Spider Getter

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Project by TZH posted 02-22-2015 10:14 PM 1244 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Quite awhile back, I shared some what we call “caveman mallets” here on LJ’s. One that wasn’t included in that mix was this one. It was a special request from a friend in OR (where we saw these in the first place in a shop in Bend, OR that inspired us) who wanted a spider getter for her arachnophobic brother.

For anyone else considering doing these for friends and family, or anyone else for that matter, they make great gag gifts and are not only pretty easy to “throw together”, but they’re also kinda fun to do.

This one, as you can see from the photos, is made from beetle kill pine. I’ve made them from juniper, too. The materials often times are taken from our “slash” piles right here on the property.

It stands almost exactly 12” from the end of the haft to the bottom of the mallet head. Slogans are limited only to one’s sarcastic imaginations.

Upon request, I routed with a dremel the wording and the squished spider image so my Buddy would take comfort in knowing this one had “already” seen some use. All were darkened to make them visible by using a Sharpie pen.

A small hole was drilled through the end of the haft, and a rawhide strip was threaded through to allow it to be hung where my Buddy could get to it quickly (it’s my understanding he has, in fact, actually used it).

Anyway, fun project.
Thanks for looking.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#1 posted 02-22-2015 11:08 PM

I believe you got it covered with this one! This is a great gift and you did a good job on the routing too.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 02-23-2015 02:48 AM

I really hate spiders. Not as much as I hate snakes, but in the same category.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 02-23-2015 03:55 AM

Spiders aren’t so bad, as long as you acknowledge that if you try to shake hands with them while you’re not looking, you could get hurt. You have to have your wits about you, with mother nature. I was working under my car recently (last August). The car had been sitting awhile, and some spiders had moved in on it. I was at the steering box, and felt a tickle on my face, which terminated in my hair. I slid out from underneath, and combed the little bugger out of my hair and stepped on it. It was just one of those little ones that jump around a lot. I wasn’t afraid of it, but it had invaded my car and my hair, and got what it deserved for that.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 02-23-2015 05:48 PM

That should do the job!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 02-23-2015 08:10 PM

Awesome, I need to make one of these for the wife…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 02-24-2015 05:25 AM

I gotta get one of these for the wife, except with a loooooonger handle.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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