A Series of Events Pt. II #1: Packaging, Me and Oxidation.

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Blog entry by rpmurphy509 posted 12-15-2007 05:00 AM 938 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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O’ the joys of science and how the world works. Some things are predictable, and others are not.

Since getting the new shop operational I’ve been spending the majority of my time in it
doing some rough carpentry, nothing special mind you, just strictly functional shelves for the
basement etc. So far I’ve only needed to use my table saw, miter saw and a few hand tools
to get the job done. Think dimensional lumber and c grade plywood (functional and hidden).

This weekend we’re supposed to get hit with a winter snow storm, figured since we would be
shut in for at least a day, I would stop by our local lumber store and pick up some specimens
and make a hand plane or two.

Went over to wheel out my jointer and discovered some heavy rust on the bed and a light dusting
on the fence. Guess my packaging for the move and half a dozen disectant (sp) pouches weren’t
good enough, specially with all the ice and rain we’ve been getting of late and a semi-heated garage.

Spent the last two hours scouring the bed and fence with 00 steel wool and some all-purpose
WD-40. Got all the rust off except some ‘stains’. Even tried some citrus cleaner thinking it just
might have been some petroleum based product of some sort (I knew better but was hoping).

Applied a generous coat of paste wax, let dry and buffed off the residue in preparation of
putting it to (hopefully) good use tomorrow on the plane(s). Can’t get a good plane made without
some perfectly flat and square stock.

See you all tomorrow!


-- Still learning everything

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#1 posted 12-15-2007 05:06 AM

Rust is the pits. (No pun intented.) My shop in New Jersey was an unheated garage. and when it was cold and then warmed up with high humity the rust came in bunches.

I replaced my jointer and planer when I moved to Delaware and the shop is heated when I’m out there, but I don’t remember it being colder than 45 even after below zero temps outside.

So I’ve not had a problem with rust here. Knock on metal.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 12-15-2007 07:00 AM

I have noticed that if rust spots are recent and haven’t settled down too deep into the metal a flat razor blade works well to remove quite a bit of rust. For any rust spots which sit proud of the surface it just scrapes them off, almost like a hand plane. I always do this first before hitting it with the 0000 steel wool.

And there is nothin like a thick coat of wax (un-buffed) for long term storage. Those moisture-wicking pouches won’t cut it for long in a cold, wet environment.

Glad to hear your back on track.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#3 posted 12-15-2007 01:41 PM

Very true Blake, I hadn’t intended on keeping the planer wrapped up for longer than a few weeks to be honest. My original intent was to have the shop completely set up the first couple of weeks in the new house. Events conspired against me though, and before I knew it a few months had passed.

All my tools are unpacked and ready to be put to use now, they’re just not in cabinets yet, still need to build those. Perhaps that is what I should be doing this weekend instead of making more tools that will be in need of storage :) Oh well, I’ll have fun either way.

-- Still learning everything

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 12-15-2007 03:09 PM

Rust isn’t one of our problems here on the desert, although I suppose if you let something get wet it will rust as good as anywhere. I just had a thought, when I was a kid and later when the machinery was my own, we would coat the moldboards and shares on the plows with grease when we put them away for the year. In the spring the grease came off as soon as we started to plow and the moldboard was already scoured and ready to do good work. I think if we needed to store table saws, jointers, or any other machine with a cast iron top, it would be a good idea to coat the top with grease (the kind that comes in a tube). A piece of plastic over it would contain the grease and then the grease could be removed when we are ready to resume work with the machine.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 02-29-2008 12:52 AM

RP, those rust erasers that the woodworking outlets sell work pretty good for removing rust. They come in fine, medium, and course grits. Then a light coat of wax or Camilia oil will keep the rust a bay for a while.

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