Woodworking Apron

  • Advertise with us

« back to Hand Tools forum

Forum topic by Gregory posted 05-18-2021 11:02 PM 653 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Gregory's profile


23 posts in 65 days

05-18-2021 11:02 PM

I have been researching aprons and just wanted to get some thoughts from the more seasoned woodworking brothers and sisters in here. The Rockler Broad Shoulder apron seems like a solid deal for 20$. But I’d like something more traditional looking and im not trying to spend a couple hundred dollars on a custom apron. What do you guys and gals use? Also, a huge THANK YOU to HokieKen for setting me up with my first Stanley no.5. I have been having a blast learning how to use this plane.

Peace and Blessings

-- Gregory H. -Fingers are pockets too.

28 replies so far

View CaptainKlutz's profile


4549 posts in 2614 days

#1 posted 05-18-2021 11:16 PM

This topic cycles in forums occasionally.
Most recent was only a couple months ago:
I use the Veritas/Lee Valley apron mentioned in the above thread.

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

View therealSteveN's profile


8009 posts in 1693 days

#2 posted 05-18-2021 11:32 PM

Either nothing most of the time, or the simple denim thing HF sells. I like tools close, but not hanging on me. I spent the early working years married to a nail belt for construction. I’d like to think I’ve outlasted that cargo. So for me plenty of tables, ledges, and other flat surfaces so I have measuring and marking close at hand.

-- Think safe, be safe

View bigJohninvegas's profile


1044 posts in 2581 days

#3 posted 05-18-2021 11:37 PM

This topic cycles in forums occasionally.
Most recent was only a couple months ago:
I use the Veritas/Lee Valley apron mentioned in the above thread.

- CaptainKlutz

+1, I’m with CaptianKlutz, I too use the Veritas apron.
Straps cross in the back, very comfy for me. and washing machine safe.

-- John

View bandit571's profile


28775 posts in 3803 days

#4 posted 05-19-2021 12:11 AM

I wear mine mainly to keep dirt and glue OFF of my clothes…..


See anything in the pockets?......neither do I….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

View EarlS's profile


4554 posts in 3467 days

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

+1 – Kenny is a good guy but don’t tell him I said that. He might think he’s special :+)

I bought a turner’s leather apron, cut the bottom half of it off, and use it as a shop apron.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

View mtnwild's profile


4143 posts in 4647 days

#6 posted 05-19-2021 01:02 AM

I just happened to be gifted a heavy leather vest type, that I can wear as a vest or turn it around and it gives me safety while grinding. Love it…

My main point is though, a tight upper pocket for a pencil is fine, but I find the pockets usually collect sawdust, or the tools you might put in there, just get in the way.
No pockets…

Good heavy canvas, no pocket would be my choice…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

View Winny94's profile


75 posts in 1560 days

#7 posted 05-19-2021 01:44 AM

View Madmark2's profile


2841 posts in 1707 days

#8 posted 05-19-2021 01:46 AM

Florida here. Too hot for aprons. Work in shorts, shoes and wife beater.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

View Knockonit's profile


853 posts in 1321 days

#9 posted 05-19-2021 02:25 AM

i have a collection of aprons, from the rockler items to welder aprons, but did settle on a medical smock, a light cotton one, can tie neck reasonably tight when on lathe, and had a couple pockets, i work in shorts anyway, all year round, new shop is gonna be air conditioned, yeehaw

-- Living the dream

View sansoo22's profile


1676 posts in 774 days

#10 posted 05-19-2021 03:12 AM

Mine is a semi-custom job so out of your price range but thought the layout and options I chose might be beneficial. The mallet is the only thing I don’t keep on it full time. I only keep it on my apron when doing glue ups so I can persuade pieces to fit. Its made from heavy waxed canvas with leather cross back straps.

View Woodmaster1's profile


1755 posts in 3706 days

#11 posted 05-19-2021 12:12 PM

I got the rockler apron because it was one a few that fit.

View DevinT's profile


1168 posts in 86 days

#12 posted 05-19-2021 01:09 PM

I am getting an apron for my birthday. I have it narrowed down to two aprons.

I love the Hide and Drink brand. They make my chisel roll. Absolutely stupendous quality. So I think they must make a great apron too.

Hide and Drink Leather Apron

But, Green is my favorite color and I don’t know if I can pass up the chance to own a green shop apron

Though, I think my hand may be forced because although I love Hide and Drink, they put the pockets too high for people with breasts. Sure, little sawdust would make it into the pockets, but little else is going to fit in them too based on their location.

-- Devin, SF, CA

View SMP's profile


4156 posts in 1025 days

#13 posted 05-19-2021 01:20 PM

I used to wear an apron in the garage but my butt cheeks would show when I turned around and some of the neighbors started complaining, so now I just wear pants instead.

View Lazyman's profile (online now)


7136 posts in 2507 days

#14 posted 05-19-2021 01:45 PM

I kind of like the idea of the split leg apron that Adam Savage designed in one of his one day builds. Not sure that I would want it to attach it to the leg as his does but what I don’t like about my current home made apron is how it encumbers my legs so I don’t use it much. It would be nice to not have to take it off to take a leak. There is a link on the YouTube page to his web store to buy one.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

View HokieKen's profile


17925 posts in 2258 days

#15 posted 05-19-2021 01:56 PM

Glad the plane is working well for you Gregory :-) I linked my apron and gave my likes/dislikes in the thread CaptainK linked in the first comment. I haven’t changed my mind since so I still recommend it. I’d have a read through that thread in addition to the comments posted here.

Here are my comments from the old thread:

I m hard to buy for too so my wife tries to get me one “surprise” each year that I didn t specifically ask for. This year she got me an apron. I ve never really been an apron guy but this one is growing on me :-)

It s comfortable and easy to put on. It can be quickly and easily pulled tight or loosened up depending on what I m working on and it checks all the boxes on your “wishlist” :-) Not all the pockets are flapped but there are two good sized ones that are. And the magnetic strip seemed gimmicky to me but danged if it ain t a handy spot to keep a 6” scale. The downside to the magnets are that I do metal working in my shop as well as wood so when I m machining steel, I m gonna have little sharp chips stuck to it.

It s obviously a generic Chinese product but I have to say, it s a nice, heavy canvas with a good waxed finish that sheds dust easily with a quick blast of compressed air and the straps and buckle seem like they will hold up over time. They don t feel chincy like they ll come loose if I fart too hard.

And, the safety glasses and gloves that are included are obviously a matter of some factory getting rid of overstock that isn t selling on it s own but, the glasses are relatively comfortable and optically clear. I can t let them off on this picture in the listing of what the gloves are for though:

So, they re for… you know… driving screws with a hammer. And… ummm… writing on wood with a kitchen knife. LOL! I didn t notice that picture until I pulled it up for this post just now and got a really good chuckle out of it :-))

Anywho… long-story-short, I didn t ask for an apron, didn t really want an apron. But, my wife rolled the dice (I think really she s just hoping I ll bring less sawdust into the house on my clothes) and I m glad she did. It seems like it will be a really nice addition to my standard shop gear based on what little use I ve had with it.

I will add that the adjustable size thing really does work well for me because in the summer, I only wear a tee-shirt in the shop but in the winter I will have on a heavy sweatshirt or insulated coveralls sometimes. I can adjust the fit to be comfortable in either case on me. But, if you re a really big guy, it might be a little snug on you. I m 6 1” and 240# and with a heavy sweatshirt on, I have it close to the largest it will go.

YMMV of course…

- HokieKen

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

showing 1 through 15 of 28 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics