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We’ve in the shop all year round.  Since the shop isn’t heated, our fingers generally feel like icicles during the cold months.  Maybe this year we’ll try out Revco’s Cold Snap line of insulated mechanics gloves.

For the most part, they’re standard mechanic’s gloves; they have a standard grip palm and textured fingers, but they’re lined and insulated against cold.  The downside: you still lose a bit of control because of the extra padding.  Still, they don’t look overpadded like so many winter gloves we’ve considered for the shop.  They look like they’d work for most shop tasts, as long as small screws — or super-fine motor control — aren’t a requirement.

Hey — I’d rather wear snow mittens than stop working in the shop.  Street pricing starts at $35.

Cold Snap Gloves [Revco]
Street Pricing [Google Product Search]


2 Responses to Winter Shop Gloves

  1. Dan Lyke says:

    Got a question on glove wearing in the shop: My fear with wearing gloves around power tools that rotate or move quickly is that it’s more fabric to get caught and twisted in things. I could see using these with working on automobiles or somesuch, but I’d be really wary about using them around woodworking power tools.

    So what’s your criteria for when to use gloves?

  2. JamesBrauer66 says:

    I don’t generally wear them for making furniture, but if I’m doing carpentry with 2x4s and plywood I’ll sometimes wear rubber palmed cotton gloves when I run things through the table saw and miter saw – mostly to avoid splinters. I generally wear at least goatskin gloves when I run about any metal working machines: chop saw, drill press, mill, lathe, welding, grinder, belt sander. Had to go to the ER from a piece of sharp metal one time, so the gloves stay on out there.

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