How to Make Wood Whistles

Written by amy kingston
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A wood whistle is made from a small piece of wood that is hollowed out. Some adults may remember making this type of whistle as a child. Making a wood whistle is a project suitable for Cub Scouts. Children can learn basic woodworking skills while creating something that is both useful and entertaining. Young children can complete this project with a small amount of assistance.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 3-inch x 3/4-inch x 3/4-inch piece of wood
  • Drill
  • 5/16-inch lip and spur drill bit
  • Sharp knife
  • Dowel rod
  • Sandpaper
  • Hand saw
  • Wood glue

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  1. 1

    Drill a hole measuring 2 5/8 inch through the centre of the length of the wood piece using a drill and a 5/16-inch lip and spur drill bit.

  2. 2

    Cut a wedge in the wood piece. Use a sharp knife to make a 3/8-inch deep cut ½ inch from the end. Hold the knife at a 45-degree angle and cut downward to the end of the first cut to remove a triangular wedge from the top of the whistle.

  3. 3

    Sand a dowel rod with a piece of sandpaper to make a flat edge on one side. Insert the dowel rod into the end of the whistle. Push the dowel rod inside the hole until it reaches the wedge. Use a hand saw to cut the dowel where it exits the whistle.

  4. 4

    Glue the dowel rod into place. Remove the rod and place a thin bead of wood glue along the rounded side. Place it back into the hole and allow it to dry.

  5. 5

    Sand the whistle to smooth the wood and round off the mouthpiece.

Tips and warnings

  • Adjust the dowel rod if the whistle does not work properly.
  • Attach a PVC ring to the back of the whistle with glue to make a neckerchief slide.
  • Adult supervision is recommended.

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