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My house was built in 1840 so it has a stone foundation with a stream that runs through the cellar at certain times of the year. This is where my woodworking shop is. I’m constantly fighting rust in this environment. I’m careful with what I put on planes and steel tool surfaces etc. for fear it will be absorbed into the wood I’m working and affect the finish.

I’d like to hear what products others are using that will give good, long lasting protection but not bother a finish.

-- Joe

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#1 posted 1084 days ago

I have seen paste wax being recommended as rust protection but it has to be reapplied often. I am fighting with this on my lathe since I do a lot of wet sanding on it.

Some people recommend using water cooling when turning Tru-stone (98% stone bonded with acrylic) on a lathe but I can’t imagine splashing that much water around my lathe.

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#2 posted 1084 days ago

Paste Wax reapplied every couple weeks, more often during heavy use. You can also use shellac on your planes and chisels since it is a bit more durable.

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#3 posted 1084 days ago

Lie-Nielsen recommends and sells two different types of oil (Camellia and Jojoba) for protecting hand tools. I use the Camellia oil sparingly but have a relatively dry basement.

Camellia Oil –
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#4 posted 1084 days ago

You could use Top Coat every few weeks or we use cutting oil on our show room to keep fingerprints and rust (being based in utah with the salt air) off our display models.

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#5 posted 1084 days ago

Look at this post. Might be something that helps.

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#6 posted 1084 days ago

I am much happier using Johnson’s Paste Wax after switching FROM Boeshield T-9. JPW is easier to apply and lasts a bit longer. Apply every couple of weeks is good advice.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 1084 days ago

G-96 gunspray by Outers

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#8 posted 1083 days ago

The dehumidifier is a good idea for wet climates but here in Texas the humidity lately has been ~10%. Even with 85+ 100* days you can’t even break a sweat because it evaporates faster than you can work it up!

That said, even here on humid days a dehumidifier could make things a bit more comfortable IF I keep the overhead shop door closed. Problem is that I like to have it open since it is less claustrophobic and helps to control dust levels even when using a DC.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#9 posted 1082 days ago

There is a lengthy discussion on Woodworking Talk about whether or not to use paste wax on tools / table saw beds. I personally haven’t had any issues with it but some people are rather opposed to it.

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#10 posted 1079 days ago

I’m with Mike on this one . . . Johnson’s Paste Wax. If I remember correctly, I got that tip a long time ago with my old ShopSmith.

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#11 posted 1079 days ago

Some people like washing & waxing thier cars, I find I enjoy cleaning & waking my tools. I guess it’s sorta a zen thing

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#12 posted 1077 days ago

Sorry for this sounding a bit obtuse but…......which represents a bigger investment.The tools/equip or the house?I’d be more concerned with the house.Which leads to controlling the environment(as has been posted)as your first line of “offence”........rust prevention is a defensive objective.BW

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