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« on: December 28, 2012 12:37:03 PM »

 Smiley  I made a bootjack today!  It was a heckofa process, since I could not find my power saw and ended up rubbing soap on an old fashioned saw to make it flow better.
Then I finally found my power saw, but insanely chose for the small base piece an old cutting board. I swear, the saw went one millimeter per minute across that board and it took all day to cut that small lower piece!
Anyhoo, here is the jack, finished, and it works like a dream.


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If enuf folks respond, I would be happy to develop a tute. This is the first bootjack I have seen on here and winter certainly requires 'em!!
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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2013 12:04:36 PM »

Can you please explain what a bootjack is? Right now to me I just see a pair of pretty wooden pants  Wink

edit; nvm I looked it up! though it still looks like pretty wood pants. hehehe.
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2013 06:49:00 AM »

ha  ha!!  A boot jack is not used much any more, so it is no wonder folks don't know what it is....  You step on the plain end and the bit of wood underneath the jack causes the notched end to go up ... sort of like a teeter totter. Then you stick your boot heel into the notch and pull your foot out of the boot ... the notch holds your boot while your foot comes out nice and easy-like. Remove boot from notch, do same with other foot.  Saves back-bending and tugging. A real time saver, too. I have made them with kids before in an after-school projects group and they LOVED learning to use the saw and hammer. They got to paint theirs in wild colors.
Thanks for the comment....
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2013 07:21:01 AM »

That's a much more attractive boot jack than the awful plastic ones for sale these days. DH made me a new timber one last winter because I've misplaced my original one in one of our moves <sigh>. My first one was a very attractive timber one.
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