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Forum topic by kimosawboy posted 07-04-2018 10:41 PM 603 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-04-2018 10:41 PM

Looking for input on a simple tool pouch, either clips to belt/waistline, or threaded..This is only for walkabout shop items..pencils (carpenters/fine), retractable utility knife, 6” square, tape measure.
The one I use is a belt only and I do not see a decent one out there that is a clip on..
No intentions of breaking the bank so $20-25 Is enough..
What are you using??

G Vavra

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#1 posted 07-04-2018 10:57 PM

I will probably learn all too soon that I am in the minority, but I have never found the need to carry a belt full of tools with me around the shop. Granted, the scope of my real estate is pretty small, but I can usually grab my tape measure, utility knife, and square with a step or two. They all have a central location in the shop. That is preferable, in my opinion, to having them attached to my waistline.

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#2 posted 07-04-2018 11:00 PM

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#3 posted 07-05-2018 02:29 AM

I find this one to be exceptionally handy. I meets all my needs in the shop. Keeps the items that I am always reaching for handy on my belt, yet small enough that I don’t keep adding unnecessary tools and weight. Here’s the link at Rockler:

And at $9.99 (plus S&H), you can’t go wrong.

I really like mine!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#4 posted 07-05-2018 02:38 AM

I don’t use one. I have pockets in my jeans and use them. Everything that you’ve mentioned could b carried on a pair of jeans really easy.
If you don’t wanna carry them then I’d suggest just a simple tool belt (fabric not leather due to weight)

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#5 posted 07-05-2018 02:48 AM

I don’t use one. I have pockets in my jeans and use them. Everything that you’ve mentioned could b carried on a pair of jeans really easy.
If you don’t wanna carry them then I’d suggest just a simple tool belt (fabric not leather due to weight)

- JCamp

Same for me, I wear cargo pants and have what I need on hand. BUT, when doing work outside the shop I did sew up some denim and make myself a pouch, using an old seat belt as my strap. Crosses over my left shoulder for easy sideways access when using screws, or nails. This method keeps easy access to my pockets.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 07-05-2018 05:16 AM

Used to use cheap/small clip-on picked up at BORG. Can be uncomfortable as it gets heavily loaded, pulling one side of my pants down all time. Would also snag extension cord or air hose on tape measure hanging exposed. Wearing it was love/hate relationship. Suggest an alternative?

on a whim one day, Picked up a Veritas Canvas Apron from Lee Valley on sale, and never used pouch again.
Note – I am not an apron person! Hate stuff hanging on my neck. Have worked in environments where you always wore lab coat, or full body clean room suit, and have never been a fan of apron for working around machinery. But the Veritas cross back straps and pocket design seems to work well for wood working in my home shop. Even when garage shop hits 100 degrees here in AZ, it is not heavy or too hot.


-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#7 posted 07-05-2018 05:30 AM

I use carpenter jeans, the narrow leg pockets are just right for utility knives and short squares. I clip my tape measure to my right front pocket (yes it wears the fabric out at the pocket, about the same time that the knees wear out). Note; only Carhart jeans still have the left leg pocket. All other brands (that I could find) have stopped making the left leg pocket.
If I need screws or nails for a project I use the fishing vest I picked up at the thrift store.

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#8 posted 07-05-2018 11:44 AM

I use a simple nail apron and the usual items I carry are a 6’ tape measure and a pencil. Other necessities are within reach.

-- David -- sent from my linux box

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