I have had some complaints about the number of tools kept in the house cupboards
so am considering leaving them down the unheated shed. There are no drawers or
cupboards in there - just shelves. I keep small tools (needlefiles etc) in
biscuit tins with the old anti-rust paper (forget its name).
The better hand tools, currently in the house, are saws, chisels, set squares
and planes. I am thinking that the plastic bins available in the sheds for
household storage might be ok if filled with old oily jumpers etc. What do
Secondary question about putting my power tools there - mostly in their plastic
carry boxes (drills, grider, sander) - any problems with damp affecting the
I've heard of using a bucket of salt to remove the moisture as it's
hygroscopic, attracts moisture, but it sounds like hassle because you
have to keep replacing the salt, or dry in out. If you power in the
shed a small dehumidifier would work well. I use one in my garage but
they don't work below about 4degrees. The WD40 rags and some
ventilation could work reasonably well. Wooden shelves and toolboxes
create less condensation than steel ones in my experience. Don't have
the shed totally airtight (unlikely).
I don't have the problem very much any more, (heated workshop), but
there are a few techniques:
- For the lower grade tools, a wipe with oil of some kind.
- For the better tools use camellia oil because this is effective but
does not cause problems if it gets onto materials being worked.
- You could make a cabinet (or buy a DIY store kitchen cabinet for
about the same money) and install a small light bulb in it - 40W is
enough. Drill holes in the shelves to allow air circulation.
This would also be OK for power tools. I wouldn't put them in a damp
and unheated shed.
My car chrome vanadium spanners etc had not minded that much, other items are
prone to rust and need to be covered with WD40. I don't leave items such as my
plane or my micrometer screw guage in the garage.
I've not had any problems with power tools (after 20 years), mostly the metal
parts are copper which does not mind that much
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