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How to make a boot scraper


The boot scraper is a handy tool to keep by the back door as the weather gets worse and gardens get muddier. It only takes a couple of hours to make and costs next to nothing.

How to do it


Stand the log for the boot scraper upright and saw off a third, cutting vertically down to make a flat surface.


Stand the larger piece of wood on its flat side and saw two parallel lines about 10cm deep along its length. They should be a few millimetres apart, slightly wider than the width of the slate.


Use a chisel and a hammer to remove the wood between the lines, creating a channel for the slate to sit in.


Slot the slate into the channel so it protrudes about 10cm - cut it to size if necessary.


Remove the tile and squirt a line of wood glue along the channel then push the tile back in. If the tile wobbles, insert some small pieces of wood into the gap to hold it firm.

Our tip

Try to choose a log that has attractive bark. Your boot scraper will mellow as it ages and attract moss.

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martin 24/11/2011 at 15:27

my house will never be muddy again

Fionamm 24/11/2011 at 15:28

This looks good going to suggest it to my local primary school for their garden and of course make one for myself.