A Simple Bootjack

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Project by skone posted 12-20-2010 03:09 PM 2399 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did this bootjack quick and dirty. I wouldn’t show it here if it weren’t for the fact that when i snooped around for research, there wasn’t much bootjack representation. So, while not an aesthetic triumph or example of fine execution, it functions perfectly. So I figured I would throw it in the mix in case anyone is looking to make one. I included an ‘action shot’, as I believe this was requested somewhere in my past readings. Also, I included the uncut shape with measurements penciled in. I am hoping when enlarged that it will be legible. If you can’t read it and really want to, email me and I’ll shoot you the pic at a nice resolution. However, it really is a simple machine that you can make at any practical size. This one is just over 14 inches and is 5 or 6 inches wide at its widest. This bootjack is made from glued up 2” hardwood because that’s what I found at the dump. I dowled and glued the fulcrum, sanded it and hit it with a coat of shellac. It’s now in service. Figure it’ll outlive me, too.

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#1 posted 12-20-2010 03:26 PM

I had to laugh — I forgot that I used scaled down photos when uploading. No way anyone’s reading ANY measurements on that last picture…

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#2 posted 12-20-2010 03:45 PM

I like your precession marker. :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 12-20-2010 03:54 PM

You like that, eh? Jamie, I’m broke but I’m not on to the crayons yet, man. Perhaps soon, though! That was for my camera as I was having trouble getting the autofocus to register.

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#4 posted 12-20-2010 04:20 PM

This just might be a Christmas present for my in-laws.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#5 posted 12-20-2010 08:07 PM

Ah, yes, precision woodworking with an emphasis on step 2. For the uninitated, it’s:

1) measure with a micrometer,
2) mark it chalk (in this case crayon which is even more precise), and
3) cut it with an axe.

Excellent example, skone.

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#6 posted 12-20-2010 08:24 PM

That would be an industrial boot puller and should last several lifetimes. I noticed with interest where you placed your fulcrum and wonder if that is a regional design. I live in southwest Montana and the ones we make here have the fulcrum nearer the hook for the boot so the hook part is always elevated. I like the wider shape of your hook because some of our winter boots/packs don’t fit into the hook on mine. I might have to make a new one. Thanks for posting.

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#7 posted 12-20-2010 10:48 PM

You might like to take a look at this one

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#8 posted 12-21-2010 12:43 AM

degoose – saw those. liked hearing the story on the original and your resulting collection. and you did a really nice job on them, too. very sharp. your fulcrum is quite a bit “taller”. elksniffer, the fulcrum on mine is a piece of oak i had laying around that was already cut to about the right width. i put it so far back so i could get those hooks up in the air at the angle i wanted. i suppose had i cut a nice thick chunk for the fulcrum i could have put up towards the front more. the rocking horse action doesn’t really bother me but it might eventually. like when i end up doing a face plant in the mudroom. i’ll post a photo if i rework it. and you got it—- that big hook shape is for the many pack boots that go in and out of our house…

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#9 posted 12-21-2010 04:13 PM

That’s cool. Going in my to do list.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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