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Forum topic by cotfessi posted 11-04-2007 07:13 PM 1104 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-04-2007 07:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tools weather

I have a quick question for the lumberjocks community….I live outside of Pittsburgh, PA and we’re getting ready for another winter. This past year saw my little basement shop grow (a bandsaw from a friend’s father, a lathe from my grandfather, and a miter saw from my boss). With the addition of these new tools, I had to move the shop to a new space. I’ve now carved out a bay in our two car garage. The garage is detached from our house, the ceilings are 10ft high and I have a lot more room. Its a great space but a this fall went by way too fast and I didn’t have time to add insulation or heat out there and now it’s really getting cold at night (29F) and the shop is freezing! The garage is concrete block with an attic, but there isn’t any insulation and the doors themselves aren’t insulated very well either.

I think I’m going to keep the lathe the in the basement and really learn how to use that this winter, but I’m wondering about the other tools.. Is there anything special i need to do to protect my large tools from the cold?? The garage is dry and protected from the weather, it’s just going to be cold for the next few months.

Thanks is advance,


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#1 posted 11-04-2007 08:13 PM

The biggest problem is rust. The tools get cold and they you get a rainy warm day and the tools all sweat and rust starts. I use T-9 developed by Boeing for rust proofing equipment in aircrafts. Here is Woodcrafts page

It works fairly well just keep on top of the weather and don’t forget them until spring.

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

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#2 posted 11-04-2007 10:53 PM

I keep my machines waxed periodically – I have a fairly humid outdoor shop…this has done the trick for me!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 11-04-2007 11:17 PM


-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#4 posted 11-05-2007 12:50 AM

thanks for the info… i actually keep t-9 boeshield on all my tables… i was actually looking at woodstoves last week, but it was just too much time to install… my wife broke her leg last month =( and I’ve been caring for her!

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#5 posted 11-05-2007 01:19 AM

Karson and Dorje have suggested good solutions for the table surfaces.

Don’t forget the interior of the machine cabinets. I would also spray the mechinisum inside the cabinet with T-9 as well. (not inside the motor).

Getting some moisture protection such as camphor tablets, will help as well.

One other thing to consider is mice. They just love to build nests in enclosed areas.

I’ve been finding mice nests in the tool drawers in my shop, (which is heated), but there’s never any food in there.

I’ve also found them in my boat, lawn tractor freezer chest, etc…. In each instance they ate through the wiring as did considerable harm.

Just a few things to consider.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 11-05-2007 06:13 PM

Hey Lee sounds like you need a shop cat. I do not like cats much they pull their own in the shop by keeping the mouse population to ZERO.

-- Hope Never fails

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