Wear one quite a bit. holds all of my must haves. square, 6" rule, tape, fraction calipers, eraser, pencil, dust brush, etc. oddly enough, i wear my apron mostly for flat work and not so much for turning.
aprons are great, I find that they protect the jeans/trousers quite a bit so you do not get those annoying worn through parts where your keys or pocket knife are in the pockets, not to mention protect your chest and legs mostly from any kind of adhesive dripage…
Here is what mine looks like (and probably most popular model of apron in my area): these pics are about 3 years old
I wouldn't be comfortable in my shop with out my apron. It has become part of me. I have one like Nicholas has, with pockets it carries as much as Jimmy's does and sometimes even more. Besides the wife says it keeps some of the sawdust off my cloths, therefore out of her house.
I have a canvas one I picked up at one of the big box stores. Its ok, but would like something a little nicer. They are available at all the wood suppliers, Woodcraft, Rockler etc. The nicest I have seen, I believe, is at Highland. Maybe I will treat myself to an early fathers day being that Christmas and the birthday are long gone
I wear a bib apron, use it all the time ,great place to put 6" square,and rule DC remote ect. its not much for keeping clean because its short but its lite. Its made from ballistic nylon whatever that is? but its seams stong enough , and for 9.00 from Grizzly if you don't like it hang it up and throw darts at it.LOL.
I must admit I wear an apron. Denim. My sister made it. I don't keep anything in the pockets except sawdust. So it is mostly to keep dust from leaving the shop. It allows me to go and work for 15 minutes without changing. (Does anyone ever really change?)
I bought a canvas apron from Duluth Trading. I wear it whenever I work in my shop. It is great for keeping a tape measure, small square and other items I use often. The only problem I have is the pockets seem to have sawdust magnets sewn in the lining. pkennedy
I have 4 if you count a carpenters nail pouch. Different ones for different occasions. Two cotton/poly bibs aprons with chest pockets, the nail apron, and my favorite a leather bib apron I made when I did a lot of power carving sitting down.
I got one from Duluth with the cross-back straps and their firehose material. It is great having the pockets and never having to worry about getting glue on my clothes. It is comfortable and very durable. I wouldn't be without a shop apron anymore more.
I say your choice,a lot of them out there,Yep I have two,Wear them some when turning, but mostly when glue up ad staining and painting.
I can never find a pencil even if I have it on ,so I just have pencils all over the shop then i can always find one near where I am working.
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