Probably thick Merino wool socks. Add some insulated work boots, and
your feet will stay warm in sub-zero weather.
But cold toes are the least of your problems. With cold temperatures,
glue doesn't work right, finishes won't apply or cure properly, etc.
You could get a propane space heater. Maybe something like this:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)82653385&sr=8-4&keywords=propane+forced+air+heater
I agree with this. You would need to move around a lot in order to
generate heat and stay warm. The feet may stay warm with great socks,
but then you'll need gloves, which would get messy if you glue and you
wouldn't be able to feel your work. Then, you'll need to constantly
remove them and put them back on. It's a hassle.
Get a heater for the shop. That will be your best investment.
A good time to focus on very old woodworking techniques that don't
involve chemicals, just mechanically-joined worked and unfinished
surfaces. You could practice those hand skills and remember just why we
invented power tools.
Possibly not the warmest overall, that normally comes from insulated boots,
but Smartwool hiking socks are super. They are, above all, comfortable and
absorbent and all Merino wool. I hiked the Scottish highlands in the Spring
with them and can't say that my feet ever got cold no matter how nasty the
weather got. Not cheap by any stretch but I wouldn't buy anything else and
they seem destined to last for many years.
The problem for the OP is that he won't be hiking. I once stood for a
couple of hours in zero-degree (F) weather watching the Quebec Carnaval
Parade. I had serious cold-weather boots (with 1/2"-thick felt inner
"booties") and a couple pairs of weather rated socks, but my toes went
from cold to aching and then to unbearable nonetheless. However, they
got all the way back to "comfortable" in just two blocks of walking.
Activity will keep you warmer whatever you wear. I can't ever remember
being cold while shoveling snow, for instance, even though I
deliberately dress lightly for it.
Every year about this time, threads like this keep reminding me why I
left NE Ohio.
Was a little nippy today, that off shore breeze kept the temps in the
all day long.
Oh well, 90's by the weekend.
BTW, do they still make Jon-EE hand warmers?
Keep Oder Eaters in all your shoes. You may not realize how they keep
your feet warm until they fall apart a year or two later. But they
"suck" moisture out of the shoe making it "warmer". I use the Wal~Mart
On 10/24/2013 6:02 PM, Michael wrote:
You could try Corrymoor's mohair (goat) socks.
This is UK so YMMV. I've used them for over twenty years and would highly
Not the cheapest but very good. I pick up a few pairs every time I'm in that
neck of the woods.
Good for all seasons, particularly the cold bits. I rarely wear any others.
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