So with the heart of winter on the way, its time to break out those winter boots. But taking off those boots can be a real hassle when your fingers are cold, your boots are covered in snow and dirt, and you just simply don't want to have squat down and find a way to pull them off. A boot jack is simple solution that's easy to make and with Christmas coming around it makes a great DIY gift for friends and family.
Step 1: Supplies
The supplies for a boot jack are fairly simple and can be switched in and out to satisfy what supplies you have laying around the house.
For my version I used
Step 2: Lever Construction
To build the lever part that will be removing the boot, I used a 1x4 board. First measure out to the desired length I used 1' 2" (1 foot, 2 inches), but you can use whatever length you want. Next I wanted to cut out the U shape that will help to get a grasp on the boot regardless of size, I just used a round object then traced it. I then took it over to my Band saw where I made some relief cuts first then cut the U shape out. If you don't have a band saw or want to try something simpler a V shape will work just as well. After I cut out the notch I sanded it down a bit; as a band saw never cuts perfect.
Step 3: Base Plate Construction
To build the base plate part I used a 2x4 as it has more support than 1x4 would. Technically for this part we should use Pythagorean theorem to calculate the correct height and angle, but I just finished semester exams and was not really in the mood for math so I just eyeballed it but I supplied a diagram that I think should work if you do the math.
Step 4: Assemble Boot Jack
Now that you have a lever and base plate we can screw the two together. I used a nail to hold the two together while I drilled the holes. After I drilled the holes I used the boring bit so I would be able to hide he screws a little bit, I later filled the screw holes with Liquid nails as well. You want the base plate to be level with the ground so you may need to add a shim to allow this to happen. I just filled in the space with some liquid nails as you can see in the picture. Now that the assembly is finished you can add some unique touches such as a stain or line the notch with leather.
Step 5: Reap the Rewards
Now you can easily remove your boots on the way indoors and not have to worry about tracking mud inside. This is my first instructable so I hope it is not too vague and I hope you enjoy it.