Shop Apron

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Project by CartersWhittling posted 661 days ago 5228 views 16 times favorited 48 comments Add to Favorites Watch


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.)

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 661 days ago

Mr Carter,

I must say: That is brilliant. It is as much a woodworking tool as the vise and the square.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#2 posted 660 days ago

Nice job. Great sister to help you out. Thanks for sharing.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#3 posted 660 days ago

i’ll take one in large size… looks like a winner to me.. I use an apron and agree that its hard to imagine not wearing one in the shop… saves my clothes big time.. even from the dust that usually ends up clinging to my pants… love it Carter.. I will take one.. how much? Papa


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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 660 days ago

Nice Planning & Design…

Nice Craftsmanship…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 660 days ago

Very nice, I like the way the tools are close at hand, I don’t how many time I put down my ruler only to be looking for it over and over.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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Don W

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#6 posted 660 days ago

very cool. I don’t really know anybody close who can sew, so I guess I’m buying one…..someday.

Nice job.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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#7 posted 660 days ago

Ahhh, Mr. Gadget in a woodworking form… Nice !! Got everythin ya need. Except, a six-shooter….... in case any wood gives ya any trouble…. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 660 days ago

That is a cool apron!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#9 posted 660 days ago

Hello Carter!!! I would also like one in a larger size send me the bll. . Cool apron very handy to have around the shop

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Doug McPherson

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#10 posted 660 days ago

Very nice.

-- DullChiselDoug,

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#11 posted 660 days ago

Thats great, but….Is it made from wood? If not, it does not belong in the projects page.

-- D.A Winograsky

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#12 posted 660 days ago

I have never worn an apron or even thought about it. I do lose every single pencil, tape measure, and ruler the second I put them down though. I used to wear a tool belt, but it fills with saw dust. I think I may make one. I’m not afraid to admit I’m pretty good with a sewing machine. Also my wife complains about the sawdust trail I leave through the house.

What did you use for materials? looks like duck cloth (canvas to the non-sewers out there) and did you go from a pattern, or just wing it?


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#13 posted 660 days ago

That is pretty awesome. I would LOVE to have a custom made apron to fit my particular woodworking needs.
I am surprised someone didn’t come up with the idea already. Sounds like it could be a good money maker.

So, let me ask you guys this: How much would YOU pay for an apron that was custom made like the ones above? One made to your own specs? I would easily pay $80-$100 for one. Plus, I am 6’4” tall, so most shop aprons are a tad too short on me to begin with.

Just a thought.

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#14 posted 660 days ago

Very well done – The nice thing about making your own, is being able to customize it based on the wood working you do..

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#15 posted 660 days ago

Lovely apron.
In my eyes it is made of wood.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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