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#08 “Workshop Heating, Condensation, and Rust”

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Dan asks…

In a future installment, I’d like to see you address some of the issues in dealing with an unheated workshop (fall/winter is coming). What are the concerns with tools? Is there long term damage to the tools when the weather gets cold? When working on a project(s), what are challenges with the wood and suggestions for over coming them, rather than waiting for spring. And finally, suggestions for heating the shop. Pro and cons for various options.”

An insulation and sealed shop will definitely help keep tools protected in different seasons. I would look for portable heating and cooling solutions if a fixed unit isn’t an option. Below are a few links to help with tool protection in the event you can’t control your shop climate.

Tool cover: http://amzn.to/2iyZsUS

John heisz water polyurethane article: http://www.ibuildit.ca/ibuildit-forum/viewtopic.php?id=326

woodgears.ca: https://woodgears.ca/shop-tricks/slippery.html

Knife blank rust test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7ZThs1y8xs

If you have any input on controlling the shop climate, please leave a comment.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Good discussion and some interesting tips. I grew up and then raised a family on the Gulf Coast (we’re talking 400 yards to the nearest salt water). I’m always conscious of the destruction rust can do to tools. Now that I live 200 miles from the coast, it’s better, but there are still humidity and temperature swings. I’ve found Boeshield and similar products do a good job protecting my tools, but I still wipe them down after use. I also use evapo-rust strips in the toolbox drawers.

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