Boot Jacks are tools used to remove a boot without using your hands or bending over. They are useful for those who have trouble standing on one foot unsupported, those that do not have the arm strength to pull boots off by hand, and to remove dirty boots without using your hands. Making a boot jack is an excellent project for those with little woodworking experience because it takes only basic tools and requires no special cuts. Use it as a project for first-year woodworking students in 4H or shop class.
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Fork-Limb Boot Jack
A fork-limb boot jack is made from a forked tree limb and a small scrap of 1-by-1 inch or 1-by-2-inch lumbers. Select a green hardwood branch from a tree with a "Y" shape similar to the size and shape needed for a slingshot. The fork of the branch should be roughly 7 inches deep, and the stem should be about 9 inches long. Nail the forked branch to a small block of lumber no more than 1 inch wide. It should be nailed immediately behind the fork.
Cut Lumber Boot Jack
A boot jack can be made from cut lumber. Cut a 2-by-4 board to a length of 26 inches. Cut out a notch 7 inches deep from one end. The notch can be either "V" or "U" shaped. A "V" shape is an easier cut for a beginning woodworker. Glue a piece of sandpaper 3 ½ inches wide and 9 inches long to the top of the board to create a non-skid pad. Nail a 1-inch wide section of 2-by-4 board on the bottom of the board just behind the notch so that the boot jack will sit at an angle. Drill a hole through the end of the board to make a nail hole for hanging the book jack on the wall beside the door.
Collapsible boot jacks are designed to take up less space for easy storage. Make a boot jack according to the standard cut lumber boot jack design. The boot jack should then be cut down the centre across the width or down the length. Attach hinges on each side of the cut to reattach the lumber. This joint will allow the boot jack to be folded in half.
The open side boot jack is similar to the cut lumber boot jack, except for the notch design. Rather than cutting a "V" or "U" out of the end of the board, cut a "C" out of the right side of the board. The "C" should be 7 inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide. Attach a block on the bottom of the board and a non-skid plate just as you would with other designs.
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