No matter where you look, it seems as if every woodworking catalog or store carries a wide selection of tool belts. Some are rather simple affairs, with just a few pouches that connect to your regular belt and offer a small amount of convenience, while others are full-blown carpenters’ rigs that could keep you working on a roof all day.
Many woodworkers that I have run into don’t use a toolbelt. But, that Norm Abram guy who works on that long-running TV show wears one every time he’s in the shop. Some people see them as essential, while others believe they make them look like Dwayne Schneider – the ultra-creepy yet loveable maintenance man from the 1970’s sit com One Day at a Time.
So, where do you fall on this issue? Are toolbelts essential shop equipment, or would you only put one on if you were roped into framing out a new room by a do-it-yourself neighbor?