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I miss my shop in the winter. #2: SPRING!

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Blog entry by gforcegarcia posted 03-29-2013 11:44 PM 1764 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I finally got out in the shop for the first time in 2013! I covered my tools with tarps to slow the winter rust. It wasn’t too bad. A little surface rust on the tables. Nothing some WD-40, T-9, and paste wax couldn’t handle. I also decided to remove the Rockler router table from my table saw. I could never get the height right. It made it hard to cut accurately.I am still going to use the router table, but build a new dedicated base for it. I upgraded my lighting this winter. I am going to try a new machine layout. I want to keep the jointer closer to the planer. Next up I have to set up all the machines. My least favorite job. I can’t wait to get ankle deep in sawdust! I am planning a bunch of projects for this year. I hope it doesn’t get too hot this summer.



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RussInMichigan

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#1 posted 03-30-2013 12:30 AM

I’m in Lansing, MI and I got out to the shop today and started setting up for summer projects. My first task was to reorganize all the clamps that had migrated into the house during the winter. Next, I’ll reorient the machine layout de-rust and get started.

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gforcegarcia

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#2 posted 03-30-2013 12:41 AM

I also found myself making many trips to the basement to grab tools.

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RonInOhio

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#3 posted 03-30-2013 01:20 AM

Us northerners always are chomping at the bit by the time late March rolls around.

Here ya loud and clear. I was putting shingles on my shed expansion Christmas day. Got it all
closed in just in time. Cold set in for a few months. Couldn’t bring myself to go out in it.

This next winter I will have an insulated and heated shop. Went out yesterday and cleaned up the mess
I had from the expansion work.

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Marty5965

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#4 posted 03-30-2013 02:57 AM

I think a heated shop would a top priority for me if I lived in the frozen north. Not so I could go out and work necessarily, but I would want to protect my investment. A few bucks a month to keep the condensation away would be worth it for me. I’m just sayin’

-- Marty, Columbus, OH, learning every day....

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 03-30-2013 03:13 PM

Congrats on getting back out there! Enjoy,,,,

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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ChuckC

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#6 posted 03-30-2013 11:10 PM

CRC 3-36 works well to prevent rust. If you are not in the shop during the winter months leave a wet coat of it (or WD-40) to prevent the rust.

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gforcegarcia

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#7 posted 03-31-2013 04:03 AM

I will look into the CRC 3-36. Where do you get it?

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RonInOhio

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#8 posted 03-31-2013 04:10 AM

Fine Woodworking (Aug 2012 issue 227) did a somewhat involved test using over 21 rust inhibtors and CRC-36 Industrial came out as the best overall. The one drawback is, it does have a petroleum odor. Works great on cast
iron as well as tool steel. No sticky or slick residue.

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RonInOhio

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#9 posted 03-31-2013 04:55 AM

” Where do you get it?”

Its 10.99 for an 11 oz. aerosol can at True Value. Any decent hardware store probably has it.
HD doesn’t carry it.

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redryder

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#10 posted 03-31-2013 07:00 AM

Any decent hardware store probably has it.
HD doesn’t carry it.

That’s funny.

I live in the north. Not the frozen north but the often cold north. I still don’t get people who like hanging out in the shop not having heat of some kind. It’s in my house, my car, my truck and even in my shop.

Hopefully your right..summer is coming….......................

-- mike...............

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Robb

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#11 posted 04-01-2013 10:50 AM

I’m in Holland, MI. I’ve tried a few different things to prevent rusting, and stumbled on one accidentally that works great. When it starts getting too cold to work in my shop, I pull my sawdust catching bin out from under my table saw, and spread a thick layer on all the horizontal cast-iron surfaces in the shop. It keeps the rust off, nearly entirely. I always keep wax on them too, but the sawdust seems to be a great rust preventer. My theory is that it absorbs all the moisture out of the air before it can condense on the metal.

I discovered it accidentally when I was working out in my barn late one season, planing some lumber. I got disgusted with how cold I was, and packed it in without cleaning up. Wherever the sawdust was on my planer, no rust. Where it was exposed, lots of rust.

....and you can’t beat the price! :)

-- Robb

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HopBoy

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#12 posted 04-02-2013 12:01 AM

It was too cold in the shop when i started the canoe…. so i brought inside… in the kitchen…. yes, i’m not married.

It’s a Fox Double Paddle Deck Canoe from a plan by Bill Thomas.

-- Ed "I cut it twice, and the dang thing is still too short."

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gforcegarcia

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#13 posted 04-02-2013 02:12 PM

Now you can do some work on the canoe while you wait for the oven to pre-heat :-)

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gforcegarcia

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#14 posted 04-02-2013 02:14 PM

I will get some CRC 3-36 the next time I get to the hardware store. Thanks for the tips everybody :-)

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