Metal Lathe Orientation: Whistle

Metal Lathe Orientation: Whistle

This introductory class will instruct students on how to set up the metal lathe to machine the body of their very own whistle made of aluminum! Students will also use the Dayton Mill/Drill to drill their whistle’s sound hole, as well as files and Foredom flex shaft for creating the whistle insert (directs air over the sound hole).

Rachel Schutt

Great For

  • ​​Ages 18+

  • Beginners interested in machining

  • Prototyping

Skills Toolbox

  • ​How to use a digital read out (DRO)

  • Finding “zero” off of your work piece to begin a cut

  • Changing and locking down cutting tools

  • Drilling with the tailstock

Tool Clearances

(Idea Foundry workshop members who have taken this class are cleared for independent use of these tools in the shop. Learn more about membership here.)

  • Metal Lathe

  • Foredom

Pairs Well With

If you're interested in machining, we suggest checking out the Milling Machine Orientation: Carbon Steel Clip class too!

Plan Your Visit

All materials and safety equipment supplied.  Students are required to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants to participate, and sturdy footwear (e.g. tennis shoes or boots) is recommended. Plan to arrive for class about 10-15 min early and check in at the front desk.  Our main entrance is on State Street, with parking lot entrance on State St. as well. IF parking and street parking available.


Idea Foundry Member - $65

Non Member - $80

Upcoming Dates

  • APRIL 11 | 6:30-9:30PM (2 Spots Left)
  • APRIL 23 | 6:30-9:30PM (1 Spots Left)
  • MAY 11 | 12-3PM (2 Spots Left)
  • MAY 14 | 6:30-9:30PM (3 Spots Left)