Static cling.....wait, what???

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Forum topic by farmerdude posted 03-01-2014 10:42 PM 993 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2014 10:42 PM

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OK, this is not a laundry question. However, I do have a clingy problem. This winter is the first time this has happened. On my chisels and hand planes, the fine shavings are clinging to the tools. They can be brushed off with a flick of the finger, but it occurs again on the next cut. I live in Maine where it has been quite cold this winter, but not much more than normal. We have had a lot of below zero days lately. I heat my shop with a wood stove, and have for many years. It usually gets down into the lower twentys in the shop at night, then during the day the stove quickly gets it up into mid to upper seventies. If I push it a little too hard it may get into the low eighties, that’s when I prop the door open for a while. The chisel rack, and the plane till are both made of wood. There is nothing I can think of that is different from any other winter. This is not really a problem, just slightly irritating. I’m just curious if it has happened to anyone else.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#1 posted 03-01-2014 10:54 PM

Put a magnet to the shavings and see if it sticks . The wood could have grown in a soil that was very rich in iron.
If not you have some static electricity going on. Ground the tool and see if it still happens.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#2 posted 03-01-2014 11:27 PM

Put a pan of water on the wood stove. It may raise the humidity a little in the shop and reduce the static electricity.


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#3 posted 03-02-2014 07:05 PM

I will try these suggestions next week, thanks jocks.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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