Make a Bird Whistle





Introduction: Make a Bird Whistle

About: Hi I am Dutch and live in Sweden. I love to create things in my little woodshop.

In 2013 made Steve Ramsey a whistle. He got this idea in his turn from Carmen Salamone. You can check out how Steve Ramsey (a very happy man with many fine woodworking ideas) made the whistle in this video

I changed his concept in a bird. A bird whistle…….

Step 1: This Is What You Need

- 3 pieces scrap lumber, I used birch 1 is 2cm ¾ inch, the thinner parts are about 0.5 cm

- wood glue

- Steve Ramsey free template which you can get here

- drill

- foster bit (I used 7/8 inch)

- bead

- band saw or scroll saw

- knife

- sand paper

- clamps

- pencil

- pen

- varnish

Step 2: Ok There We Go: Glue the Template

Look at Steve’s film this will make it easier for you to understand this instructables. Glue the template on your 2 cm piece. If you want to make a bird whistle change the template into a bird.

Step 3: Drill the Hole

Clamp your pieces on the drill table and drill the whole with a 7/8 foster bit.

Step 4: Cut Out Your Whistle

Cut out your whistle.

Start with the “body”, then the tiny opening on the top and at last the top. Remove your template.

Step 5: Glue and Cut Out the Sizes

Glue the templates or your own template on the 2 thinner plates and cut out with your scroll saw. These pieces can you cut out in a bigger shape.

Step 6: Nearly Done

Glue the 2 sides on both sizes of the whistle. Take a bead put it in the hole before you place the upperpart on your whistle. Now comes the most difficult part: to get some sound. You have to have patience and try again and again, but in the end you will succeed. Mark where you have to glue the upperpart remove it and glue it back.

Step 7: Sand and Carve

Sand the outside and mark the “body” of the whistle. Carve the bird and sand the whistle smooth.

Apply varnish in the end.

Step 8: Make Noise and Enjoy!

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Runner Up in the
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Runner Up in the
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First Prize in the
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39 Discussions

Thank you for your nice comment!

Congratulations on being a finalist in the make noise contest

Congratulations on being a finalist in the Wooden Toys Challenge!

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Superb, very nice design and so simple, obvious.
You demonstrate well that simplicity is the ultimate sofistication.
Thank you

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Thank you for your kind comment !

As I recall, if you put a dried pea in the cavity, it should produce s bird-like 'warble'.

I will definitely make thise for the grandkids (this may not be my most popular decision).

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I made a Little video so that you can hear how it sounds.

I believe that's what the bead placed inside this version of the whistle is for. :)


1 year ago

Thanks for that inspiration Amaries. I'm just wondering if the inside cavity was modified to be smaller if it could be a dog whistle? I could envision an image of my dog instead of a bird on it. Maybe not. I sure like your design.

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What a great idea. send. It would be nice with a picture when you are done.

Simple and elegant, and a great take on Mr. Ramsey's whistle. Well done! :)

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Thank you for the compliment Seamster!

I will do this with my grade 7 woodworking class! Very nice 'Ible!