23 Jun Lee Valley Introduces the All-Purpose Apron for Woodworkers
A century ago, work aprons were considered indispensable in many trades and in recent years they have seen a revival, with good reason. A well-made, well-designed apron is like a wearable toolbox, letting you keep essential implements and supplies at the ready. One need look no further than a favorite pair of jeans to appreciate the hard-wearing durability and comfort of this apron (item 09A0135, $189), which is made of 100% cotton 12 oz denim, with leather details. The bib measures 27-1/2″ wide by 34″ long, which provides ample coverage for the chest and torso. The leather cross-back shoulder straps keep the weight of the apron off one’s neck to prevent strain, and a removable waist strap keeps the sides tucked to the body. All the straps can be adjusted for a comfortable fit, and they attach with substantial brass clips and grommets that will stand up to the wear and tear of daily use. The thick bull-hide chest and lap pockets are tough enough to carry sharp tools, while remaining pliant enough for easy movement. Generously sized at 8-3/4″ wide by 11-5/8″ high, the lap pockets are deep enough to hold chisels and similar tools upright, and they have angled openings that help keep the bulk of sawdust and dirt from entering. Pencils and smaller tools can be kept in the 8-1/2″ wide by 5-1/2″ deep chest pocket, which is divided into 1-1/4″, 2-1/4″ and 3-1/2″ wide sections. And a pocket on the inner side of the bib lets one keep a phone close to hand but still protected by the apron. Hand made in Canada, this apron will stand up to anything life throws at it.