# Do-It-Yourself Wooden Boot Jack - do it yourself

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

Tools

• Power Drill or Hammer (Handheld screw driver if your feeling lucky)
• Drill Bit
• Miter Saw or Band or Saw (Miter box if your feeling lucky)
• Measuring Tape
• Boring Bit (Optional)
• Drill Press (Helpful, but Optional)
• Sandpaper (Optional)

Supplies

• 2x4
• 1x4
• Screws or Nails
• Liquied Nails or Wood Glue or some kind of caulking (Optional)

## 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.

• Cut board to desired length
• Draw U or V shape in board
• Cut out notch
• sand down notch

## 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.

• Cut angle into 2x4
• Sand down if desired

## 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.

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