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MJClark

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10-01-2018 12:42 PM

For the the past 10 years or so, I have just used a tool belt when working in my shop in an effort to keep my work surfaces from getting cluttered. I was thinking about getting a better tool belt (the one I have now is a 4 pouch single stacked). However in reading some of the blogs recently of other woodworkers some wear aprons.

I was wondering which one you prefer and if there is a benefit to one over the other.


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tmasondarnell

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#1 posted 10-01-2018 12:48 PM

I started wearing an apron. Mainly it was an attempt to keep my cloths cleaning. I first tried one with lots of pockets for tools—big mistake when I was using the router free hand—pockets full of saw dust.

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LittleShaver

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#2 posted 10-01-2018 12:56 PM

I’ve just started wearing an apron. I like the cross strap design, it seems to spread the load better. Belt is for working outside the shop.

-- Sawdust Maker

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MJClark

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#3 posted 10-01-2018 01:16 PM

For those of you who wear an apron, what kind do you have and what features do you recommend?

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Steve

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#4 posted 10-01-2018 01:19 PM

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#5 posted 10-01-2018 01:25 PM



I started wearing an apron. Mainly it was an attempt to keep my cloths cleaning. I first tried one with lots of pockets for tools—big mistake when I was using the router free hand—pockets full of saw dust.

- tmasondarnell

+1 I’ve ruined many a good shirt as I leaned over a glue up reaching for something. Once dried, Titebond 3 does not come out of fabric.

Prior to that I’ve never worn any type of tool holders in the shop. Now I find the things that I use most are my 6” steel ruler and pencil, which are in the pocket of my apron.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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Bill Berklich

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#6 posted 10-01-2018 01:45 PM



I ve just started wearing an apron. I like the cross strap design, it seems to spread the load better. Belt is for working outside the shop.

- LittleShaver

Double ditto on all points – and a jacket for turning… every once in a while I’ll get lazy and turn a small piece my Michigan State hoodie. The pouch pocket loads up with chips and I spend 30 minutes cleaning it out before it goes in the washer.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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MJClark

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#7 posted 10-01-2018 02:28 PM


Double ditto on all points – and a jacket for turning… every once in a while I ll get lazy and turn a small piece my Michigan State hoodie. The pouch pocket loads up with chips and I spend 30 minutes cleaning it out before it goes in the washer.

- Bluenote38

Off topic…. MSU??? Go Blue!

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Geeph

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#8 posted 10-01-2018 02:41 PM

Apron for sure. I like small pockets on the chest for marking pencils and things I don’t want jostling around in pockets with tools. iPhone as well …protected in a pocket on the chest where I can still feel it vibrate.

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lumbering_on

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#9 posted 10-01-2018 03:32 PM

Apron for the shop, belt for outside. The belt just seems to get in the way when I’m working in my shop, and does nothing to keep my clothes clean.

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Furnone

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#10 posted 10-01-2018 05:37 PM

If you do any turning (some routing operations too) you should look at the Rockler wood turners apron. It has a velcro turtleneck that keeps shavings from going down your shirt, and keeps your clothes clean.

-- We will not lower our quality standards, so up yours!

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Rich

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#11 posted 10-01-2018 06:15 PM

I have this apron: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071R16Y5N

I like it’s durability and that the straps go over the shoulder and not around the neck. However, here in Tucson, any apron gets too warm in the summer, so for that I got a nylon belt and two multi-pocket pouches from HD. It’s awesome because I can keep so many things at the ready, but I have to remember they are sticking out on each side. I can’t count the number of times I’ve hooked a power cord and dragged a sander off my bench.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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BlasterStumps

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#12 posted 10-02-2018 12:26 AM

My apron me from Williams-Sonoma. It is actually a BBQ apron but it is heavy cotton material. I only wear it when I want to keep my clothes clean. Such as when hand sanding or using something like WD-40 to work on a saw plate. No pockets on it.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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olegrump

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#13 posted 10-02-2018 12:49 AM

I’ve used on of Dad’s old blue denim aprons for years. As stated, the main purpose is to keep the clothes clean and free from glue/stain/varnish/etc. I do like that there is a nifty little pocket in the chest area. Just right for keeping track of your pencils and screwdriver bits. I’d like to find a new one, though, the old one has served it’s purpose. And I agree, the belt is for working away from the shop.

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WoodenDreams

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#14 posted 10-02-2018 01:01 AM

A barbers apron. Very light weight, brushes hair off real easy, Same as brushing off saw dust. I don’t like the weight of tool hanging from me. But I do keep tools where they’re easy to reach on a bench behind me in the workshop.

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#15 posted 10-02-2018 01:08 AM

I have a cotton shop apron, but I rarely wear it. I’m more comfortable working without it in the shop. For rough carpentry work outside the shop (like framing) I will use a tool belt.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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