I used to live in the deep south, and I had no problems. No A/C, no
dehumidifier, windows open... Use TopCoat (or something similiar) on
your iron surfaces, and wipe off the sweat the drips from yourself LOL.
Made it through a lot of 95+% humidity summers. Still have most of the
same tools now.
It sounds like the main problem is that it'll be too hot for me to be
in there for any length of time - especially during the summer. I
don't mind being hot but it quickly gets to the point where you can't
see due to the sweat dripping into your eyes.
A window mounted A/C a couple of people suggested won't fly with the
HOA unless I can conceal it completely, but one option would be to
open the door connecting the house to the garage and let the central
air try and cool the garage. Not sure how effective that'll be, (a fan
or two could be positioned to help out) or what damage that might do
to my house A/C in the long run.
fan and the garage door open it is tolerable. If you are working
outside I find one of those big "market umbrellas" is a handy thing to
keep the sun off me. I usually do take sanding, sawing and router work
outside if I will be generating a lot of dust and chips. I can then
simply hose the stuff off into the grass.
I had the same problem with the Biddie Society last year. Had to be out of
sight, so no window unit
allowed. I didn't want to cut a hole in the wall about a foot above the ground
to house a large
window unit. So after 7 summers of sweating on my table saw and watching the
rust form during a cut
(well, maybe that is a SLIGHT exaggeration) with the thermometer and the
humidity both in triple
didgets, I'd had enough. I sprung for a small central air unit, and have not
regretted it one bit.
(Well, maybe a bit, as that A/C replaced the good cabinet saw I'd been saving
for.) Window units
are cheaper, but I am very happy I spent the money. It was 96 when I got home
last night, 85 in the
shop. 15 minutes later it was 78 in there, and I was merrily pottering about
the shop admiring the
lack of rust on everything.
I still wax tools out of general principle, but have found I can leave a plane
on a shelf or the
chisels on the pegboard without them turning an orange color. I'm about 25
miles WSW of downtown
Houston as the crow flies. We've got another 90-120 days of this sort of
weather this summer before
we can expect the next cool front and low humidity. These are days that would
have mostly been lost
to woodworking in past years because the heat and humidity took an awful lot of
the fun out of it
for me during the summer months.
If you use your house A/C to cool the shop, be prepared for lots of sawdust in
the house. Assuming
no leakage to the outside, the cfm you blow into the shop for cooling will also
flow back into the
house to the A/C inlet. The sawdust will flow with it. SWMBO will not be
pleased. Trust me on
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