Man Shower Mallet

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Project by Eddie posted 331 days ago 2416 views 20 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Wife’s family has a tradition, called the Man Shower.

It is the masculine equivalent to a bridal shower.
Men, in support of the groom, gather, grill meat, compete in manly games such as target shooting or flint/magnesium fire starting, and most important of all give gifts to the Groom.

Now there are rules to the gifts one brings to a Man Shower:
-It must belong in the garage, wilderness, or shop
-It must be wrapped…you CANNOT use wrapping paper
-No cards allowed
-No thank you cards allowed from the Groom.

Typically, a wedding is filled with gifts for the kitchen or bedroom… a man needs tools.
The goal is to get the groom a good start on his way to taking care of a home.

My cousin is getting married in a couple weeks, so his Man Shower was last weekend.
The house was in the suburbs so the games were slightly modified. We used a crossbow, and throwing knives to target shoot (neighborhoods dont typically like the sound of guns), and competed in the speed in which we could begin a fire using a striker and magnesium.

This was the first mallet I had ever attempted and it was a really fun project. I “wrapped” it in a quick box with hand cut dovetails with a sliding top that reveals the mallet nestled in plane shavings.

Mallet is made from Walnut and Ash

Here are a few pics of the build.

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#1 posted 331 days ago

Nice looking mallet, and great way to present it… Enjoy the man shower, sure he will get a good amount of use out of the new mallet… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#2 posted 331 days ago

Neat mallet there! And i love the idea of the man shower haha sounds awesome..

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 331 days ago

I like the mallet you built. Really neat. I would think that back in the day I still would of enjoyed the traditional bachelor party. ha ha Well done.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#4 posted 331 days ago

Fine tradition you’ve got going there. Great work.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#5 posted 331 days ago

Sounds like a great day. Well done with the mallet and box.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 331 days ago

I especially like the wood shavings to line the box.

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#7 posted 330 days ago

Cool tradition. What are the balls in the circle cut outs?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#8 posted 330 days ago

Thanks guys, it was nice to try a project that didnt take more than a few short evenings.

@ToddJB – I added bb’s to the head for weight. I also left a little play in th ebb’s to act as a deadblow mallet and dampen rebound (theoretically) I didnt have the guts to whack anything with it to try.

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#9 posted 330 days ago

Interesting. I wonder what she would sound like with those in there?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#10 posted 330 days ago

Nice mallet and “wrapping/box”, and perfect for a great tradition!

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

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#11 posted 330 days ago

Now THAT is a tradition I could get into. When I got married there not a single man oriented gift.

Cool mallet

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#12 posted 330 days ago

BBs bah humbug you cannot even own a BB gun these days in Aust let alone be able to buy the BBs as well.

Nothing stopping you going around clubbing people with a very nice mallet though.

Could you imagine the autopsy report, death was a result of getting hit by a mass of banned BBs!

-- Regards Robert

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#13 posted 330 days ago

excellent job on the mallet!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#14 posted 330 days ago

You be nice with that mallet now you here? :)


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#15 posted 330 days ago

That is just awesomeness in a box right there. Love it!

-- Steve

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