***Cold Steel used to make a battle mace, but it is discontinued. I saw one recently on eBay for over $50. This is my attempt at a homemade version.
Step 1: Safety FIRST
Protect yourself. I use safety glasses, hearing protection (around power tools) and work gloves at a bare minimum.
Step 2: Gather Materials and Tools
- tin can
- concrete mix
- 1/2" by 1-1/2" bolts, lock washers and nuts (12 each)
- metal pipe
- wooden handle
- spray paint (optional)
- misc screws
- power drill and bits
Step 3: Prepare the Tin Can
- Layout your pattern (I chose three rows of four bolts each...AKA "The Rind Buster")
- Drill some pilot holes (Take care as the tin can is not very strong at this point)
- Drill 1/2" holes
- File off any metal shavings
- Insert bolts and tighten nuts
Step 4: Cut Pipe Sleeve
- Cut pipe sleeve to length (4" above the top of the can, mine is 8-1/2" overall)
- Drill holes in the bottom of the pipe (for anchor screw)
- Insert screw
Step 5: Add Concrete to the Head Assembly
- Mix the concrete (Mix more than you think you need. I chose a drier mix to increase my chances of having stronger concrete after curing. It was the consistency of peanut butter.)
- Insert the pipe sleeve into the tin can. Center the sleeve.
- Add concrete in layers; packing down with pencil.
- Cure concrete (I placed a damp rag over the exposed concrete and put the entire assembly inside a plastic grocery bag. Total cure time was 3 days.)
- Paint assembly (OLIVE DRAB GREEN. It's good enough for a Sherman tank, it's good enough for a watermelon smasher.)
Note: The completed head assembly weighs 5 lbs.
Step 6: Connect Head Assembly to Handle
- Cut handle to length (This is a matter of personal preference; I chose 28" overall.) I repurposed a broken shovel handle.
- Insert the handle into assembly and secure with a lag screw.
Step 7: Smashing Time!
- Stronger alternative then a tin can. Steel pipe or wood block?
- This version is pretty heavy (the head assembly weighs 5 lbs.) I would like to make a shorter, one-handed version that weighs less than 2 lbs.
Thanks for viewing. Fire away with any questions or comments.