Case Plans
Box Plans: Large
Box Plans: Small
Cane Plans
Christmas Plans
Clock Plans
Cradle Bearings
Decks, etc Plans
Desk Plans
Doll House Plans
Entertainment Center Plans
Flower Box Plans
Free Plans from U-Bild.com
Furniture Plans!
Furniture, Country Style
FurniturePlans.com
Garden Storage & sheds
Halloween Plans
Hunting and Fishing
Intarsia
Jewelry Box Plans
L & R Designs : Sheds, outdoor plans
Lathe Tools & Books
Lawn Ornaments
Music Box Plans
Musical Instrument Plans
Picnic Table Plans
Play Houses, Swingsets
Planters & Window Boxex
Projects for your shop.
Project Supplies
Replace your Bandsaw Tires!
Router Raizer
Sewing Table Plans
Shop Plans
Table Plans
Tooliday.com
Toy Boxes
Toy Plans @ Wood Magazine
Toy Plans... Lots more!
Train Plans
Trellis Plans
Walking Stick Plans
Wine & Kitchen Projects
Wheelbarrow Plans
Whirly Gigs / Weather Vanes & Wind Chimes
WOOD Magazine Plans I've used
WOOD Magazine New Plans & Ideas
Woodworkers Workshop

Next take 4  1/2"dia dowels cut to 3/4". Flatten on side with a file as before and pop them in the holes with the flat side to the outside, and flush to the notch! the dowels should be recessed 1/8" on the end. Test the tone and glue them in place
 
 
Click Here to listen to the  
Quad Whistle, it 
sounds like a real train!
We stuck finish nails in the flat spot to wedge the dowels while the glue dried. Next, clean up the dowel end so it's smooth,  cut 1/4" off the other end of the whistle, drill a 7/8" hole thru the center and glue it to the dowel end. This acts as sort of a manifold, distributing your wind to the 4 chambers.
 
Click here to purchase the Plans, only $5.95! 

 

Purchase by check? Email Me!

After your online purchase, you will be directed to this plans download page where you can get the plans right away!

If you don't get redirected, please Email Me! and I'll see that you get them.
 

 
Top Woodworking
 
        More Plans Down Here!  Visit Rockler.com - Woodworking Superstore!

Woodworking Plans

 

 

 
Free Catalog From Rockler Woodworking and Hardware!
First Name:
Last Name:
Address Line 1:
Address Line 2:
City:
State:
ZipCode:
Country:  
Other countries...
E-mail:
I'd also like to receive Rockler Email Exclusives 

 
 Home
 Recent Works
Help Tips
 My Plans
My Shop
Bink's Ride
Who's Bink?
Resources
Tool Recall
 Plans for your shop!
 Tool Directory
WOOD Magazine 
Plans
 Intarsia
Scroll Saw