WoodTurners Smock or Shirt, What do you use?

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Forum topic by WarpWookie posted 12-26-2018 03:09 AM 1848 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-26-2018 03:09 AM

Hey gang,

I’m trying to find a good smock for wood turning that will prevent wood chips from going down my shirt and also just generally coating me head to toe. I’ve seen some shirts or smocks for sale on amazon but none have gotten very good reviews. Can anyone tell me what they use and where to get one?


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Amazon smock

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#1 posted 12-26-2018 03:12 AM

I have 2 AAW smocks … they do exactly what they are intended to do.

Have you looked at the smocks on Craft Supplies USA’s website … cheaper than the Easy Wood Tools smock:

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 12-26-2018 03:14 PM

I tried a few things over the years and ended up coming to the conclusion does’t really matter to me. They all have be putting on a garment and taking a garment off. Still brushing off my arms and shoes at the end of the day. Knocking off some stuff from my shirt not much more effort so depending on the shirt may not wear a smock/covering.

I use a light weight jacket frequently or an old shop flannel in the cooler months. They both have tight fitting cuffs and not baggy (overall not a fan of sleeves). A leather shop apron gets used the most. I had my wife alter the strap design so it sits up much higher so no issues with shavings down the shirt when teamed with my face shield.

The smocks above are mentioned frequently along with the the BSX welding shirts (if not opposed to sleeves).

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#3 posted 12-26-2018 04:58 PM

Just a thought, but have you thought of using a barber smock? May have some lighter, less expensive alternatives.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#4 posted 12-26-2018 05:00 PM

Love these. Nothing gets in, they keep me warm and I can put these on over my day job costume without having to go upstairs and change.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#5 posted 12-26-2018 07:20 PM

I wear an old spring jacket because it zips to the chin to keep shaving out of shirt. don’t like the long sleeves but can live with it. The only difference between it and a turning smok is the long sleeves It was 5.00 at a thrift store

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#6 posted 12-27-2018 03:10 AM

I use an AAW smock.

-- Youngsville, LA

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#7 posted 12-27-2018 03:39 PM

I use a welders jacket .. lot of different sellers on Amazon. They are available without the stupid flames on the sleeves. Two inside pockets in front, I use the zip close for my phone and the other for calipers, or chuck key, or…
Scribe pockets on each sleeve for markers or small diamond hones.

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#8 posted 12-31-2018 05:36 AM

Two things have worked for me and they came cheap that was the best part. First was a pullover polar fleece the fibers are tight so little sticks to it. The other a golf long sleeve windbreaker found at a church rummage sale

-- Nothing better than sawdust on the floor

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#9 posted 12-31-2018 03:57 PM

Nothing used to make me track more dust and debris in to the house than the lathe, which drove my wife nuts. I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong, but I get tons of dust and chips on my legs too so a smock would only solve half of the problem. I keep a giant pair of Christmas pajama pants I keep in the garage. I also use a white lab coat w/ sleeves that are a few inches short of my wrists. The lab coat has snaps so I don’t have to pull anything over my head.

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#10 posted 12-31-2018 04:02 PM

Slip a loose button-up shirt on backward (without buttoning it)—works like a smock and you probably already have a work shirt around that is just waiting to help you out!

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#11 posted 12-31-2018 08:52 PM

i put this on my xmas list, and it appears i did well, one of my many daughters picked me up the rockler made unit, fits nicely, and keeps the leftovers from getting down thru the neck, hate pulling my drawers off and having dust fall on the bed room floor, lol. happened more than once.

best of luck to all at the New Year
Rj in az

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#12 posted 01-01-2019 05:00 PM

I am using the craft supplies light weight smock
And I have used a barber smock. It worked just as well, and was cheaper.
If I wear out the craft supplies smock I will most likely pick up another barbers smock.

-- John

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#13 posted 01-04-2019 02:11 AM

I’ve got the smock that Lee Valley sells. I’m very satisfied with it … not too hot, keeps out the shavings and sawdust, easy to put on and take off.

-- I'm not talking to myself ... I'm consulting an expert!

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#14 posted 01-10-2019 03:40 PM

I did a video on this a while back. I like the AAW smocks except when I want a long sleeve smock and use an ACU jacket.

-- MPax, Atlanta

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#15 posted 01-29-2019 01:57 PM

I got a turners apron at rockler, it is made of denim and has a Velcro neck which is removable. Solved the problem of tracking “Man Glitter” all through the house. $29.00.

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