The gloved woodworker
The good folks at Duluth Trading Co. dropped these gloves off at FWW a year ago, and I took them home to do a short review for our Tools & Materials department. At the time I thought, sure, they are inexpensive ($12) and comfy, and they’ll work well when I go out to buy rough lumber, but are they really shouting to be included in the magazine? No, I thought, there are other tools that will do more to improve our readers’ woodworking lives.
Well, I might have been wrong. I’m not sure if Duluth’s Everyday Work Gloves are any better than other lightweight work gloves in the marketplace, but I find myself wearing these comfortable, grippy gloves more and more. It started when I went out to buy a load of ipé this fall for a front-porch rehab. I was getting slivers galore from these super-hard and super-heavy boards, until I went back out to the truck and found these gloves. When I got home to my own shop, I just kept them on for the milling process. I could hoist and wrestle the big heavy pieces without fear of cuts and splinters, and the leather grip areas actually helped me control the pieces better on the jointer, planer, and tablesaw.
More and more I find myself keeping these gloves on, especially when working with big pieces. It doesn’t hurt when the shop is a bit cold, too. They are thin enough to allow me to grab screws from a pocket, but thick enough to protect my hands. With their stretchy back, they fit my hands closely. Of course I take them off for fine work, and any time they could be caught by a spinning bit. But they sure are handy when sorting through piles at the lumberyard and milling boards to size in the shop.
Gloves. Who knew?