Whomping bat

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Project by Eric_S posted 03-13-2011 10:08 PM 3029 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I occasionally am out of town on some weekends and my wife is at home with the dog. She feels safe with our dog and we live in a safe area, but she mentioned we needed to get a bat or something to keep by the bed just in case. I like guns but we don’t own any or want any in the house so this is the alternative.

Made this out of an extra Hard Maple leg blank I had that I thankfully didn’t need when making the nightstands. I tried out my wire burner and finished with a coat of BLO and some wax. It took about 4 hours for me to rough turn and shape it and I enjoyed it immensely.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#1 posted 03-13-2011 10:44 PM

all that’s left is to drill the end out and fill it with lead! works like a charm. nice work, thanks for sharing.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#2 posted 03-13-2011 10:48 PM

Nice job. Way back when I was in Jr. high, we weren’t allowed to make womping bats, but we were allowed to make “fish knockers”. Lots of creative energy went into this pursuit among the boys who I am sure never knocked a fish, but found lots of other great uses.

-- Jeff, CT - keep calm and make sawdust

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#3 posted 03-13-2011 11:07 PM

I keep an old ax handle behind my bedroom door for uninvited guests. I also have a wooden tire knocker laying around as a spare. Haven’t had to use them yet, but you never know.

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#4 posted 03-14-2011 12:14 AM

Fear and loathing in Indy.

May she NEVER swing THAT thing at me.

It looks lithe, nimble, lethal, and … perfectly aerodynamic.

In theory, though, dimpling the stock will give it better club head speed :-)

How about some lignum vitae batter’s donuts, to help her improve her swing ??

Very cool, and … unique :-)

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 03-14-2011 12:29 AM

Eric, that buddy will do some damage.

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#6 posted 03-14-2011 12:53 AM

Word to the wise:
Sleep with one eye open if your wife wants a whomping bat for her bedside

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#7 posted 03-14-2011 01:25 AM

Scott lol!

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#8 posted 03-14-2011 01:53 AM

I hope you do not consider this any type of protection for your spouse, If you are absolutely against firearms and training her to use them, I would recommend wasp spray and trying it out in the yard to see how it works. It is very good deterrent from yards away. I personally think it is better than mace. Beware that you will hear from some that it is to cruel, That it may cause damage to the poor pitiful person who was trying to rob or rape you. Another thing to know is that I have made many similar bats, the most useful one was used by my grandkids as a small baseball bat

-- My favorite projects were firewood bound

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#9 posted 03-14-2011 03:36 AM

A squirt gun full of ammonia is probably a lot more effective. The idea may sound good, but when you face real criminals, if they are that close, you are taken by surprise, it will probably be used against you or her. You may not like firearms, but my daughter saved herself just having it in her hand. Did not have to fire a shot.,

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 03-14-2011 03:47 AM

i would go with an alarm system keep the bat and ether spray for backup.

-- I started off with nothing I have most of it left

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#11 posted 03-14-2011 03:48 AM

It’s probably important to understand that … Eric’s home is also protected by a bona fide Ninja.

-- -- Neil

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#12 posted 03-14-2011 01:54 PM

This was more of just a fun project. 1) We wouldn’t be taken by surprise due to our amazing and uninterruptable alarm system, our dog, Ninja. A 50lb chow chow/black lab with a seriously vicious look and bark :) 2) we live next door(10ft) to a police officer 3) We always lock our doors and windows…ALWAYS Always always, same for our backyard fence doors(raised outside of Washington DC) and car doors. Topamax, I never said I didn’t like firearms, infact I said I like guns. I occasionally shoot them with some buddies in their family farm fields. I just dont like them in my house and neither does she due to our own personal reasons, thats all end of story.

For all of you who seem to be concerned, no this is not our only protection. Its more for her peace of mind than anything and a fun weekend project for me. Like i said, we have a Ninja guarding our property. Good luck getting by him without us knowing, seriously. By that time we’d already be out of bed by the doors or windows or wherever he tells us to look at and the cops would have been called and they would have already been scared away by us waving big shiny knives and bats lol. Have a good day.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#13 posted 03-14-2011 03:48 PM

Whether you intend to use it or not, I like the idea. And if you have kids, they might find it entertaining too.

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#14 posted 03-14-2011 03:50 PM

Thanks Rob. We will be probably in about a year :)

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#15 posted 03-15-2011 05:37 AM

This is pretty neat! I like the handle design.

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