|Forum topic by JSOvens||posted 08-19-2014 05:34 PM||1306 views||2 times favorited||16 replies|
08-19-2014 05:34 PM
Hi fellow LJs,
I have recently started down the road of acquiring hand tools, beginning with a Veritas LA block plane and a Stanley No. 4 and 5 which I have mostly finished rehabbing. I plan to add more items such as a hand saw or two and maybe a couple specialty planes – although I wont be building up any large collection in the near future due to funding limitations.
I was wondering if anyone could give some advice built on experience regarding how to best protect my investments from rust. Here is some more background:
1) I live in the Vancouver, Canada area, which according to their weather stats had an average relative humidity of 75%-80% over the last year, with minimums and maximums of about 40%-100%, respectively. It does rain quite often here. Temperature-wise, the climate is quite mild.
2) My shop is in my garage, temperature and humidity control of this space will not be an option.
3) Assume I am a weekend woodworker – I will have little to no time to use these tools during the week. I also still do quite a bit with power tools, so dust will always be a factor.
I have of course done some research and have thought of a few ideas:
1) Using WD-40 to block out moisture – this does not work. I also tried coating with Minwax paste wax afterwards, but tiny blooms of rust still appeared.
2) I heard Boeshield T9 and GlideCote (formerly TopCote) are quite favourable, but are really only good for long term stretches where it wont be used. Anyone with a different opinion? Does a week-long stretch count as long term in this case?
3) These corrosion inhibitors from Lee Valley:
Anyone have any experience with them? I do plan to build a cabinet to store these tools, so needing an enclosed space is okay.
4) GoldenRod ‘dehumidifiers’ (glorified resistance heaters really):
I am a bit concerned about possible safety issues with a product like this.
I apologize for the length of this post, I figured more information about my situation and background would lead to better suited solutions.
Thanks for taking the time to read and share your opinions,
-- Jeffrey S. Ovens, Canada