newbie 101: easy-clean clothing?

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I've got splinters in my boots, splinters in my socks, splinters embedded
into my jeans, splinters in my flanel shirt, splinters in my undershirt,
splinters in my watch band, splinters in my beard, splinters in my hair,
and yes, splinters in my skin...

I'm sure I can't be the only turner with this problem.  What do y'all do
about it?  This stuff doesn't just brush off with the flick of a wrist.
Wet shavings brush off more easily than dry, but both seem to have little
microscopic whiskers that make them stick to everything like cockle burrs
or velcro.

Lab coat worn backwards?  Overalls?  Apron?  Suit of plate mail armor?

I'm thinking overalls maybe, but also thinking they'd get really hot come
summer.

Maybe turn /en deshabillé/?  (That's butt nekkit for y'uns what don't talk
French...)  Seems like *that* could be a lot worse...

There's bound to be a stock answer, but I'm too sorry to go searching out a
FAQ.

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Re: newbie 101: easy-clean clothing?
I have no stock answer but I do NOT recommend overalls.  The chips will find
their way into every pocket and down inside next to your skin too.
Coveralls would work but you'll need something light so you don't get too
hot in summer.  It'll still attract shavings all over them but at least
they'll be on the clothes and not you. <g>

Personally, I just made my own turning smock out of a very lightweight
windbreaker type of jacket.  It zips up tight under my neck and is very
smooth.  The shavings slide right off.  The dust sticks to it but a simple
shake takes care of that.  I made some other modifications but that's the
basics.  The jacket was under $15 at Walmart.  Cheaper than any commercial
turning smock I believe.

- Andrew



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Try THAT and you'll find out there's worse places shavings could stick
than hair and beard!



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Jim Swank wrote:

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LOL!  Plus I'm thinking maybe not the safest idea in general either.  I got
to try out my face shield today.  Got a spindle too thin, and WHACK.  Yup,
the face shield works good.  Sure am glad I was wearing it!

That could have hit Mr. Willy.  That would not have been cool.  I guess butt
nekkit is out.

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Silvan wrote: (clip) That could have hit Mr. Willy.  That would not have
been cool.  I guess butt nekkit is out.
^^^^^^^^^^^
Then how about a face-shield and a "cup."



Re: newbie 101: easy-clean clothing?
On Fri, 02 Jan 2004 18:49:25 -0500, Silvan

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i got hold of some denim and had the ol lady make a floor length
apron. it covers the top of my shoes so they dont fill up. put a
pencil poket in it :-]  right now im set up in a air conditioned room
in the house so heat aint an issue. when i get the shop built i may
have to rethink this plan.                  skeez

Re: newbie 101: easy-clean clothing?
My turning smock is a favorite old T-shirt with a bandana knotted at the
neck to keep out the shavings.  When I finish turning, I brush off all the
shavings I can and turn pants, T-shirt, bandana, underwear and everything
over to my wife to go in the wash.  It works like a charm.  Avoid shirts,
overalls or anything else with pockets, unless you want them filled with
shavings.

Barry


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Barry N. Turner wrote:

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<Reaches into pocket and pulls out a handful of maple bark, lint, and
strings of wood...>

I can't imagine what you're talking about.  :)

The Tyvek suit sounds like an interesting idea, if I can find them.

Getting SWMBO to sew me sum'pin out of denim is way out.  Neither one of us
can figure out how to work her sewing machine.

A cheapo jacket sounds maybe best of all.  I could dig my high school
letterman jacket out of the closet.  May as well get some use out of the
silly thing.

Thanks all...

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Re: newbie 101: easy-clean clothing?
I haven't found a way to keep shavings and dust off of clothing.  But the
best method that I have found for a quick clean up is an air hose. It will
hose you down well enough that she will let you in the house for lunch.

Ron Robinson
East Texas



Re: newbie 101: easy-clean clothing?
Just remember to hold the nozzle a few inches away, not directly on the
skin or clothing.  If you have an older, non-OSHA style blowgun, it can
drive microscopic particles into the skin.



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 You can, depending on conditions, wear a Tyvek suit...
 http://abcsafetyglasses.com/mly-1428ty.html
I get mine on a rack at Home Depot....they get warm in the summer, but
they work. At $7.95, they will last  a few weeks, using care. (I wear an
apron over the front to reduce wear in the area of most rubbing and
flying shavings).....I can turn for a couple hours, strip it off, and go
right up to dinner. (I also wear a cheap painters cap under the hood to
make it more comfortable)

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I simply use a nylon windbreaker that I sewed up the pockets (and long enough to
go half way down my thigh).. Long pants cover my
boots. No problems with invasive shavings. A quick dust off the the blow gun and
I'm clean enough for entry into the house.

Peter Teubel
Milford, MA
http://www.revolutionary-turners.com

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I usually wear some lite weight sweat pants or what used to be called
workout wear. Loose with now pockets and usually nylon. A tee shirt without
pockets. And I keep the shop vac with a brush attachment, a dust broom. A
quick brush and vac keeps me clean enough to enter the inner sanctum
sanctorum <sp>
Let the chip fall where they may.

Dave



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On Fri, 02 Jan 2004 18:49:25 -0500, Silvan

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I have an old military summer flight suit with zippered pockets I
bought at a flea market for $10. I cut the sleeves off just avove the
elbows so they can't get caught on the workpiece.

I keep it at the bottom of the basement/shop stairs and put it on
whenever I'm about to use the tablesaw, router, or lathe.

Before I bought it I used a vacuum cleaner to suck up sawdust, but it
was a pain in the butt due to the time it takes, plus it's noisy.

HTH


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Been there done that. SWMBO rebelled at splinter laundry, so
........... Went to K-mart Got a pair of comfortable, in expensive
Hi-top tennis shoes. Got a pair of coveralls. Coveralls cover the tops
of shoes - protect socks. The coveralls didn't ---- low open neck
---Had SWMBO sew on button at neck and make button hole. Corrected
that problem. Always wear a hat - protects my balding head. Safety
glasses do a good job of protecting the eyes. Watch band and hands
still get splinters-------------------- guess you can't have it all!

"Just one OLD man's idea of havin' fun!" HeHe

The Other Bruce
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"The joy of woodturning is that all you have to do is remove what's
not needed to have something beautiful - nature does the hard work."


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Re: newbie 101: easy-clean clothing?
I wear a pullover sweatshirt in the winter, a pocketless T-shirt in the
summer.

Jeans keep shavings out of my shoes all year, or I turn barefoot in the
summer--nice, cushiony excelsior under my toesies :-)

I like the Tyvek suit idea, used to wear them in a fiberglass sculpture
shop I worked at. They're pretty slick, easy to take off and shake the
dust off--and quite cool if you are butt-naked underneath!

Ken Grunke



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Re: newbie 101: easy-clean clothing?
bare foot? sounds painful. at least the skew won't chip if it falls on them.
(not like the grit coated floor in the school shops)
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Been there, done that. Was turning last summer with sandels. Yep...I dropped the
skew and went into the top of my big toe like an
arrow. Hurt like hell. Went into the house, put on a bandaid and got out the
boots. NEVER again...

Peter Teubel
Milford, MA
http://www.revolutionary-turners.com

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Did the same thing with a carving gouge when I was a kid, except it went
into the upper part of the foot. A couple of hours and a tetanus shot in
the ER later and I'd learned my lesson. I always wear shoes or boots in
the shop. I guess we can always re-grind or replace a chipped skew, but
it's much more difficult repair a chipped toe.
 
My son, however is stubborn and hard-headed. He wears sandals or soft
mocs, and will only get the boots if I remind him. Wonder where he gets
the stubborn from?
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Happy Turning,
Vic

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I wear a shop apron my wife made.  I goes well below the knees and yes the
pockets filled up with shaveings.  Well she made me a new one and I asked
her not to put pockets on the front.  Then I relized I already had  one.
She made the normal shop apron, but now when I turn I use the back side out
no pockets , no shaveings.  When I do other wood working I put the pocket
side out and now have the pockets availible for measureing tools ect.  I use
a small wisk broom for the arms and feet and I am ready for the house.

Bruce
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