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Written by Douglas Smith
Top 5 Best Woodturning Jackets
Keeping yourself protected while you are woodturning is a very key component of turning your wood. Otherwise known as a woodturning smock this piece of clothing can protect you from burns and all of the wood shavings that occur when woodturning.
We have compiled a list of some of the best woodturning jackets to keep you protected and comfortable during your woodturning sessions.
What do I need to look for on a Woodturner Smock?
There are a few components that you need to make sure the jacket that you choose comes with and I have listed these below:
Neck Support – As you can imagine when you are turning wood the shavings alone can go everywhere and these neat little jackets come with adjustable collars that allow the jacket to seal around the neck to block any excess shavings from going down your t-shirt.
Adjustable Cuffs – When you are turning wood your lathe will be spinning at a very quick speed and getting any material from your clothing in that can be fatal; we recommend checking the size of the jacket/smock to ensure that it’s comfortable however not loose.
The Best Woodturning Smocks
1.Savannah Featherlite Smock for Woodturning
The Savannah Smock that is designed for woodturning it features a very lightweight design and allows your whole body to stall cool even within the summer. The breathable material also allows for maximum practicality and comfort never stopping you from woodturning.
The Savannah Smock boasts a breathable mesh collar which can be adjusted to suit the size of the wearer, this will also allow no wood shavings to enter the jacket.
The smock also has an oversized pocket in the front to allow placement of the tools you are working on, this is such a great feature as when you are using multiple tools on one project you don’t have to keep stopping to change and find the other tools.
Breathable Mesh Collar
Oversized Front Pocket
2.Robert Sorby Traditional Woodturners Smock
Robert Sorby is one of the biggest brands in the woodturning industry and this jacket from them is no disappointment, this traditional version of a woodturning smock is a great example of the ‘Rolls Royce’ of woodturning jackets.
Made from a polyester and cotton blend this material is easily wearable for a number of hours when woodturning. The upper sleeve has a double pocket for holding pencils and even a selection of small tools, they really haven’t left anything out on this great woodturning smock.
It also has elastic neck and cuff fittings to block any excess wood shavings or debris, when it comes to woodturning this is such an imperative feature.
Elastic Cuff & Neck
Double Sleeve Pocket
3.Red Kap Zip Front Smock
This woodturning smock by Red Kap has a very nice design to it, simple but effective. The Red Kap Smock features a full zip front which makes it very easy to pull off and on when you need to – this can also be zipped up all the way to the neck which will give you that seal.
It also features a lapel collar which can be fastened when actually going to turn wood which will give you an even tighter seal around the kneck eradicating any debris from going underneath.
This smock also features 3 front pockets which tools and pencils can be stored as you work allowing you to keep working on the project.
3 Front Pockets
4.Easy Wood Tools Turners Smock
This Woodturners Jacket is a great addition to the line of great smocks that woodturners can use, this one by Easy Wood Tools features a short sleeve design and made with comfortable and machine washable material.
The Material also breathable material which allows the wood chips to fall off when they hit the smock, allowing you to keep free of debris during your work time.
The Easy Wood Tools Smock also features 3 Pockets on the jacket which allows you to store small tools while you are working to enable maximum woodturning time.
Made in the USA
5.Fame Unisex Smock
Coming in at a cheaper version of the list, this smock still holds its ground in the woodturning jacket best. However, still boasting a poly-cotton blend you will still be seeing some of the other great aspects of the woodturning smocks. You will still get a great feeling of others for nearly 50% of the price.
The Fame Woodturning smock also comes with a large pocket at the front which allows you to store small tools and pencils, it also features a button closure which enables great airflow when working making sure you stay cool during work time.
Best Woodturning Jackets Buyers Guide & FAQ’s
What is a Woodturning Smock?
A woodturning smock is a jacket like a piece of clothing which protects the woodturner from wood shavings and other debris. It also keeps the user safe from getting clothing caught in there woodturning equipment which spins at a fast pace.
Is it worth buying one as a beginner?
Any safety clothing that is given around machinery is worth buying, in this case, any beginner should consider buying one to keep them safe while testing out their skills on the new equipment.