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Forum topic by startingfromscratch posted 06-27-2010 11:18 PM 1374 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2010 11:18 PM

I think I’m starting to have more than a collection of shop tools and the beginning of an investment in a woodshop set up. I will post pics at some point, but basically, I have half of a rowhome basement (thank God for low ceilings, otherwise we might club it out and I’d lose my shop).

My question is, what should i do about rust? I have some saws and planes to tune up….and it has occurred to me that I will be putting them right back into a moist environment. Everything in my shop at this point has a bit of rust on it.

What should I do about it? I’m considering getting a dehumidifier. Would that work? I don’t have a ton of coin to put into heating it or whatever. Isn’t there some spray stuff I’ve seen talked about?

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 06-27-2010 11:44 PM

Boshield T-9 works for iron table tops i.e. saw, jointer, planers etc.
You can buy it by the gallon or in 12oz spray cans for smaller tools.
Chisels, planes and such can be stored with silica dessicant pads, as well.
For a permanent solution join us in ARIDzona.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Steven H

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#2 posted 06-28-2010 12:10 AM

You may use Johnson paste wax, apply it every once a week.

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#3 posted 06-28-2010 12:55 AM

That has been the one plus about being SUPER-medicated 24/7. Every empty pill bottle means more desiccant. Hooray for spinal cord injury!

-- Come down off the cross, we can use the wood. -Tom Waits

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#4 posted 06-28-2010 01:06 AM

I use Blaster dry lube, for the inside as well as the table top,I even use it on my outfeed table , but I have to admit joining Gene in AZ would do the trick

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#5 posted 06-28-2010 01:22 AM

Investing in the dehumidifier will help, but the other suggestions above, might still be necessary. I suppose it just depends on how damp it is. I live in Alabama (very humid) and my shop is in my basement. The main thing that I do is to periodically coat my tools with a furniture type paste wax and occasionally, I will apply a light machine oil on moving parts. Occasionally, I will still find a little bit of rust on a tool, but usually only on one that has not bee used for quite a while. Maybe that is the key to keep the rust off – use the tools regularly. Duh! It’s so simple.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#6 posted 06-28-2010 02:33 AM

Doc, when you say “tools” do you mean power tools and hand tools alike? I coat my tablesaw with bowling alley paste and it does a great job. Can I get away with doing the same thing on handsaws, planes, chisels, squares, etc.?

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#7 posted 06-29-2010 06:35 AM

Using containers of Damp Rid helps me. I’m on the Eastern Shore of MD and we have high humidity. I use Johnson’s Paste wax on most of the tables as protectant too.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#8 posted 06-30-2010 05:47 AM

T-9 boeshield works great for me. I’ve had huge problems with condensation during big temperature and humidity changes. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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David Craig

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#9 posted 07-01-2010 03:07 PM

I have a basement shop and have a dehumidifier running constantly. The area used to be a pretty moist one but the dehumidifier has greatly improved that. Good for the wood as well, as it keeps it from absorbing more moisture and raising the content. I haven’t had to clean rust off tools for some time. Paste or sharpening oils should work well to help.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#10 posted 07-01-2010 06:57 PM

Go to Woodcraft online and order a couple of this:

For a small sized container, either a drawer or wall mounted cabinet where you keep your planes and chisels

For a larger area (your table saw, jointer) order this instead

I live in SFL and here the humidity is ridicully high, I have the larger capsule in my garage. Protecting my TS and Jointer and whatever is closed enough to its activity radius, (6 feet) and have yet to see any rust anywhere, before I had to keep an eye for the rust, well no more. This product works and it is relatively cheap compared with other available solutions. It has been more than 8 months since I’ve had it.
It is active for 2 years.


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#11 posted 06-05-2011 03:59 PM

Here are two sulutions I like to use because they’re simple. For large surfaces (saw tables, fences and the like),
clean and steelwool or emery paper the entire surface and let it rust lightly. then wipe it down with silicone or other similar product. It pretty much takes care of itself then.

For handtools and smaller things, gun blueing works rear nice then coat with gun oil.

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#12 posted 06-05-2011 04:01 PM

‘Real nice’ of course….actually does nothing at all for the ‘rear’.

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