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Forum topic by Willeh posted 874 days ago 1216 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Willeh

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874 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question plane chisel

I’m planning to reorganize my workshop to make better use of the space. As i’ve been moving towards hand tools, I need to dedicate less space to bulky powertools that get infrequent use. This should give me an excuse to build a new bench (yay), but first, i need a home for my growing hand tool collection.

I want to build some sort of wall-mounted cabinet for holding saws, planes and chisels etc. Where I live, we get a lot of humidity in the summer and a a very cold dry winter (the shop is the garage on my house and is not heated). My main concern is building a tool cabinet that will help prevent my tools from rusting. Understanding that wood typically retains some level of moisture, what can i build the surfaces where tools sit (especially the plane soles) out of, or line them with, or coat them with to prevent rusting?

I typically try to keep a coat of paste wax on anything sitting for any extended period of time, but i want to go that extra step.

Any tips/advise are greatly appreciated!

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "


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Don W

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#1 posted 874 days ago

places like cabelas sells a dehumidifier for gun cainets. I don’t know why they wouldn’t work for tools. I have one in my gun cabinet and it works well. If memory serves me they are under $50.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#2 posted 873 days ago

You want to use one of these, anti-corrosion emitters, available at Lee Valley:

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Mainiac Matt

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#3 posted 873 days ago

VCI emitters and Desiccant work very well…...

Just like would do in a gun safe.

There is also a plug in dehumidifying bar called the Golden Rod that is quite popular with the gun safe crowd.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Mainiac Matt

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#4 posted 873 days ago

I suspect you can get the VCI emitters cheaper from a packaging supply outfit, like U-Line

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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