How to Build a Boot Dryer

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Boots get wet. Drying them with forced heat stiffens the leather and makes wearing them uncomfortable for days. This article will illustrate how to make a simple boot dryer that will allow them to dry the proper way... upside down and slowly.

Things You'll Need

  • 1.5 inch PVC pipe 1.5 inch PVC end caps 3/4 inch Plywood 1.25 inch 10-32 machine screws and nuts

How to make a boot dryer

  • Cut a 10-inch square piece of 3/4-inch plywood.

  • Use a can or other round object to mark the corners.

  • Draw a line connecting the inside edge of the circles just drawn.

  • Draw a line 4.5 inches in from each end of the piece and cut along all the lines to form the base. Sand all rough edges.

  • Center one PVC end cap on the end of one leg of the base and drill two 3/16-inch holes through the cap and the base. Repeat on the other leg of the base.

  • Turn the base over and countersink the four holes.

  • Attach the PVC end caps to the base with four 10-32 flat head machine screws, 1.25 inch long.

  • Cut two pieces of 1.5 inch PVC pipe about 2 inches longer than the height of the boot.

  • Glue the two pieces of PVC pipe into the end caps.

  • Paint if desired.

  • Place wet boots upside down on the upright pipes to dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • For best results, place the boot dryer in an area with good air currents. Avoid excessively hot areas, such as directly over a hot air furnace vent.
  • Wear safety glasses when using power tools.

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  • Photo Credit Photos by KK Lowell
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