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:
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Things you need
- 3-inch x 3/4-inch x 3/4-inch piece of wood
- 5/16-inch lip and spur drill bit
- Sharp knife
- Dowel rod
- Hand saw
- Wood glue
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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