Q&A: Rx for Rusty Tools
A: Rust is the curse of all woodworkers, but you’ve got three weapons at your disposal. First, lower the amount of water vapor in your shop’s air with a dehumidifier. Second, isolate your tools in small drawers containing reusable packets of silica gel. These packets absorb moisture in the air and can be renewed by heating in a microwave oven. Third, coat your tools with oil,wax or volatile corrosion inhibitors (VCIs) emitted by strips you can stick in a drawer. You must renew oil and wax coatings often, but the VCI strips do the work for you for up to two years.