A woodwork newbie. Issues setting up workshop in non-airconditioned South Florida garage?

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Owamanga wrote:

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Owamanga wrote:

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.
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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.
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On Wed, 14 Jun 2006 15:46:19 GMT, Owamanga

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.
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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 this.
Regards, Roy
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