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#1 posted 03-17-2010 02:00 AM

Spray all metal surfaces with LPS-3, CRC, Boshield, or another well known corrosion preventive compound. (I have used LPS-3 and Amylgard with good results) Do not use just a light oil like WD-40 because it will drain off and evaporate. If you can’t find them at the local home repair center, look for a boating/marine supply place. They will have the best quality corrosion preventives, especially if they are near any salt water. I agree with Roz on adding the Luan or plastic on top for added measure. Spray another coat just before throwing it on. Hand tools and smaller items do well in a metal bucket that has a lid. Spray them down while in the bucket. LPS-3 or heavier stuff like AV-8 is better for the larger items like saw tables, jointer tables, etc. for storage. If disassembling the item and packing in a box, put the parts in plastic bags after spraying.

Detention all adjustment springs and drive belts, and remove all blades (except cutters on the planers/jointers). Belts, guards, etc can often be zip-tied inside the tool housing so you have them when it comes time to put it back in service. Secure all loose or swinging/movable parts so they do not move. This especially applies to things like miter saws, etc. (zip-ties and straps work well for this. Duct tape works but is very difficult to get the glue off later. If you do use duct tape, you will want some Naptha (coleman lantern fuel, etc) to remove the residue when unpacking).

If you store the tools in a tool box, make sure you stick a piece of foam over them in the drawers (best to tape it to the drawer front and back) or they will end up all over the box (DAMHIKT). There is no guarantee that box will stay vertical when the movers are at work. It is better to remove them and box separately.

For the better hand tools, like planes, etc, spray them and then slide them in an old sock (or new ones bought cheap). It will cushion them and prevent scratches and knicks. Wrap in other cushioning materials when boxing them up.

As for selling or retaining the larger power tools, ask yourself if you are really happy with what you have. If you are, then keep it. Quality is going downhill while prices are headed the other way. If you think you would be happier with an 8” jointer, then now is the time to sell the 6”.

I have made moves from NC to LA, LA to Okinawa, Okinawa to CA, CA to FL, and FL back to NC. Try to keep small-item boxes under about 35 lbs. The major tool items will be heavier, but the mover will expect that. Whatever you pack, make sure it is snug and tight. Loose stuff will move and create damage.

The only caveat to the above is that anything PBO (Packed By Owner) means that the moving company will not reimburse you for any damages to whats inside. Make sure your wife realizes this and does not let the movers/packers put that marking on the shipping invoice for anything that they inspect/pack.


Thank you for your service. I did 30 yrs active, so can relate to both the excitement and trepidation. Good luck to you.


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