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Forum topic by Oldschoolguy posted 12-10-2019 08:37 PM 319 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-10-2019 08:37 PM

Hey y’all, Hope everyone has been good for Santa this year. I purchased a hybrid TS over the summer. Due to a very small workshop I’ve been keeping it outside underneath the carport. I live in the Triad area of NC. where high humidity is a consistent problem. A couple of weeks ago I had to remove some rust spots from the table. After cleaning the rust spots, I then sprayed it with WD-40, lightly wiped it off and covered it with an old linen sheet. Today I felt the sheet and it was extremely damp. Any suggestions on keeping the moisture from the table top would be appreciated. Thanks all.

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#1 posted 12-10-2019 08:56 PM

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#2 posted 12-10-2019 10:41 PM

- MrUnix

+1 put on a heavy coat,it’s what ive always used.

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#3 posted 12-11-2019 09:47 PM

My micro shop (225 Sq Ft) has a lot of cast iron, including TS, band saw, hand tools, drill press, etc. And this is on the Oregon Coast where chloride salts in the air will rust and corrode just about any metal other than stainless steel and copper. Here’s have I kept the rust away…..

1. Keep the tools in an air tight shop, using weather stripping and caulking during construction.
2. Keep temp in shop above the dew point. My small shop is so well insulated I just use a space heater on auto when I’m not there, and keep it 58-60 degrees. This keeps moisture from precipitating out on metal
3. If high humidity, buy an adequately sized dehumidifier
4. Keep Johnson paste wax, as shown above, on the metal surfaces. Every 6 months or so, I use 320 grit wet-n-dry sand paper in my small 1/4 sheet palm sander and using WD-40, I sand the surface of the TS, Band Saw, Drill Press and Jointer, wipe down, let dry and apply the paste wax

Work slides over these surfaces the way it should :-)


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