Storing power tools in an outdoor resin shed

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Forum topic by paxorion posted 10-19-2013 05:58 AM 1476 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2013 05:58 AM

I wanted to pulse the LJ community for some thoughts on storing power tools in an outdoor resin storage shed. My current living situation (townhouse with no garage and limited basement storage) has led me to begin looking for creative ideas as to where to store my ever growing supply of tools. One area that I have had to look is outdoors. Over the past summer, I purchased an outdoor resin storage shed for most of my gardening and outdoor tools, and have wondered if there should be some gotchas about storing any power tools outdoors.

I live just outside Washington DC with relatively mild winters and summers. From my research, it seems that the main caution has to do with starting up power tools when they are cold. Since I do most of my woodworking outdoors, it mostly takes winter out of the picture. On the list of maybes to store in a shed include anything that would require too much re-adjusting and tuning if there’s too much expansion and contraction. What I’ve identified include handheld tools (corded drills, handheld planer), a few benchtop tools and their stands (miter saw), and my shop vac.

-- paxorion

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#1 posted 10-19-2013 06:25 AM

They’ll be fine.


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#2 posted 10-19-2013 07:50 AM

aside from my antique hand planes and other specialty tools all my big machines sit outside in an unheated barn all year round as long as your shed doesnt leak they wont get hurt just make sure to seal any cast iron or high carbon steel with some wax before you put them away

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#3 posted 10-20-2013 12:05 AM

Thanks, it sounds like I have a good plan for my storage problems. Now to figure out where in my yard the shed for tools will go.

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#4 posted 10-20-2013 12:21 AM

They’ll be fine, except possibly from rust in humid DC. I certainly wouldn’t worry about working outdoors in winter either.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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