Another thread asked what's a good gift to ask for that's about $50.
Last year my wife splurged on a leather woodworking apron for me. It
wasn't something I'd ever thought about, but after trying it on, I'm
never without it when I'm in the shop. It keeps the irritating bits of
sawdust off my clothes. I think the one she bought was just shy of $200
with shipping and tax, so it ain't cheap, but now that I have it I
wouldn't be without it.
Just like a fairing on a motorcycle keeps the bugs from whacking one in
the mouth, a leather apron keeps those pesky wood chips at bay.
Cool. If you never wore a leather apron in the shop, you'll be in for a
suprise as to how clean your clothes will remain if you get a well
fitted apron. Mine cost a lot because my wife bought one to fit a tall
guy. Had I seen the price ahead of time, I'd have nixed the purchase.
There's got to be cheaper ones out there.
she got it at woodworker academy, alameda, Ca.
I used to use a denim apron with pockets and found that the pockets filled
up with saw dust. Perhaps it is because the cloth relaxes and the pockets
stay open. How does the leather do in that category?
I use Duluth's apron
and the pockets get sawdust in em and I throw a handful out every now and
then, and it doesn't bother me much. Kind of like "Gee, look at all that
sawdust that somebody would be complaining about because I didn't brush off
well enough, if I wasn't wearing this here apron." The tools still stay in
the pockets. :-)
I like that one because it holds the tape measure, square, and saddle where
I can get to 'em easy and it fits good. Plus extra pockets for an apron
plane, twelve inch rule, and a place for the safety glasses when I take a
break. I think I'm going to get mad one day and put those plastic quicklock
connectors on it instead of tieing it up, but that's the only thing I'd
I like an apron because it holds stuff. The wife likes it because it keeps
the sawdust in the shop. Unless I forget I've got it on and go inside to
get something. :-)
Yeah I do need one of those. Although the leather does not have the flap on
the pockets, they look tight enough to stay shut. IMHO the cloth tends to
attract saw dust that falls off the minute I walk in the house. I wonder if
the leather is the smooth side out?
I have mentioned here before, that a decent leather apron is a safety device.
I will never spin (hand-held in a big router) a 3/4" full-bullnose bit without
that protection. I use those bits a LOT in solid surface fabrication.
If one of those ever breaks, the height of trajectory of flying metal is right
where I think it would change my voice an octave or two.
It also allows me to do a quick glue-up without worrying about getting any
adhesive on my SpeedO's.
Keep this in mind also. Do not assume that the leather will stop a sharp
chunk of anything. While I agree that leather is better than cloth I
conducted an experiment a few years ago that confirmed my suspicions. The
topic of whether it dangerous to wear gloves while operating a TS came up.
The thought was that the glove would snag on the blade and pull your hand
in. I pushed my combination cloth and leather work glove in to my saw blade
with a stick. The glove held its shape as the blade simply cut through the
cloth and leather with absolutely no resistance nor did the glove snag and
get pulled in. The glove simply sat on the TS with the blade spinning
inside the cut after I stopped pushing.
I do not doubt that a broken piece of carbide would easily penetrate a
leather apron given the right circumstances.
Now for the comment about your SpeedO's, umm the visual really scared me.
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