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Tool Talk Discussion Forum

Keeping tools rust free

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awlknottedup

11-27-2013 15:27:48
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Here in the humid Ozarks tools rust quickly. A recent Finewoodworking article examined several products. There were a couple what worked well and some other suggestions for rust free tools. We just moved into the new house we built over the summer and my copy has disappeared. Does anyone have a copy and could send me the information?




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Scott_S

11-29-2013 06:25:41
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 Re: Keeping tools rust free in reply to awlknottedup, 11-27-2013 15:27:48  
Do you know about which issue it would have been in? I did a quick look at the indexes of the past year and nothing popped out at me.

Scott



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The tractor vet

11-28-2013 20:56:47
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 Re: Keeping tools rust free in reply to awlknottedup, 11-27-2013 15:27:48  
I'll second the bee's wax i have one table saw that is outside under a cheap blue tarp and i coated the table with the bees wax and it is still rust free. I have not had the time to get it down into the work area in the basement yet . This saw will be used strictly for dado's .



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wdtomwd

11-28-2013 08:41:31
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 Re: Keeping tools rust free in reply to awlknottedup, 11-27-2013 15:27:48  
I had trouble with rust on my machine tools until I started not opening windows for the summer. My shop is in a walk out basement and I used to open a window in each end for the summer thinking the air flow would be good. It only let fresh humid southern New England air in to condense on tools. Now I only open a door to get something in or out, keep it closed the rest of the time, rust is greatly reduced. Silicone spray on my jointer and table saw tables to make wood slide better has eliminated rust on these surfaces. Most machine tool supply houses cary a spray on oily-waxy anti rust almost like a grease for this purpose. An oily rag and a wipe down work too.

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60 acre hillside

11-28-2013 07:24:17
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 Re: Keeping tools rust free in reply to awlknottedup, 11-27-2013 15:27:48  
I know it a fire hazard but allowing sawdust and shavings to accumulate around the saw and jointer helps as it absorbs the moisture



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Ellis Kinney

11-28-2013 06:15:25
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 Re: Keeping tools rust free in reply to awlknottedup, 11-27-2013 15:27:48  
I taught shop classes in Louisville, Ky. for 30 years. Every summer when school closed I would coat everything with paste wax, brand not important. Hand tools, table saw, jointer. No cleanup in the fall like if you used oil. Ellis



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CharlieNJ

11-28-2013 05:05:57
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 Re: Keeping tools rust free in reply to awlknottedup, 11-27-2013 15:27:48  
My uncle was a master carpenter, he was born 128 years ago. He taught me to use bees wax on saws and planes and such. Bees wax doesn't affect the finish.



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bill in in

11-28-2013 05:04:50
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 Re: Keeping tools rust free in reply to awlknottedup, 11-27-2013 15:27:48  
Don't use a penetrating oil. Use a light weight, like 10W turbine oil, then give them a coat of Johnsons or Simonize wax. Works well on cast iron, blued (guns), and any other metal. Been doing it for years. The wax prevents rust and also lowers wear on finer finishes by beeping the grit at bay. You may need to repeat more often with things that get greasy and wiped a lot.



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wile E

11-28-2013 04:37:43
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 Re: Keeping tools rust free in reply to awlknottedup, 11-27-2013 15:27:48  
Spray your tools down with WD-40 or a penetrating oil to prevent rust. I have actually thought about getting some wrenches sent out for black oxide, looks cool.



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flembo

11-28-2013 03:41:07
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 Re: Keeping tools rust free in reply to awlknottedup, 11-27-2013 15:27:48  
I used to have that problem until I insulated the garage.



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D beatty

11-27-2013 22:51:58
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 Re: Keeping tools rust free in reply to awlknottedup, 11-27-2013 15:27:48  
If you store your tools in a cabinet you can hang a light bulb in it to help with humidity or use a Golden Rod and it will do the same thing.



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TonyIN

11-27-2013 18:40:32
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 Re: Keeping tools rust free in reply to awlknottedup, 11-27-2013 15:27:48  
I don't have a specific answer and don't want to sound demeaning, but have you checked their online archives? I know Fine Homebuilding has online archives (but have not used them myself). They're both from the same publisher.

Good Luck

Tony



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NCWayne

11-27-2013 17:59:05
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 Re: Keeping tools rust free in reply to awlknottedup, 11-27-2013 15:27:48  
I think the other posts missed the 'finewoodworking' part that tells me your talking about wood working tools, which you wouldn't want to be oily or greasy -vs- mechanic tools will get oily and greasy. That said I don't have a copy of the magazine, but take a look at Uline's site. They have a lot of things that are designed to prevent metal from rusting, from paper and plastic wraps/bags, to things that look like a air freshener type canister that sticks inside of the tool cabiner, etc and work kind of like mothballs by emitting a gas? that prevents corrosion.

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Jim in Ma.

11-27-2013 17:29:59
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 Re: Keeping tools rust free in reply to awlknottedup, 11-27-2013 15:27:48  
I wipe down my tools before I use them, Not after. Works for me



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mlpankey

11-27-2013 17:18:10
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 Re: Keeping tools rust free in reply to awlknottedup, 11-27-2013 15:27:48  
put them away greasy . they are disadvantages to being to clean sometimes.



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old

11-27-2013 17:13:46
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 Re: Keeping tools rust free in reply to awlknottedup, 11-27-2013 15:27:48  
Humid here in the Ozarks what is that LOL. My tools almost never rust but then I do not clean the oil and grease off of them till I am going to use them other then wiping then off with a rag which leaves a coat of oil behind



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