Long sleeve, mid sleeve or short sleeve in the workshop?

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11-08-2012 04:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question shop dress winter clothing safety

As winter approaches, I find myself moving from the tee shirt to adding a flannel shirt over the tee. Eventually it will be thermal under garments. But, I don’t like to have long sleeves near power tools for safety reasons.

I am thinking about taking a couple of “work” flannel shirts and cutting off the sleeves so they just cover the elbow (what I call mid sleeve). The same with thermal under garments.

I would be interested in how you approach winter dress in the workshop.

Note: due to financial considerations it is not practical (cost) to heat the shop to much more than 50 degrees in the winter.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#1 posted 11-08-2012 04:15 PM

when it gets cold, I have a cold weather compression shirt made by under armor that I wear. Fits super tight on my arms… I’m not concerned with it getting caught on anything

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#2 posted 11-08-2012 04:21 PM

It depends on the machine I am working on. I wear a long sleeve flannel when i don’t want to heat, up to the point that I start working on certain power tools. My big concerns are…

#1. Lathe. Under NO circumstances use the lathe with long sleeves. #2. Table saw. It’s less risky, but still risky. #3. Drill press.

Everything else, drill, jig saw, circ saw, recip saw, band saw, scroll saw etc… I am comfortable using safely with long sleeves. Just keep the sleeves buttoned at the wrists and you should be fine. No big floppy sleeves though, normal flannel type sleeves that stick close to your arm is best.

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#3 posted 11-08-2012 04:25 PM

I wear lots of tassels whenever I’m going to be operating power tools.

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#4 posted 11-08-2012 04:27 PM

Sweat shirt with the sleeves pulled up while operating some tools.


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#5 posted 11-08-2012 04:35 PM

T-shirt. I have a zip up fleece jacket in the shop. If I’m using hand tools or planning/tidying, I have it on. Power tools, I take it off. I also have a heater in the shop to take the edge off on really chilly days.

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#6 posted 11-08-2012 04:41 PM

long sleeves are fine as long as the fit snugly around your wrist.

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#7 posted 11-08-2012 04:46 PM

As usual, I agree with a1Jim.

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#8 posted 11-08-2012 04:46 PM

I work in a partially heated shop. During the winter, I start with long sleeve flannel until I am warm enough to take it off. I don’t wear it loose. I am not opposed to long sleeves on the lathe, I just won’t roll them up. Wood shavings can irritate the skin and the sleeves provide some protection. One thing to remember if you cut the sleeves to elbow length – Make sure that they are properly seamed on the ends that you cut. Threads start to unravel and those threads pose a higher risk of getting caught than a full sleeve in my opinion. Good question and good observations about shop safety.

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#9 posted 11-08-2012 04:47 PM

I have a work jacket that hangs in the shop that has elastic around the wrists, so there isn’t really anything loose.

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#10 posted 11-08-2012 04:53 PM

I should have mentioned that I don’t have much luck keeping sleeves rolled up.

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#11 posted 11-08-2012 04:54 PM

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#12 posted 11-08-2012 04:59 PM

Ed – Sweeet tassles.

Ive got a shop hoody that i wear. Covered with filth and sawdust. No strings in the hood. Removed for safety.

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#13 posted 11-08-2012 05:09 PM

Muleskinner – you must get splinters in interesting places

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#14 posted 11-08-2012 05:10 PM

My shop is unheated. When it is cold, I wear a vest jacket over a sweatshirt. I roll up the sleeves of the sweatshirt when using machinery.

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#15 posted 11-09-2012 05:07 AM

I’m with a1Jim.

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