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Sadly, I am having to leave my beautiful shop in northern Illinois because we are moving to Seattle (into a temporary rental house). Eventually, I'll get a new shop, but in the short term (6-12 months) I won't have much of a shop so all the big machines (tablesaw, bandsaw, jointer, drill press, etc.) are going into storage. The storage is "climate-controlled" but I worry about the cast iron surfaces. I thought that perhaps simply waxing them heavily might be sufficient, but have received some apparently sage advice that something heavier would be a good idea.

The machines came coated with cosmoline (or similar) which was a bear to clean off. I'd kind of like to avoid that, especially as I will then need to wrap the whole surface in something else as the movers won't like wrapping their quilts around something coated in ooge.

Thoughts? Suggestions? TIA, Ric
 

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I moved 3 years ago. Put mine in container storage. BAD MOVE. I have surface rust on every good tool that I cared for . I put automotive wax on mine thinking it wood help. In my case it DIDn't. Hopeful climate controlled will be better, I only hope your tools don't end up like mine ! My furniture container had MICE !
 

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No real world experience with this but just wax doesn't seem like it would be sufficient. Even though the storage is climate controlled, for that length of time I would prepare as if it was not controlled. A power outage, failed climate control equipment, etc. might leave the storage non-climate controlled for a short while.
 

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Good thick coat of paste wax, then cover to keep condensation and/or moisture from humidity off the surfaces. Breathable cotton packing blankets seem to work pretty darn good. Some have commented that placing plywood on top first also helps… cardboard might work as well.

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Brad
 

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When I cleaned up my jointer bed and table saw I tried coating with the Johnson's paste wax and then buffing it off. More surface rust within a week I think? Used the Boeshield acid cleaner then the rust inhibitor a few years ago and they have both been fine since in a non-climate controlled garage in Maryland (well, a few months across the border in PA now as well). So, I don't have a lot of experience but the Boeshield sure seems to be working great, and that's with a surface you can work on so no goo to get all over the blankets or clean off after storage.
 

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I did have plywood on top of table saw.
The rust was underneath.
On my jointer I had made a custom fitted cover from and old lined barbeque cover. It also had rust under this cover.
Maybe cotton blankets would have helped, I initualy thought they might be worse with dampness, never dry out.
 

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Used the Boeshield acid cleaner then the rust inhibitor a few years ago and they have both been fine since in a non-climate controlled garage in Maryland (well, a few months across the border in PA now as well)
Rust-free and T-9?

Rust-free is a solution of phosphoric acid (~30%), alcohol (~10%) and water. T-9 is basically just paraffin wax and mineral oil suspended in mineral spirits. Both are easy to make yourself and you can alter the concentrations to suit your needs. I am not aware of any Boeshield rust 'inhibitor' other than T-9, and for about the same price as a 12oz spray bottle, you can make up a gallon of the stuff yourself :)

The key though is to keep moisture away from the metal, however you do it.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: Phosphoric acid when used on rust will convert it to ferric phosphate, which will act as a protective coating. Same stuff in Navel Jelly and other similar rust converters.
 

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6 months is not that long. Climate controlled is good.

How humid is the area this will be stored? If there was a power outage, I would not suspect a closed up storage unit would start rusting out in a day or two. Paste way or Boeshield should be fine. I wonder if plastic wrap pressed onto the surface would help as well.

I had to send a lot of tools from a storage unit in Texas to Colorado. There was little rust on anything and they were not climate controlled for 4 years in storage. Just opened one of the large tool crates yesterday to find everything in perfect condition (6 years later). Houston sucks. Illinois cannot be that bad.

Wax will last a long time when not being scraped off daily.

Seattle on the other hand will require more maintenance.
 

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A couple coats of paste wax. If you're not using your equip its not coming off. A cover works wonders too. I've had condensation thick enough to bead in spots and found rust on my table saw blade and jointer knives but none on the tables.
 

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I had my cast iron tools in a POD container at their warehouse in storage for 3 years. I cleaned everything as well as I could to get sawdust off of them, used liberal amounts of Boeshield T-9 and paste wax on my surfaces than put packing paper on the surfaces before covering with drop cloths (not plastic). Maybe I was lucky and maybe it was the dry air in Colorado but they came out without a spec of rust at the end.

The paper was dry when I pulled it off with no water marks at all on it. I'm not sure I would cover them with plastic or wood as I would be afraid of water building up between the tool and the barrier. I wanted something that breathed at least a bit. If I thought water might fall on the surface I might cover the cloth drop cloth with plastic however.

Good luck with the move.
 

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I left my tools in climate controlled storage in Dallas for three years. All CI surfaces were coated in lithium grease, covered with cardboard and finally in shrink wrapping plastic. Switches, rubber floor pads, etc. we're all removed so they wouldn't be damaged. I bought treated paper and desiccant to wrap everything else in (motors, power tools, hand tools, etc).
Everything lasted pretty well, but took some elbow grease to get started again.
(Sorry, I don't recall the kind of store where I bought the paper and desiccant. I'm sure it was an industrial supply)
 

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WD40 Specialist long term corrosion inhibitor. If your not using the machine and worried about residue on your wood, this is it. This crazy outdoor saltwater and weather elements test this guy did on different rust inhibitors made a believer out of me. Check it out.

http://www.dayattherange.com/?page_id=3667

- bc4393
This is pretty good stuff.

I know of another test that I did myself which Froglube paste gun lube came out the winner. I tested a whole slew of popular gun lubes for corrosion and left the panel outside in the elements for months. I have no doubt if you set your saw in the sun to warm it some and applied the Froglube paste to the surfaces it would be protected. It's an organic ester wax of some sort. I have no idea what it's effect on wood finish would be but it's not harmful to existing finishes. As pricey as it is I'd stick with something known like WD40 Specialist or similar.
 

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I was out at my storage container again today.
One table saw isn't as bad as it looked.
Other one is WORSE. The mistake I made, I laid a carpet runner upside down on top of the table, moisture leaked through the roof (GREAT THE CONTAINER I BUY HAS A HOLE IN ROOF) soaked the carpet and really messed up the cast top. If I can get back quickly I hope to salvage the saw. We live in apartment, so bringing it here is out of question, taking it to brother in law is also out of question, first words out of his mouth, how much does it way,he collects and sells scrap iron.
 
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