|Project by CartersWhittling||posted 06-26-2012 02:44 AM||10979 views||22 times favorited||49 comments|
This is my shop apron my sister and I made for myself. It is largely based off the large apron LeeValley sells. I have wanted an apron for a while now so that I could have some basic tools close at hand and keep my clothes protected from glue and finishes.
The upper pocket holds two pencils and a marking knife and scratch awl. You can see in the pictures that I made a handle identical to my marking knife for my scratch awl. I never found a short stubby handle necessary, and the long pen-like handle fits better in an apron. I also have a 6 inch rule and my plane adjustment hammer at the top of my apron. The lower pockets are made in the same way the LeeValley apron is, with the openings on the sides to keep dust from fallen in. I usually keep my 6” try square in one of these lower pockets with a small chunk of paraffin wax.
By making an apron myself I could have the fit perfect and custom make the tool pockets. I have the upper pockets positioned so that if I am bending over or sitting down, the tools will not jab into my stomach. The lower pocket is positioned so that when I sit down I still have access to it. The apron is also long enough to cover my legs when I am sitting down. The straps are comfortable and distribute the weight evenly.
Now that I have been using my apron everyday I am not sure how I worked with out one.
(I know this project isn’t made of wood, but I thought it was related enough to woodworking to be posted.)
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