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Forum topic by BlacksheepWW posted 04-17-2010 05:41 AM 1266 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2010 05:41 AM

What is everyone putting on there hand planes and handsaws to prevent rust on them, that won’t affect the finish. My shop is in my basement if that makes a difference.

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#1 posted 04-17-2010 05:47 AM

mine too, i have an AC and in the summer i run it once in awhile but if i’m in there i run it the whole time ever cince i got that it’s been good but my planes i put a coat of parafin wax the soles and cheeks in use and before i put them up i wipe them down and put more parafin wax. this works for me. i have one shoulder plane i just got it’s a veritas and that i have to put regular paste wax on just like my TS,Drill press,Jointer,Planer etc. GOOD LUCK!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 04-17-2010 05:51 AM

Right now I have all my tools in a sealed rubbermaid plastic tub, at least til I get the basement sealed and insulated.

I use a desiccant
and rub renissance wax on the metal areas. Good buddy who works in a sword shop got me a bottle, it is not cheap but works great:


-- Motivation alone is not enough. If you have an idiot and you motivate him, now you have a motivated idiot.

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#3 posted 04-17-2010 07:12 AM

Camellia oil. very lighy oil and never gums. really good for you hands too.

Roy underhill uses mutton tallow. boils his own.

In the summer when it gets seriously hot in California, I leave my planes out in the sun for a few minutes then wax the soles. they zip through wood after that.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#4 posted 04-17-2010 09:00 AM

I just use a good layer of paste wax too. I’m in the UK and my tools are mostly on open shelves in a draughty, unheated garage, and get used no more than once a week during winter, when the humidity is >80% for most of the time. As Rob says, it helps to get them warm before doing this the first time, so the wax gets into the surface pores. I have to use an oven though, not as much sun as in California.

-- John

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