The wet winter months usually mean a return to more sturdy footwear for gardening, and quite often a return to not-so-stylish muddy platform heels!
I wouldn’t describe ourselves as being particularly house proud, in fact with the number of children, chickens and a messy collie dog, its like shovelling snow in a snowstorm trying to keep the place tidy. We do however try to avoid traipsing in half the garden on the bottom of wellies and the like and this is where these two for the projects come into play.
Both are very simple, very easy to make and cost pratically nothing! The boot scraper is a pleasantly rustic design built of a log from the wood pile and a roof slate, both appearing for free in the garden following the recent high winds blasting in from the Berwyns. The boot pull, or boot jack is an age old idea yet one that is seldom seen in a average porchway, surprising considering its efficiency in not only removing a wellie boot but the fact its completely hands free.
Both the projects can be completed in a spare hour at the weekend, and need very little in the way of DIY skills. The simplicity of the build also means you can go to town decorating them if that’s your thing, alternatively you leave them with the rough rustic look.
What you will need
• Saw or chainsaw
• Chisel and mallet
• Power drill
• Countersink drill bit
• Sandpaper or electric sander
• A reasonable sized log
• A old roof slate
• A short length of board or plywood
• A couple of screws
Using the saw or a chainsaw remove one third of the diameter of the log in order to create a flat surface
Using a saw make two cuts a couple of millimetres apart along the length of the log and chisel out the waste. Alternative make a single cut with a chainsaw.
Slot the roof slate into the gap leaving about 10cm to stand out from the log. Use small chips of wood to pad the gap if the slate wobbles at all.
Using the cutting template, mark out the design and cut it out using a jigsaw. Cut the rest section out also, allowing for the slight angle.
Using sandpaper or an electric sander smooth the edges down, pay particular attention to the mouth of the pull.
Drill and counter sink the main pull just below the mouth. Attach the rest using a couple of 40mm wood screws
Job done. No need for mud or muddy hands thanks to a couple of chunks of wood and a bit of roof slate