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Just got this month’s PW and in it was a letter to the editor about preventing rust. Megan answered saying use was an excellent means of rust prevention, regular oiling, and for long term storage, petroleum jelly is a good idea. All good answers, but in my opinion, missing a few details:

Climate control:
If you have a humid shop, you are going to get rust. So control your humidity! Consider using a dehumidifier (basically an air conditioner) to control the humidity in your shop, even when you’re not working there. Expensive you say? Let me ask you: How much did you pay for that set of Lie Nielsen chisels again? What about your planes? Wenzloff saws? Carving tools? Antique moulding planes you paid extra for because they were in good shape? How long did it take you to find that pristine bedrock #8 again? You get the message. If you have nice tools, you have to take care of them.


 

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