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.
- Screw the base pieces (A and B) together upside down so that the screw heads are hidden.
- Fasten the uprights (C) to the sides (D), then screw the side brushes on with 2-in. screws.
- Screw the bottom brushes to the base with 2-in. screws.
- Space the side pieces so that the bristles are roughly 4-1/2 in. apart.
- 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
- 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