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02-02-2010 09:06 AM

I’ve been thinking about buying a shop apron. Any suggestions. Leather or canvas? Anyone where them?
Where to buy?


-- deck99

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#1 posted 02-02-2010 09:17 AM

I think turners should wear aprons. I don’t do turning.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 02-02-2010 09:28 AM

Wear one quite a bit. holds all of my must haves. square, 6” rule, tape, fraction calipers, eraser, pencil, dust brush, etc. oddly enough, i wear my apron mostly for flat work and not so much for turning.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#3 posted 02-02-2010 11:27 AM

aprons are great, I find that they protect the jeans/trousers quite a bit so you do not get those annoying worn through parts where your keys or pocket knife are in the pockets, not to mention protect your chest and legs mostly from any kind of adhesive dripage…

Here is what mine looks like (and probably most popular model of apron in my area): these pics are about 3 years old

Some of my mates being cool!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#4 posted 02-02-2010 12:45 PM

I wouldn’t be comfortable in my shop with out my apron. It has become part of me. I have one like Nicholas has, with pockets it carries as much as Jimmy’s does and sometimes even more. Besides the wife says it keeps some of the sawdust off my cloths, therefore out of her house.

-- Guy Kroll

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#5 posted 02-02-2010 01:54 PM

I don’t really wear a apron, I don’t like the strap around the back of my neck. I bought a sleeve less vest from Woodcraft. I love it..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 02-02-2010 02:12 PM

I have a canvas one I picked up at one of the big box stores. Its ok, but would like something a little nicer. They are available at all the wood suppliers, Woodcraft, Rockler etc. The nicest I have seen, I believe, is at Highland. Maybe I will treat myself to an early fathers day being that Christmas and the birthday are long gone

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#7 posted 02-02-2010 02:19 PM

I wear a bib apron, use it all the time ,great place to put 6” square,and rule DC remote ect. its not much for keeping clean because its short but its lite. Its made from ballistic nylon whatever that is? but its seams stong enough , and for 9.00 from Grizzly if you don’t like it hang it up and throw darts at it.LOL.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#8 posted 02-02-2010 02:23 PM

Mine is made of denim, LOML made it for me a few years ago. Mostly wear it for turning and glueups.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#9 posted 02-02-2010 02:37 PM

A good source is or

-- Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else

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#10 posted 02-02-2010 02:45 PM

Mine’s denim too and wear it most of the time. I like the pockets, because I’m always loosing pencils.

-- John from Hampstead

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#11 posted 02-02-2010 03:08 PM

I’ve never used an apron, nor do I own one. I’m kinda under the same mindset as woodworm, it’s something that I feel is for turning. Although it’s probably not a bad idea to wear one or other reasons.

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#12 posted 02-02-2010 03:08 PM

They are good. Especially for holding…
Where’s that damn pencil…and that ruler?!!!

The leather ones are real nice but seem a bit heavy. Harbor F offers one a a low price.

And WalMart’s got cotton full length aprons ‘bout $5 – 6.00 (?)


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#13 posted 02-02-2010 03:18 PM

I must admit I wear an apron. Denim. My sister made it. I don’t keep anything in the pockets except sawdust. So it is mostly to keep dust from leaving the shop. It allows me to go and work for 15 minutes without changing. (Does anyone ever really change?)


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 02-02-2010 03:20 PM

I bought a canvas apron from Duluth Trading. I wear it whenever I work in my shop. It is great for keeping a tape measure, small square and other items I use often. The only problem I have is the pockets seem to have sawdust magnets sewn in the lining. pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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#15 posted 02-02-2010 03:22 PM

I have a canvas apron that I got from Lee Valley. It has spent the past few years draped over the lathe because the only time I wear it is when I’m turning.


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