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Forum topic by jonjohn3 posted 11-16-2016 05:31 PM 605 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-16-2016 05:31 PM

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Hey All!

I am just starting to really get into wood working and as you all know you start collecting a lot of tools!

I currently live in a mother law apartment attached to a house with a concrete area where I have plenty of space to work on my projects. But my issue is storing all the tools, right now I am carting them through my apartment to a storage area where they sit when not in use but I hate having to constantly move the tools around between projects etc.

My question is, would it be unwise to get an outdoor storage container to store my tools outside when not in use? Something like this:

It would give it rain protection and some security but I am afraid of moisture etc. I live in Utah and while its not super humid here it does snow etc.

I would be storing hand tools, power tools, those sorts of things.

Thanks All!

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#1 posted 11-16-2016 10:12 PM

It would be better than nothing. Maybe elevate it so snow melt puddles can’t flood the bottom. You could fill it with drierite pouches.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 11-16-2016 10:23 PM

My ‘shop’ is not climate controlled, so I have to deal with humidity issues. I have found that putting tools in drawers does help. I’m not talking hermetically sealed or even drawers so snug that when you close one, another one opens. Just enough to block the exchange of air. The tools that are left out have more problems than the ones in drawers.

Based on my experience, that type of cabinet would help some, but you’ll still have an issue. It’s somewhere between sitting in the open and being totally enclosed, because the gaps don’t seal well.

My overall solution is to use a protecting oil (e.g. T9) to protect large tools, to put as many in drawers as I can, and bring a subset of tools as well as finishes, etc. into the house during the winter.

I’ve thought about building a cart for the items that go out to the shop and back in. Instead of simple shop storage, it would have wheels. Something like that might work for you.

-- Barry,

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