The Samurai Carpenter Shows You How He Made His Functional, Ergonomic Leather Tool Vest—On the Cheap

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I recently ripped the caulk out of six window frames, which required using a half-dozen hand tools in alternation. It was a real pain because I haven't found a good on-body tool storage method; I won't wear tool belts or pouches because I'm a klutz and I'll snag them on the ladder, and I don't like leaving tools on top of the ladder ever since the time I forgot a Crescent wrench was up there and landed on my head when I moved the ladder. So it was up-and-down, up-and-down.

Jesse de Geest, a/k/a The Samurai Carpenter, doesn't like wearing tool belts either. But unlike me, he's a bit of a maker genius, so he handmade his own custom leather tool vest–on the cheap. It is absurdly functional and the ergonomics are all very well-considered. In the following video, he walks you through the features, explains how he fashioned various items, and will hopefully inspire you by just how do-able he makes it all look:

The saw-storage feature sounded crazy to me at first, but the more I think about it, the more sense it makes.

Via Tools of the Trade

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