7 October 2020 at 12:25 pm #681258
Do any of you use an apron to protect your clothing? I’m considering buying one; something hard-wearing.
"Sawdust? I think you'll find that's man-glitter."7 October 2020 at 2:03 pm #681273Karl SartinParticipant
I made my own by stripping the back off a disused leather sofa that I spotted that was being disposed of.
I cut a simple shape like a ‘cook’s apron’, I sewed a large pocket on the front; I made leather laces from the same sofa material and punched holes with an awl in the corners of the leather apron and tied the laces with a knot (a hoop to go over the head and additional ones to wrap around the waist).
It took no longer than 30 minutes to make and it is tough as old boots.
You can soften the leather by wiping with 3 in 1 oil and if you do manage to damage the leather apron front, you can sew a leather patch on it.
Easy peasy. 😁7 October 2020 at 2:10 pm #681278Karl SartinParticipant
I have just noticed in my photos that I sewed the leather laces onto the apron front (you could just tie them on though).
😂7 October 2020 at 3:29 pm #681288
Hey that’s a clever idea! I’ve got an old leather chair sitting in my shed so I’ll consider having a go. Should be fun:)
"Sawdust? I think you'll find that's man-glitter."31 October 2020 at 5:40 am #684265MartyParticipant
I wear old clothing except for those days when I forget and then I wear my Sunday bests which are not that different from my old clothes. I do have a bad habit of wearing a half decent sweater and it takes a month of Sundays to pick all the sawdust from it.. Such is life..6 December 2020 at 4:38 am #689047Mark McConachieParticipant
My bride sewed some old denim together. Patterned off my bar b que apron. I would like to eventually go to a leather one, and I like the idea of the repurposed furniture..I hate our couch anyway!24 January 2021 at 6:24 am #698268Debra JParticipant
Got to recommend Under New York Sky aprons.
I got a couple for the kitchen and am impressed with how tough they are. Easily could stand up to woodworking.
- Debra J24 January 2021 at 10:37 am #698338
The aprons look very nice but I’m in the UK
"Sawdust? I think you'll find that's man-glitter."26 January 2021 at 1:30 am #698571Debra JParticipant
Oh well. To be frank, I don’t use an apron for woodworking at all. I just accept that I will get dirty.
- Debra J26 January 2021 at 4:56 am #698597Larry GeibParticipant
If all you are looking for is something to keep your clothes clean, go to a restaurant supply. They have aprons for as little as $3.00 .
Add a couple pockets and you are off and running.with a poor man’s apron.
At least you’ll know if you want to buy that Texas Heritage Woodworks number. ( don’t worry, he ships free anywhere.)12 February 2021 at 3:50 pm #700921George ScalesParticipant
Mine is denim with three pockets and two pencil pockets. The string is threaded through a channel sewn into the top edge and going down the sides. This allows it to be raised or lowered in the front. Then you just tie the string in the back. You could make the string long enough to go all the way round and bring it back to the front to be tied . Easier to tie it that way! My bride made mine as well! If you don’t have a bride, its a diy.12 February 2021 at 3:56 pm #700925Mark McConachieParticipant
On another note, I debate about pockets, or sawdust collectors I call them. Not sure of anything other than pencil or tape holders are worth the hassle of emptying shavings and sawdust out regularly.12 February 2021 at 4:03 pm #700926George ScalesParticipant
You are correct about the dust collection. My pockets are designed for three items. A six inch try square, a six foot measuring tape and my marking knife. The pencil pockets are a bit higher than those three. Dust can still be a problem, but I have less trouble with that since I moved to a hand tool only method. I also sneeze less!12 February 2021 at 5:36 pm #700933deanbeckerParticipant
Useing an apron especially when glueing up is really wasteful. When you wipe glue on your shirt and pants you have something to pick at later whilst waiting for your glue to dry. Just saying.
I have one but never seem to wear it. I do, when i remember, wear it inside out so as not to fill the pockets with shaveings .mine is kinda stiff and. Dont think i like that part. A good supple leather or can as one might be more comfortable. And i go in at odd and various times to work and mostly forget to wear it until i got glue all over everything12 February 2021 at 8:17 pm #700962Larry GeibParticipant
Back in the day when people wore overalls, the Cadillac was the JC Pennys brand, which had some features that have been lost to modern manufacurers.
Among them was waist pockets you could unzip from the overalls , either to clean the pockets out or to leave them off altogether during operations that produced a lot of dust.
Overalls made a lot of sense in a production shop. At the end of the day you could take them off and be clean for the pub hop with your coworkers on he way home..
I’ve been thinking of having one of the boutique makers sew me up an apron with removable front pockets.
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