How to make a wooden boot jack

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A wooden boot jack allows people to remove their boots without using their hands. It consists of a shaped board, standing on a support to raise it off the ground. You lodge the heel of the boot below a curving V-shaped notch. You hold down the back of the board with your other foot.

You can then pull your leg out of the lodged boot.

Cut a piece of wood 40 cm (16 inches) x 20 cm (8 inches) for the board. MTW Projects suggests using 19 mm (3/4 inch) lamwood -- a shortened name for laminated wood. However, pine is also acceptable and other softwoods. Many hardwoods are also suitable too. The National Trust favours hardwood boot jacks. Though more expensive to make, a hardwood boot jack will usually last longer. Further, the cost difference is negligible for a small project like this.

Place a ruler along one of the 20 cm (8 inches) edges. Mark points 25 mm (1 inch) in from each corner. These will be the start points of the boot jack notch. California Agriculture Education’s boot jack project has the notch cut at 1 inch (25 mm) from the edges of the board.

Think of these as points A and B. Draw a line across the board 10 cm (4 inches) from the same end. Find and mark the centre point of this line. This is point C. Join point A to point C. Join point B to point C.

Cut along the A to C line and the B to C line with a tenon saw. A triangle of wood will fall away. Use a half round bastard wood rasp to make the neck of the “V” semi-circular. This looks more ornate and the shape will have better grip around the rounded heel of a boot.

Cut another piece of wood 7.5 cm (3 inches) x 20 cm (8 inches) for the stand. Attach this to the board with two screws, 13 cm (5 inches) from the V-shaped end. This is in accordance with advice given by MTW Projects.