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Forum topic by Walnut_Weasel posted 11-22-2009 04:44 AM 2255 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2009 04:44 AM

I have decided to give up on “budget” tools and instead focus on buying tools that I will be happy with throughout my woodworking lifetime – even if it means waiting. That being said, I have recently purchased a Lie-Nielsen bevel-up jack plane and a couple of Lie-Nielsen chisels (I was able to try them out prior to buying and fell in love – they fit my hands perfectly).

Now I am considering how to store the tools. I don’t get the chance to get in the “shop” very often and I am concerned about rust and corrosion due to the high humidity in this part of Indiana. I was thinking about building a tight fitting, sealed cabinet with descant bags. Any thoughts? What do you guys do? If I use a cabinet with descant, will I need to use oil/grease?

-- James -

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#1 posted 11-22-2009 05:30 AM

CharlieM1958 posted this today and I think it’s great.

Also do a search on this site for “tool storage” there is lots of information here about tool storage

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#2 posted 11-22-2009 05:43 AM

Lee Valley sells chisel rolls and a plane sack.


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#3 posted 11-22-2009 06:54 AM

I imagine the dessicant couldn’t hurt. I have the same situation since my shop-in-the-making also substitutes as a garage for my wife’s car. I’m probably going to bring my tools inside for the winter, and if nothing else toss them in some tupperware. Not sure what to do with the power tools yet.

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#4 posted 11-22-2009 08:09 AM

Dessicant probably couldn’t hurt, but I’ve had a set of chisels and such out in my garage for almost a year now, and nothing to keep them from rusting and have yet to have a problem. And that was even during the typical very humid Indiana summer we had. Just kept them in my tool box and they are still fine. They rarely see use, but still look brand new.

-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana

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#5 posted 11-22-2009 04:14 PM

John – Thanks for the link. I build something similar to this but not nearly as nice!

Rabbet – I have heard of the plane socks/sacks before but I have not heard any feedback regarding how well they work.

Jason – Thanks for the tupperware idea. That will get me through the winter with very little cost!

Jim – I agree with the chisels. My “budget” chisels don’t have a bit of rust. I guess I am more concerned with the cast iron of the plane and figured I would just put all of my expensive hand tools in the same storage.

-- James -

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#6 posted 11-22-2009 04:15 PM

I built a cabinet for my bar clamps, chisels, & planes then put a closet dehumidiifier in it. They come in 4 different lengths and wattages. Works like a charm.

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#7 posted 11-22-2009 04:31 PM

I didn’t know of dehumidifiers that are that small! Thanks!

-- James -

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#8 posted 11-22-2009 04:50 PM

one note is that keeping tools oiled will help prevent rust significantly, even the non-moving parts

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#9 posted 11-22-2009 10:52 PM

I use a small hearter called a “Golden Rod” in the safe. If you use oil, use something like 3 & 1 oil, definitely not WD-40. WD-40 will allow freshly machined steel to lightly rust over night.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 11-23-2009 12:30 AM

Lie-Nielsen sells oil that they recommend for preventing rust during storage.

-- Chuck, Washington D.C.

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#11 posted 11-23-2009 12:33 AM

If it’s a Lie-Nielsen, keep it under your pillow

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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