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gator9t9

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05-18-2016 06:01 PM

I recently bought a new lathe….Rikon 70-220vsr. I have only used it maybe 4 hrs. Runs and functions
Very well. So far…later on when I have really got to know this lathe I will give a review for
All the members.
Meanwhile. My question is
What is a good …well supported strong yet comfy shoe or boot….for
Standing at a lathe all day or for hrs at a time for the firsttime now that
I am retired …
I know I cannot continue on wearing my fairly new running shoes…like
I did yesterday.
And I need a special softer yet supporting rug will help also

Thanks for your assistaance.

Mike

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#1 posted 05-18-2016 06:05 PM

A non-fatigue mat or soft rug works wonders. As for shoes, I usually turn barefoot or in sandals :)

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 05-18-2016 08:13 PM

I use a fatigue mat, too. Old house slippers – EZ off/on.

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#3 posted 05-18-2016 08:39 PM

How sharp are your chisles? Have you ever dropped one? I would wear a pair of Redwing safety toe boots. They have both fiberglass and full steel toe shoes & boots.

M

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#4 posted 05-18-2016 09:44 PM

Whatever I happen to have on at the time. No special shoes for turning, they just have to be comfortable like running shoes or trail shoes. No flip flops, no protection. Work boot are too clunky for shop work for this old boy. Just a soft standing mat.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#5 posted 05-18-2016 09:54 PM

I don’t have a lathe …....... yet :) But I do have shop shoes – a pair of Rockport work shoes. They’re comfortable, with a specially cushioned sole. They’re also waterproof, but that helps when I walk the dog. They are thick leather that will offer some protection from an errant tool drop. They’ve obtained a really cool patina from sawdust and what ever else I’ve spilled or drop on them including glue and oil. I always wear them in the shop. Highly recommended.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#6 posted 05-18-2016 10:04 PM

My tools are pretty sharp….....I think I would rather lose a toe than re-grind

Ha ha

Mike

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-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#7 posted 05-18-2016 10:08 PM

So I think fatigue mat is a consensus item for my old 70 yr old feet….

And Rockford shoes are prettycomfy…......too

I will check them out

Thanks alll

Mike

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#8 posted 05-18-2016 10:51 PM

Hmm. Not sure how much difference it makes.

Personally, I’ve never bothered with safety toes for woodworking. Close toed shoes/boots, sure. The anti-fatigue mat, for sure. If you get tired, take a break. Generally you’re shifting gears when you’re turning, anyway—roughing something out, sanding, sharpening, fine work, etc.—and it’s a good idea to take a break when you go from one thing to another. Clears the brain and reprograms the hands. Not to mention taking a load off your feet.

Just my thoughts. YMMV.

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#9 posted 05-18-2016 11:12 PM


A non-fatigue mat or soft rug works wonders.

- MrUnix

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#10 posted 05-18-2016 11:28 PM

Just remember…no white shoes after Labor Day. But seriously, comfortable footwear is a must, and I prefer boots. That keeps all the wood chips off my socks.

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#11 posted 05-18-2016 11:32 PM

I have rubber mats in front of my tools, and I wear Merrell Jungle Mocs. I’ve tried a lot of different footwear in the shop, and Jungle Mocs have been my favorite by far. Great support for extensive standing, and easy on/off for trips into the house.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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gator9t9

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#12 posted 05-18-2016 11:54 PM

Thanks to all the comedians…...very funny….

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#13 posted 05-19-2016 01:10 AM

It’s a perfectly fine question. Boots keep shavings out of your socks, but they’re generally less comfortable.

Me, I wear leather soled dress shoes every day. It’s made my feet tougher so I’ve never felt the need for mats or cushions. Maybe not much help.

I will add that I really like boots with smooth soles and smooth heels, since they don’t track dirt or sawdust easily. Keeps the Mrs. happy.

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#14 posted 05-19-2016 01:21 AM

I just turned these little legs and I sat in a damn chair.

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#15 posted 05-19-2016 01:59 AM

I wear flip flops. The shavings cover my feet but I’ve lived through worse.

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