Turning cape........!

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  1. odie

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    I've been using these capes for several years, now.........


    ......and, it continues to work beautifully for turning! I've found that the majority of the problem with flying chips, is your face, shoulders, and neck.......everything else below that, is easily taken care of with a shot of air.

    This is simply a medium weather pull-over type garment with a collar that zips up all the way, sealing around the neck. Take a trip to Goodwill and get these for about two or three bucks apiece......cut the bottom off.

    You can also use these same garments without cutting them. My suggestion is to avoid the pull-over ones if you plan to keep the sleeves.......look for those with a zipper that goes the full length of the front. I have several of these, too......and they are just as good as those expensive turning smocks you see. Use the sleeved ones for turning wet wood, and/or colder weather.

    Nice that these are so cheap, and work so well! :cool2:

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    Hello Owen, and good morning......

    Heh,heh,heh......very creative. If it wasn't for my two sons, I'd never have seen The Incredibles........great movie!

    Actually, the cape is more safe than the same garment with the sleeves, and the standard turning smock that some people use would come closer to the spindle than this ever does. So, in actuality, the cape would be safer, simply because it's further away from any moving parts.

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    I'as just torquing with you Odie. I'm not a hard-core safety Nazi - if you want to poke a chainsaw into a 24" chunk of wood spinning at 3000 rpm on the lathe while learning to moonwalk, then I might advise against it - but, you're a grown up and can make your own decisions. Creativity (and life in general) requires risk.

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    Owen.......It's obvious you have a great sense of humor, and your original post shows that.

    It's good that you've brought up this point, anyway......and, it should be addressed.

    As I said, no part of the cape is as close to any moving part of the lathe as the same garment without cutting it down. The original garment conforms to the body pretty much the same as a purchased turners smock, so it's virtually the same when considering the safety risks.

    There is the possibility that some people, because of their physical stature, and the lathe they use.......might indeed have a safety issue with the cape. This is a very good reason why your point should have been brought up. For me, my head would have to be on the back side of the tool rest for the cape to be a safety concern. I hadn't really considered the safety possibilities for anyone but myself.......and because the cape presents no safety issue for me, I am now acknowledging that it very well could be an issue for someone else........

    Thanks for your input, Owen......

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  8. Bart Leetch

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    Hmm I knew I'd seen this somewhere before.

    Now about the tights!!!!!!!:D:eek:

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    odie
    05-29-2011, 05:56 AM
    If some enterprising outfit simply made something that covered the neck and tops of the shoulders, something that was easy on, easy off.....I'll bet they'd sell a lot of them.

    If this were an option, then the user could use whatever shirt, with or without sleeves and pockets, that suited them.

    ooc

    I stopped by Goodwill Friday, and bought another pull-over half zipper shirt. This is like the rest that I have used, where the zipper zips up all the way up to the tips of the collar, and seals the neck.

    I took my own idea and cut off the sleeves and everything below the zipper, or below about mid-chest level. This sort of looks like the half-cape sort of thing that was once a popular male garment about 150 years ago.

    Used it last night, works well. My intent was to use this over some kind of regular work shirt or sweat shirt......just something that seals the neck, and covers the shoulders.

    Even though this was once a pull-over shirt, in this configuration, it isn't much more inconvenient than putting on a hat. I can use this!:cool2:

    As luck would have it, while at Goodwill, I found another one that completely zipped up the front......viola.......exactly what I wanted! These seem to be rare in this style that zips up and seals the neck. This full length zipper will allow much more convienence than the pull-over versions.....greater ease of putting on and taking off.

    Price for these at Goodwill are $3.50 and $4.00 with a 10 percent senior citizen discount......can't beat that with a stick! :D

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  9. Ian Thorn

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    Hi Bart seems to me they are ripping the senior cits of by charging them more

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    Yep, Bart.......

    I've posted about this before. I've been using the cape regularly since I first posted about it, and it's worked so well for me, that I decided I'd mention it again. Later.....

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    Ian......Senior citizens get a 10 percent discount at Goodwill.

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    At what age do they consider us Senior citizens? Every business is different.
     
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    Bart......

    Off hand, I'm not sure what age is considered to be a senior citizen at Goodwill. Maybe if you call, or do an online search, you could get that information.

    I'm 63, and the discount applies to me at my Goodwill store.

    edit: I ran a quick search, and it appears the age considered at Goodwill stores for senior discounts is 55, but it may vary depending on location. You will have to call your local Goodwill store to find out with certainty.

    http://www.seniordiscounts.com/FeaturedDiscounts/Goodwill.aspx

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  14. Bob Edwards

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    Welders cape

    Looks very much like a Welders Cape.

    (http://www.diamondtool.net/p/weldin.../leather-welders-cape-4xl-golden-brown-wo-bib

    although most of the ones I've seen have sleeves and are leather,for obvious reasons. Turning is south TX it would be a little to warm for me. I have a home made apron with velcro collar that works well for me in this climate. I have in the past gone to Goodwill and found cheap light weight "warm up jackets" with high knit collars. These can be cut off as well but may present a safety issue as the material is so light. How dose it go "Necessity is the mother of invention"? Well add a little creativity and wala!!
     
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    That's an interesting look...

    I'd rather have chips down my t-shirt. Just sayin' :D
     
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    :DBrilliant!

    Thanks for the tip. I was just considering which overpriced turning smock to buy.

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    I have not found a turning smock I liked yet.... or and or one in my size...?:eek:
     
  18. Ian Thorn

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    Odie
    Bart said price $3.50 and $4.00 with a 10% discount;)

    Christopher I have a turning jacket from Craft Supplies in provo it has short sleves and fits nice and snug so no chance of it geting in the way

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    yeah next time I am @ woodcrafters I will be checking them out. I always seem to have other things on my mind when I get there go figure...lol
     

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