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I don't like aprons pain to put on . But have any of you went this route a lite coat vest. Here is what I bought.
 

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I wear an old Levi's long sleeve shirt..actually have two of them. I normally don't even wear those too much since I have a good DC system now. I guess there might be a need for an apron....but I don't see the need.
 

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I like an apron though I don’t always use it.
Great pocket for .5 mechanical pencils as I seem to lay them down a lot or they run out of lead when I need them. I keep 3 in there plus a 6 inch scale.
Also good at keeping the saw dust off me.
 

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I have two aprons that I wear in the shop. One of them, which I now use for finishing, is an old cotton apron my kids gave me about 100 years ago for barbequing. I don't really keep anything in the few pockets it has other than a shop towel or two. I wear it to protect my clothes from any spills or splatters. I am no stranger to clumsy.

My other apron, though, is what I wear every day for woodworking. I keep #2 & .5mm pencils, chalk &white lead pencil (for dark woods), pocket digital gage to measure thickness up to 1”, 12’ tape measure, 4” gauge block, a mini square and two 6” steel rules. These are small items that I use on a daily basis and would easily get lost on my workbench. I admit that, when I’m in the middle of a project, the only difference in appearance between my bench and a small dumpster is the smell and, no, the dumpster would smell worse. That's why I wear an apron. Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. https://www.rockler.com/rockler-broad-shoulder-apron
 

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I have an apron I got from Rockler that has a criss cross strap over the back that holds it close to my body. It has a couple of big pockets on the bottom and a couple of smaller ones up top, in which I keep pencils, markers an a 6 inch rule. The problem with it is that to pockets collect sawdust. But it does keep my clothes from getting spills and sawdust all over them.
 

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I have an apron I got from Rockler that has a criss cross strap over the back that holds it close to my body. It has a couple of big pockets on the bottom and a couple of smaller ones up top, in which I keep pencils, markers an a 6 inch rule. The problem with it is that to pockets collect sawdust. But it does keep my clothes from getting spills and sawdust all over them.
That's the same one I have Tom and, yes, the lower pockets do collect a fair amount of sawdust. My table saw is a Dewalt contractor's saw and is the worst offender followed by my band saw. Dust collection on those two really suck (sorry, I couldn't help myself). I consider it the price to pay for all of the small stuff that keep in the pockets that I'm constantly using. Saves me a lot of time looking for what I would easily misplace. I use my shop vac periodically to get the sawdust out. I've tried other aprons over the years and, overall, I'm happy with this one. If anything happened to it I'd replace it with the same thing.
 

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I have two good quality leather shop aprons. One is a full length that I use for lathe work. It has flaps over the larger pockets (keeps the chips and sawdust out), metal tape clip and smaller pockets for everything else. The other apron is also leather but is shorter. I use this one when I do "stuff" that I need to be moving around. I try to keep the tools that I am using in the aprons. I was the guy who spent 90% the time on a project look for my tool that 'I just set down". The aprons held with that part of the project.
 

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I don't like aprons pain to put on . But have any of you went this route a lite coat vest. Here is what I bought.
I purchased a plastic apron/smock that's used for by Barbers. Cost about $10. works fine for me. It covers me from neck down and most of my arms. But I use it when I'm turning on the lathe.
 
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