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Mud-Busting Boot Scrape

A great scrap wood project

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Build this handy boot scraper yourself in less than two hours. Now you can clean your muddy boots hands-free and help keep your entryway clean. Works great on snow clogged boots as well.

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Time
One day
Complexity
Simple
Cost
$20 – $100

Build the boot scraper

Ordinary doormats simply can’t handle serious muck, but you can clean out packed dirt from even the deepest boot treads with this boot scraper made from 2x4s.

  1. Screw the base pieces (A and B) together upside down so that the screw heads are hidden.
  2. Fasten the uprights (C) to the sides (D), then screw the side brushes on with 2-in. screws.
  3. Screw the bottom brushes to the base with 2-in. screws.
  4. Space the side pieces so that the bristles are roughly 4-1/2 in. apart.
  5. Add a piece of aluminum angle to the front edge so you can scrape boots before brushing them.

Use stiff-bristle brushes—either “bilevel” brushes or deck scrub brushes. You may need to cut off part of the handle so the brush will lie flat.

FIGURE A: Build the boot scraper

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Circular saw
  • Combination square
  • Drill/driver - cordless
  • Hacksaw
  • Miter saw
  • Tape measure

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.

  • 10" of aluminum angle (any size)
  • 2-1/2-in. deck screws
  • 2-in. deck screws
  • Four stiff-bristle brushes (bilevel or regular deck scrub brush)
  • Three 8-ft. 2x4s
Best to use treated wood or cedar for outdoor durability.