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Projects For, and To, The Manly Man
#1
I am dedicating this thread to Tait, where he, and the rest of us, can post projects that definitely show one's manliness.

I'll start this off with a project that came in this morning from my Instructables email daily message. And this one is really neat, as well as a definite attention getter.

Man Crate (gift crate)


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NOTE: Tait, please let the other manly men over there know about this. But just link to it, and tell them to come here and post some more neat projects, ok? We can definitely use the business.
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#2
OK, here's a manly man activity.

Go out and tree a coon, then try and lasso the bad boy. My wife called me at work yesterday and said a coon was hanging around our carport, sort of acted sickly. I came home with a noose we use at work, we grabbed him and he let out a roar I've never heard and got his head out of the noose.

Scared me to death. I immediately told the guy with me, "f.ck this, let's shoot him" and we did. It's illegal to do inside the city, but, we shot him. That roar is uniquely scary to a candy as.s like me. I failed the manly man test.
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#3
Sounds like he was afflicted with something. Rabies is common among racoons. If it had bitten you, just think of all those wonderful shots you would have had to endure. You'd be a manly man then, without having a real choice in the matter. S5
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#4
Wildlife guy told me it was probably distemper. He was lethargic, not wild. Real weird acting. You ever heard one roar?
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#5
(01-18-2014, 04:02 PM)Palladin Wrote: OK, here's a manly man activity.

Go out and tree a coon, then try and lasso the bad boy. My wife called me at work yesterday and said a coon was hanging around our carport, sort of acted sickly. I came home with a noose we use at work, we grabbed him and he let out a roar I've never heard and got his head out of the noose.

Scared me to death. I immediately told the guy with me, "f.ck this, let's shoot him" and we did. It's illegal to do inside the city, but, we shot him. That roar is uniquely scary to a candy as.s like me. I failed the manly man test.

Been there done that, not the noose part. I am not that crazy. That scream is one you never forget. Definitely rabid. I remember putting two .45s an inch before its toes and it still did not want to move off.
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#6
I was shocked by that scream. We tried to get him in a noose cause it's illegal to shoot the gun in my city. We planned on taking him out in the county and then shooting him. After the scream, I was not worried about the cops.
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(01-18-2014, 06:18 PM)Palladin Wrote: After the scream, I was not worried about the cops.

No doubt!S3
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(01-18-2014, 06:08 PM)Palladin Wrote: Wildlife guy told me it was probably distemper. He was lethargic, not wild. Real weird acting. You ever heard one roar?

Never have.

Actually, there are two general manifestations to rabies. One is the 'furious' rabies you are thinking of. But there is also the 'dumb' rabies, where the victim exhibits paralysis, depression, and loss of fear. There is also a sense of disorientation and confusion overall, because the brain is affected.

Either way, not worth getting one's hands involved.
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(01-18-2014, 06:34 PM)John L Wrote:
(01-18-2014, 06:08 PM)Palladin Wrote: Wildlife guy told me it was probably distemper. He was lethargic, not wild. Real weird acting. You ever heard one roar?

Never have.

Actually, there are two general manifestations to rabies. One is the 'furious' rabies you are thinking of. But there is also the 'dumb' rabies, where the victim exhibits paralysis, depression, and loss of fear. There is also a sense of disorientation and confusion overall, because the brain is affected.

Either way, not worth getting one's hands involved.

Rabies or not, mine died from a rapid infusion of lead.
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#10
This one was acting just as you described, loss of fear.

I take my dogs out around 5:30 AM on workdays and this bad boy just comes sauntering towards my dog and I. Big dog starts his low growl and I started whistling at the thing, so he did stop. I threw some pine cones at him and we went in, I went to work.

Later, I get the wife's call and we're keeping a 2 year old right now. So, I headed straight to the house and he was sitting low in a tree in my front yard.

I can't describe that scream ,but, it scared me half to death. He didn't seem so sick then.
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#11
Ok, we need to get back on track here. This is a thread for projects that are manly, like the one at the beginning.


Here's another one that Tait can easily put together and look great in his next residence. Unlike the seashells in this one, he could place some of his handguns and ammunition under glass for everyone to admire. That way they could also be easy to reach, just in case..............S5

NEW LIVING ROOM PALLET TABLE

I just love all the great pallet ideas for primitive furniture.

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#12
Is "manly man" being used as a slight joke? S13

Pallets are so underrated for use in furniture projects, it is sad. If you look hard enough, you can find some are made from red oak that isn't of sufficient quality to sell for anything else, and so are used in making pallets. Clean them up, varnish them, and voila! you have a reasonably good looking piece of lumber to work with. I had a particular NCO who made an excellent Adirondack chair from a couple of pallets made of red oak. We have an excellent woodworking thread over at another forum, with several gentleman who turn wood on a lathe or are constructing/remodeling their homes with wood paneling among other things.

Myself, I can make things out of wood, but nothing worth posting. What I can do, with some skill, is craft leather. Holsters, knife sheaths, etc. When I get home, I will take some photos of my projects in the past and post them up. Leatherworking has proven to be fun and entertaining, plus it lends a certain feeling to using your own creation. Last time I made a sheath, I actually took photos of each stage I went through. I'll get them up in here later this week.

Another thing most people can do without it proving too daunting for the novice hobbyist is constructing their own knife. Tons of blade manufacturers sell blade blanks that only require a person to fit a handle to it. Helle, a renown knife company out of Norway, makes excellent knives that often run near $100. But if you just buy the blade itself, you can save at least half the price if not more by doing it yourself.

http://www.dryadbows.com/helleknives/BLADES/blades.htm

I have only made one thus far using the Helle "polar" blade style, and I cannot say it turned out that well. However, I was impatient and only wanted to created a small fixed blade fishing knife, or skinning knife for big game. It would have turned out way better had I added a finger guard and used the proper epoxy. I have plenty of antler at hand, so I may give another blade a whirl that I have sitting in my closet, which is a Helle "Turmann" style blade. With that, I want to try picking up different woods, carved to my taste and adding finger guards to future knives.

A lot of people keep expressing amazement that I actually have *projects* and other hobbies aside from the now ubiquitous video game/media entertainment. Sometimes, I feel like I am quite alone in this.
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#13
Tait, I'm having both a little fun at your expense, and also serious about manly projects. And like you, I love how many have been able to turn Pallets into heirlooms. Somehow I suspect that in the near future, with things about to crash around us, the lowly pallet will be naturally elevated in status.

I'll cover all this, and your post, much better tomorrow, because its late, and I'm off to "Sleepy-Town" as I say to Charlie at night. He knows exactly what "Sleepy-Town" means, and if he's in the living room, he will immediately trot into the bedroom, do a high jump into the bed, and immediately settle in for the night.
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#14
And here's one more manly project, that will fit almost anywhere.

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