How to Make a Simple Boot Dryer Using Plywood and PVC
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How to Make a Simple Boot Dryer Using Plywood and PVC

A DIY simple home-made boot dryer can be made from simple scraps laying around the shop. First you need to assemble the materials. Some 3/4 inch plywood or 1x6 or 1x4 boards. About 40inches of 2 inch pvc or abs pipe. Also, 2 - 45 degree fittings.

(Read all the instructions first, and make adjustments to cuts and measurements to suit your particular needs.)

Start by making the base of your boot dryer. Tools needed are a power saw, tape, marking pencil, straight edge, drill, a hole saw to match the pipe size and a saw to cut plastic pipe.  You can use pipe glue if you want,  but it is not needed.  Just make sure it's the right kind for the type of pipe you use. (Remember once you glue or cut there's no going back.)

A suggested size of 12"x12"  for the base should work. For plywood simply cut in into three 12"x12" squares. For the 1x6 or 1x4 size board you have. Cut them to an appropriate size equal to 3 widths of the size board you have. For simplicity just cut 9 pieces. Now simply arrange them into three layers deep. (For the 1x boards simply alternate the middle layer to hold it together.) That is your base.  Don't fasten it together yet. Now measure back  about 8 inches and mark two sides. Pencil a line across these two points. (The purpose of this measurement is to offset the weight of the boots since the toe points to the front of the dryer.) Now you need to measure in from the sides about 4 inches along the line and X that spot. This will be the center point for your hole saw. Adjust as needed.

Clamp your base together and cut the holes out with your hole saw. You may have to take the saw out to remove the plugs as you cut through each layer. Make sure you have a piece of scrap underneath to protect work surfaces or floors. Once you have all the layers cut, with holes that neatly line up, you can now use appropriate size wood screws to hold the base together. Now remove the clamps.

Next cut the pipe into 2 - 16" lengths and insert into the base. Put the 45 degree fittings on the pipes. Now cut two lengths of pipe, about 3 or 4 inches, and insert into the 45 degree fittings. (Adjust length to the size boots you have.) Set  the assemby over a floor register from your forced air furnace,  slide the boots onto the pipes and let them dry. (The base needs to completely cover the floor register for best effect.)

If you don't have a floor register, there is another option, if you have some basic electronic technical skills. Obtain two small computer cooling fans and mounting hardware. Most electronic supply stores have these for about $6 give or take. You can get a battery powered or 120 house current powered fans. If you don't know how to hook these up,  ask a technician or electrician for assistance.  Simply mount your fan at the bottom of the holes on your base and hook up to an appropriate power source . Make sure to add two strips of 3/4 inch or more, along the bottom of your boot dryer so the fans can draw air. It's the gentle air circulation that helps slowly dry out the leather, which is what you want. Drying boots by a stove will ruin them as they get too hot.

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Creating this boot dryer needs creativity just using the plywood and PVC. This is a great idea to save money instead of buying dyer in the appliances centers. Thank you for sharing this informative article. Keep it up! Goodluck, voted and shared.