One of my favorite pastimes is building furniture. I've built bedroom sets for every member of my immediate family. The only problem is I haven't had the time or set-up lately to do woodworking projects.
Recently I got the bug to do something creative - besides study for my MBA classes all night, 'cause that gets old - and talked my wife into a couple craft projects. I figure if the project includes wood, cutting, gluing, sanding, painting, screwing, burning ... you get the picture, it's a manly project. And if not, who cares? I enjoy the creative outlet. (Maybe one of these times I'll tell you about the puff-quilt I made when I was in college.)
The two projects had very utilitarian purposes:
Second - To create an annual family birthday and anniversary calendar for our extended family. We made magnets with everyone's name and the date they were born, then put them in one of the 12 boxes created on the magnet board to represent months of the year. I've also seen these birthday calendars made with the person's picture under the glass. My wife then created the months with her plethora of scrapbooking materials. She and my sister-in-law enjoyed creating the labels for each month.
Although we haven't painted the chore magnet board completely - we plan to paint and make it very colorful - I've included a photo of the product to-date. I'll add a photo of the finished product when it's done.
I don't think in our day and age one sex can lay claim to any type of work or project. And I think it takes a real man - comfortable with his manhood - to work on craft projects with his wife for the organization, enjoyment and betterment of his family.
Update - September 2012
The magnetic chore chart has now been painted, thanks to the very talented Grandma Codella. Here's a photo of the finished product.