A boot jack (which helps you remove boots without sitting down) is one of those household items that seem a bit superfluous, but once you start using one, you'll never go without it. Boot jacks also make a great first woodworking project that require little more than a jigsaw and drill.
The video above proves that you don't need fancy tools or even a proper workshop to start building stuff. He uses his dining room table and a couple clamps to hold the wood and a jigsaw to make all of his cuts. You can use a drill to make some holes, then secure the base with screws and glue.
If you want to get fancy, this woodworker uses his drill press, joiner, planer and router to accomplish basically the same thing.
For full instructions with photos for building a boot jack, check out this DIY tutorial from Home Construction Improvement.
Apartment Woodworking - Make a Boot Jack [Jay Bates]