Walnut Horse Boot Jack

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Project by spunwood posted 12-27-2010 05:04 AM 3995 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a boot jack inspired by skone.

It helps you removed your boots without mucking up your hands.

It was a last minute Christmas present for my in-laws made from walnut which came from a tree they had milled years ago. The wood has been sitting in their barn ever since.

My wife’s papa (grandpa) loaned us his bandsaw for this project.

First I ripped the 7+ wide wallnut on the tablesaw. Which could only rip 7”. So I then used one of those flexible Japanese double edged blades to cut the middle while Stephanie attempted to clamp it.

I rough cut the horse with a coping saw and then Stephanie trimmed and evened him up with the bandsaw. I am afraid the first picture is at a bit of an angle and makes one of his ears look large.

I made the support block by raising the horse to the desired height and marking off on the wooden block the height and angle it needed. I cut that on the table saw, which meant loosing my homemade zero clearance insert. Alas, I will make one for miters, one for straight rips and crosscuts, and all will be well.

Stephanie sanded the horse…donkey? and gave the walnut a coat of Tung Oil. In a few weeks when it is dry, we will shellac him.


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

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 05:52 AM

Looks good. Should get the job done.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 07:26 AM

Awesome last minute save -it does not look last minute, it is practical (no white elephant) and beautiful!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 09:51 AM

Great Idea, and the recycled wood will give it special meaning.

-- RayCurtis

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#4 posted 12-27-2010 02:09 PM

Really a great idea, and what a fine finish.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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