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Forum topic by Kudzupatch posted 01-04-2021 06:34 PM 786 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kudzupatch

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01-04-2021 06:34 PM

My sweet niece gives me money for Christmas, actually an Amazon gift card. I am hard to but for because my wants/needs are pricey. So each year I try to find something small but useful to spend her gift on. Something I need but probably would never buy myself.

This year I am thinking about a new shop apron. I have one that I don’t like so I only wear it when I really need to like finishing. Or I have on good clothes and I just doing something quick.

Things about mine I don’t like;
I don’t like pockets with no flaps. They fill up with saw dust.
No pencil pocket or small chest pockets.
Ties in the back, no buckle
No padding on the shoulders.

For those that use one what do you like or dislike about yours?

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com


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Jimarco

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#1 posted 01-05-2021 12:52 AM

For me it’s more of what I do like about mine…. not much. I will occasionally put it on to save some non-shop clothes when finishing. If I could find one that I found useful all of the time I would wear it but I just haven’t seen one yet.

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SMP

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#2 posted 01-05-2021 12:58 AM

I’ve actually been trying to find one myself, and contemplating getting a chore-coat or something similar instead. Curious what others recommend

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RDan

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#3 posted 01-05-2021 01:12 AM

I don’t know if it is on Amazon, but I bought a Katz-Moses one recently. It doesn’t have the closed pockets and if you are a little bigger, make sure you get the Katz-Moses Apron 12” Waist Belt Extension. It does fit quite well and is a heavy waxed Canvas. I tried several Rockler versions and they were way to small on me. I’m 6’4”. RDan

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#4 posted 01-05-2021 01:15 AM

i have a couple of the different rockler units, one i wear when doing a lot of cutting and layout, helps me keep track of my pendil square, and tape and cheat sheet, lol

as for the lathe, i picked up a lab coat, i like that i can take it off and pretty much be chip free for the most part. made mistake of getting white, looks like i wore it to the pig pen already and its only a few months old, oh well, it was only 12 bucks, gonna go for a bigger one next time, i hate tight clothing or items like this
Rj in az

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Loren

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#5 posted 01-05-2021 01:19 AM

I like them long. Table saws throw dust low enough to pack dust into trousers with a short apron. I have overhead dust collection now and I haven’t checked if my saw still does it but I’ll still stick with the long apron.

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Foghorn

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#6 posted 01-05-2021 01:22 AM

I have a LeeValley one that I’ve worn a handful of times. Never seem to remember to put an apron on.

-- Darrel

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Bobsboxes

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#7 posted 01-05-2021 01:41 AM

I also have the Lee Valley apron, hang it by the door so I don’t forget it. Best apron so far.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#8 posted 01-05-2021 02:03 AM

Florida shop here. Too hot for apron. I wear shorts and a tee in the shop. Nothing to snag.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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bigJohninvegas

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#9 posted 01-05-2021 03:21 AM

I have the Lee Valley Veritas apron too. Great fit. straps cross in the back which is very comfy, and then a snap belt in the back to hold it. so no tying and straps at all. front waste pocket has the flap and it has the pencil pocket.
I have had mine 5 or 6 years. toss it in the wash whenever it gets really ugly.
check out the photos, better info than I can explain.

https://www.leevalley.com/en-us/shop/tools/apparel-and-safety-gear/aprons/70774-veritas-canvas-apron

-- John

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TravisH

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#10 posted 01-05-2021 03:34 AM

I have the Rockler Long leather shop apron (or something similar). I did have my wife modify the webbing so it crisscrosses along the upper back as more comfortable and doesn’t need readjusting. Buckles in the back, pencil pocket, and flaps over the two lower pockets.

Overall has been a solid apron. I am fine with the limited pockets as I don’t need to be a walking tool box.

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metolius

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#11 posted 01-05-2021 04:03 AM

I use Duluth Trading’s “best damn work apron” Its long , just above the knees, heavy canvas with a 1.5” web criss-cross straps. No flaps on the pockets, but they are positioned on the side, out the way of most saw dust flight.

8+ years … I’ve been happy with it.

Unfortunately, they only have them in production every other year or so. I don’t see it on the current site, so this is looking like an off year. : (

-- derek / oregon

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WoodenDreams

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#12 posted 01-05-2021 04:11 AM

The one I have, my wife made with light fabric. Very similar to this one. https://www.leevalley.com/en-us/shop/kitchen/linens/aprons/76179-cross-back-apron I only wear it during glue-ups, applying finish and turning. So I don’t need pockets or a pencil pocket. It does keeps the glue and finish off my clothes.

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#13 posted 01-05-2021 05:30 AM



I use Duluth Trading s “best damn work apron” Its long , just above the knees, heavy canvas with a 1.5” web criss-cross straps. No flaps on the pockets, but they are positioned on the side, out the way of most saw dust flight.

8+ years … I ve been happy with it.

Unfortunately, they only have them in production every other year or so. I don t see it on the current site, so this is looking like an off year. : (

- metolius

Is this it?

https://www.duluthtrading.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-DTC-Site/default/Product-Variation?pid=19955&dwvar_19955_color=COB

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metolius

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#14 posted 01-05-2021 06:31 AM

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#15 posted 01-05-2021 02:15 PM

I like Texas Heritage aprons of the many I’ve tried. I have owned several of the Duluth aprons and I only get 2 years out of them, before they fall apart. I am working on 5 years now with my TH apron and it is still going strong.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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