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04-02-2017 06:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: smock

I’m looking at turning smocks and am leaning toward the EWT because it’s lightweight and slick but I would prefer longer sleeves. The Sorby has long sleeves but the zipper is backward and it ‘looks’ heavy ( haven’t seen one in person). Any thoughts on these or other suggestions?

edited because people are getting sidetracked trying to solve a problem I’m not asking them to solve.

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#1 posted 04-02-2017 06:49 PM

Remove your apron pockets…problem solved.

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#2 posted 04-02-2017 07:11 PM



...problem solved.

- Rrrandy


Then I won’t have pockets when I’m wearing it for other things. The smart answer would have been to sew flaps over the pockets which I might do even if I buy a smock. But the answer to every question doesn’t have to be most frugal option, I’m perfectly okay with spending money on something I want. The idea of a lightweight smock that goes all the way to my neck to keep shavings from going down the front of my shirt, that doesn’t make me sweat in the summer, and is slick to allow shavings to shed easily, sounds pretty good to me.

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#3 posted 04-02-2017 07:27 PM

I don’t have either the EWT or Sorby smock, but do own one from Craft Supplies (tan) with my name on it and their logo, and one from Packard Woodworks (blue). Tan ones has short sleeves and back pockets, blue one doesn’t have any sleeves and just pencil pockets, I like both.

Think would like the EWT smock better!

-- Bill

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#4 posted 04-02-2017 07:45 PM

Sew on velcro strips – $3 at a fabric store :)

Cheers,
Brad

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#5 posted 04-02-2017 08:22 PM

“The idea of a lightweight smock that goes all the way to my neck to keep shavings from going down the front of my shirt, “

Haha. My wife laughs at me because I use 2” painters tape at my t-shirt neckline and also on my jeans pockets to keep the shavings out!

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#6 posted 04-02-2017 08:36 PM

You’re right about the backwards zipper (Sorby), at first I though it was a female smock. I had mine replaced, the original was a little frayed anyway. Anyway, I also think it’s heavy, it gets warm enough that in the summer I find I don’t like wearing it.

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#7 posted 04-02-2017 08:54 PM

Save your money. Those things are a gimmick. Wear an un-tucked T-shirt that drapes over your pants pockets. All the very important stuff that lives in your pockets can be scattered about, in arm’s reach. When you’re turning, you’re turning. You’re using a caliper? Set it in arm’s reach. You’re using sand paper? Arm’s reach. Pencil? Why? Pencils don’t cut wood. Surely, your turning tools aren’t in your pockets?

-- Mark

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#8 posted 04-02-2017 08:59 PM

I’m with you Rick. I thought of sewing the pockets but on occasion I like the pockets for other uses. I just try to remember to turn it over after turning something.

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#9 posted 04-02-2017 09:24 PM


I don’t have either the EWT or Sorby smock, but do own one from Craft Supplies (tan) with my name on it and their logo, and one from Packard Woodworks (blue). Tan ones has short sleeves and back pockets, blue one doesn’t have any sleeves and just pencil pockets, I like both.

Think would like the EWT smock better!

- Wildwood

The Craft Supplies one looks good and I see they have a lightweight version. What do you think you would like better about the EWT version?


... it gets warm enough that in the summer I find I don t like wearing it.

- Fred Hargis

Yeah, was afraid of that. My shop is hot in the summer. I do have air conditioning but don’t turn it on unless it gets really hot because it dirties the filter pretty quick.

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#10 posted 04-02-2017 09:28 PM



I m with you Rick. I thought of sewing the pockets but on occasion I like the pockets for other uses. I just try to remember to turn it over after turning something.

- doubleDD

Yeah I wear it backwards sometimes but it really doesn’t do a very good job of keeping my clothes clean because shavings fly everywhere and if I turn it around then the inside gets dirty too.

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#11 posted 04-02-2017 09:29 PM

I have a welder’s apron. Heavy leather, no pockets, adjustable straps.
Just what I use.
Bill

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#12 posted 04-02-2017 09:54 PM

If you are AAW member, you can buy smocks from them. Decent quality, light-weight, and supports AAW.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#13 posted 04-02-2017 10:32 PM

A Long sleeved Tee shirt about 2 times your size with a painters hood sewn around the neck opening. I used one for a few years until I grew out of it.

Rick M, I think you made fun of one of my posts when I showed a piece flying off the lathe about 2 years ago. I was wearing my Suu-Mock( laid back pronunciation) and from the picture I posted, you counter posted a giff of a Jawa critter from Star Wars that pretty much resembled the look from my picture. I’m sure you can find that post. My Suu-Mock is lightweight, cotton, and absorbs and wicks out sweat in hot weather. The only thing I didn’t like is I wear glasses, and sometimes will get an occasional chip coming through the opening and sticking between my face and the material of the painters hood.


Here it is. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/116458 .............. Jerry (in Tucson)

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#14 posted 04-02-2017 11:21 PM

Jerry you have a long memory. You have to admit, you did have a tusken raider vibe going on. I mean they deal with sandstorms, we deal with wood shaving storms, there is a kinship.

I hadn’t turned in long while, came in last night covered in dust and shavings, wood crumbs in my hair; and that was after brushing myself off. Wanted to sit down and eat but the wife is growling about dust in the house. I don’t know, the smocks seem like a nice thing to have. I have the dust collector going too but it doesn’t get everything. I thought there would be more people using them, guess not. Maybe Mark is right.

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#15 posted 04-03-2017 12:04 AM

Yep, Mark


Jerry you have a long memory. You have to admit, you did have a tusken raider vibe going on. I mean they deal with sandstorms, we deal with wood shaving storms, there is a kinship.

I hadn t turned in long while, came in last night covered in dust and shavings, wood crumbs in my hair; and that was after brushing myself off. Wanted to sit down and eat but the wife is growling about dust in the house. I don t know, the smocks seem like a nice thing to have. I have the dust collector going too but it doesn t get everything. I thought there would be more people using them, guess not. Maybe Mark is right.

- Rick M

Mark is absolutely right. Look at at a commercial smock. It has the perfect ledge around the neck to collect chips, which will eventually collect around the top of the collar, and then migrate downwards into your shirt and start itching the hell out of you. Pockets on a smock are for collecting top choice chips, otherwise, you’d just see them hit the floor. Also, wear your shirt out instead of tucked in and your pockets won’t fill up with those top choice chips. Been doing that even though I feel an untucked shirt makes me feel like I’m not dressed right. Army stuff, you know. Stays with you your entire life after Army. Belts too. Gotta have a belt. Hands in pockets. No way. heheheeh Ok, late in the day and one too many beers even though it’s only Bud Lite.

Mark Wilson, gonna be out your way in early May. Want a visitor?? Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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