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Im looking at buying my first shop apron. I noticed they are primarily made of either leather or waxed canvas. Is there an advantage to either type? Any first hand experience would be appreciated.
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Never checked into shop aprons that closely. Leather, I would use for welding. Waxed, not ran across any, so can't figure what advantage waxed would have. Don't see why a plain denim shop apron wouldn't do, after all, all you want one for would be to keep sawdust off your clothes.

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I have a light canvas/denim and a cheap suede... I like the cloth better...breathes, hangs better, cleans easier, dust comes right off with a shake in the driveway...
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Canvas for most everything is fine, if you aren't expecting getting showered in sparks.

Leather does may have more cut resistance, but it weighs a lot more. If just for general protection and to keep cleaner, I would take Canvas hands down.

I use a 'fire cloth' shop coat from Duluth Trading, it may been waxed canvas when it started, but after many washings it's just canvas now.

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I have a light canvas/denim and a cheap suede... I like the cloth better...breathes, hangs better, cleans easier, dust comes right off with a shake in the driveway...
aren't you suppose to do that in the house...
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Canvas for me. Weighs less, less sweaty. If I were a turner, it'd be leather for better protection. I prefer a very wide top piece to cover more of my clothing, and I'd like it to come up at least to my collar bone.
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I use leather for welding but like Dan said it’s heavy and it also doesn’t flex much. I always feel a bit like I’m working against it.

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Oh, yeah...I forgot...the kitchen, right...?
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I recently experimented with making some waxed canvas shop aprons. What I discovered is that a waxed canvas apron would be great to wear when working with metal, or working with liquids, or maybe using just hand tools, but not so good with power tools. At least the waxed canvas I bought. The wood chips stick to the waxed canvas and it takes just a few minutes in the workshop for the apron to get covered with sawdust. It was disappointing.
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I think personal taste will come into play. I have both and the leather is certainly stiffer/heavier but it also repels everything well. It will far outlast the cloth ones. I seldom wear the cloth ones. I have several and just didn't like them as much.
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