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Project by Blackie_ posted 61 days ago 1557 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For those of you that ware aprons in the shop, when putting on an apron you have the hassle of tying and untying the cords from the back the simple solution is magnets, All it takes is two dowels, two earth magnets and cord keepers, I had a scrap piece of 3/4” dowel and some 1/2” craft earth magnets that I had purchased from HF awhile back and so after watching a video on how it’s done this is what I came up with, what you do is cut the dowels to about 1 1/2” drill a hole in one end to the size of the magnet you are using and deep enough to allow the magnet to protrude just above the surface, glue the magnets in using CA or E600, on the other end of the dowel drill a hole completely through the dowel large enough to allow the cord to pass through, for the keepers I used a 3/16” x 1” x 2” scrap alder and drilled two holes on each end just large enough to keep the cords snug.

Note: don’t cut the slots in the keeps as shown in the pictures I had problems keeping the cords inside of the keepers so I had to make a new set without the slots.

Edit In 6/2/2014 : As I mentioned on my last post on this project, the magnet idea is a flop, every time you stretch to reach, bend over, sand, pretty much any type of movement the magnets come undone, thus I went back to the drawer board and reinvented the wheel, the last picture I just posted shows the changes, what I did was remove the dowels and magnets from the picture completely and replaced one end with a key ring and the other with an old HF bungee cord clip that I had laying around, this my friends is the solution and works much better then the magnets and just as quick to connect and disconnect.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs





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Roger

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#1 posted 61 days ago

Ha!!! Randy.. I just seen the lil video from Woodsmith about this. I’m definitely doin it to my apron. How frickin simple is this… This could be the start of a nice fashion in the shop. Those cut-offs of those exotic woods could make a real statement from our aprons…...........LOL I think I mighta went over the line a bit with this explanation… I’m laughing and I know you gotta be. I do like how you did the “adjusters” better than Woodsmith. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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woodshaver

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#2 posted 61 days ago

I don’t ware an apron in the shop but I think your idea will catch on! Good thinking!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 61 days ago

That is a slick idea, Randy. I wear a shop coat in the shop and always when turning on the lathe. I like the top to be closed tight and I can do it one handed by putting a magnetic purse catch up there. It snaps shut with one hand. Those magnets are real hand for clothing fasteners. and the exotic and pretty wood scraps have a new use to make a fashionable apron!

Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Woodwrecker

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#4 posted 61 days ago

Well Blackie, I think Woodsmith must have stolen your idea then.
http://www.woodsmithtips.com/2014/05/29/a-better-shop-apron
I think it a good idea and will adapt my shop apron accordingly, so when I wear it, it will be easier to fasten.

-- Having fun...Eric

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Blackie_

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#5 posted 61 days ago

I thought about stating the video but didn’t feel like going through the copy and linking the video, wasn’t sure who all had access to the video, I think you have to be a member? I did get the idea from Woodsmith only made changes replacing the spring cord clamps with made clips. :)

Only took me prob 30 mins to make the set.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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HillbillyShooter

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#6 posted 61 days ago

Reminds me of the adage: “Great minds think alike”. However, I like your version a lot better.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 61 days ago

I edited the post to reflect the video, I don’t like taking credit for something that’s not mine, I just added my own flare to it :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Tooch

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#8 posted 61 days ago

i like the ingenuity with this solution! I might see a patent in your future, what say you?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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Blackie_

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#9 posted 61 days ago

Tooch, to early in the morning for me :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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hunter71

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#10 posted 61 days ago

Woha, neat addition. I had a leather apron made in Islamabad and the ties/clips are a pain. Altering a custom leather apron is not on my to do list, this just might work. Thanks Blackie

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Blackie_

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#11 posted 61 days ago

You’re welcome Hunter, and it works great!

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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neverenougftackle

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#12 posted 61 days ago

Ya all, I too saw this video.

BUT the one thing that accrued to me when I saw this, was to keep the length of the two dowels together as one solid piece, before doing all of that drilling. A one piece no matter the length to start out with, would be better to handle rather than prior cutting them into two small pieces.

Ahhhhh anyways,,,,Those folks over at Woodsmith/ Shopnotes are at the top, when it comes to making all kind of pieces out of wood, you name it,,,, in my opinion.

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aussiedave

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#13 posted 60 days ago

Very cool idea, quite inventive…thanks for sharing Randy.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Rockbuster

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#14 posted 60 days ago

Super idea here Randy, ever think about selling this idea to people who make hospital gowns? I am one person who never learned to tie a bow behind my back, the nurses just call me “Flash” here is something you might try concerning this

Note: don’t cut the slots in the keeps as shown in the pictures I had problems keeping the cords inside of the keepers so I had to make a new set without the slots.

Next time this happens, simply glue a thin piece of wood in the kerf, and sand it flush, I use this method whenever i cut something out like a circle, on my band saw. Use an alternate color wood, and it will really make those scraps stand out.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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Blackie_

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#15 posted 60 days ago

Folks I think we need to go back to the drawing board on this, I spoke to soon, the magnets will not stay latched during certain movements in the shop, sanding, bending over just normal activities, I’m going back to the drawing board on this and see if I can come up with something stronger.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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