What’s all the fuss aboot?

Sorry, Canadian joke there…

Once the back and leg of our bootjack are joined, we need to do a little refinement.  As it was put together, it was nearly a shin-jack instead.  So we need to cut the leg down a little to put the mouth at a proper height.  This is a cut-and-try, not a precision measurement.  Took me three cuts to get it where I wanted.

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Then, as you may notice, the jack rests on the back corners of both the leg and back.  This is not ideal.  Instead, we want them to be in an even, flat plane.  So use a straightedge and strike a line across them both, making sure not to make it too drastic of a cut on your just-fitted leg.

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Once that is complete (and all this fitting is far easier to accomplish with two separate pieces rather than working on an assembly), then we can go ahead and cut the necessary shape into the back.  So we take our pattern and trace around it–

You didn’t make a pattern yet?  I’ll wait.

Right.  Once we have a pattern (most of it’s pretty arbitrary, the important part being the mouth, which should fit your boots), we can trace around it on to our board, and it’s off to the races.  Well, the bandsaw anyway.  You can, of course, do this a multitude of ways, but this was the fastest I had available.  Cut it all out and clean up the edges and we can finish the assembly tomorrow.

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