I live in a humid, warm environment (Houston, Texas). We air-condition
everything down here, but it will be a while before I have an air
conditioned shop. In the meantime, its not too practical to keep my new
table saw in the house. I want to do what I can to keep its cast iron
surfaces from rusting. It comes with all the surfaces oiled. Of course
that's a no-no for dealing with wood. I suppose I could wipe it down with a
light oil regularly and wipe off the excess. What about waxing? Is that
reasonable? Any experience would be appreciated, especially from people
living in soggy areas along the gulf coast.
Let them rust - look up some gunsmithing refs on a "browned" finish.
In that climate there's no way you're going to keep it silver. So give
it a hand to develop the smooth dark brown colour of a few decades
patina, but more quickly. This is a much more stable surface to
maintain in a useful condition. Your wood doesn;t care what colour the
table is, just that it's clean, smooth, and not covered with a loose
Bob I live near Sugarland in SW Houston, I have been woodworking seriously
for 25+ years. I fought rust until I started using TopCote. I tried the
wax, the covers, and the other concoctions. I'll stick with TopCote.
Where in Houston are you?
I live in Central Florida. I have been really busy this summer and the
WW has not been what I would like. Soon that should change. I use Top
Coat. It is easy and it seems to work. I have no rust on my TS or
other surfaces. I spray everything with TopCoat.
I don't thing anything will stop rust unless you put a heavy coat of
cosmolene or Boeshield T-9. Of course this makes a mess every time you want
to use your saw. I have used wax and now use Top Cote. Both will allow
some rust. I find that the more you use the saw, the less the rust. But if
you are an occasional user, short of cosmolene, you need to check the saw
every couple of days and keep up with the light rust.
BTW, San Antonio is pretty humid, too.
The problem with living along the humid coast vs. a humid place like SA, is
that the humidity along the coast is normally salty also which tends to be
more aggressive. Automobiles and metal buildings with a southern exposure
to the gulf winds suffer more than the ones farther from the coast.
I live in Charleston SC and it is pretty humid here also. I use Johnson's
paste wax and Boeshield. My tablesaw sits on my carport and is exposed to
pretty wide ranges of humidity. You can get Boeshield online or from a boat
place like Boater's World.
Charleston huh, you're the closest poster I'v seen in a while. I had my old
talblesaw in the carport, before moving, and the tarp I covered my works in
progress with did wonders for keeping rust off. Now I have a shed^H^H^H^H
shop that needs more attention to keep the rust off the surface. Maybe if
I posted No Rusting signs on the outside?
in the unincorporated Berkeley County part of Summerville
If you keep the saw table slightly warm, it won't get condensation on it.
Try a bolt on heater or house a low wattage light bulb under it. This
should work in theory, but I've not used the technique for this purpose
before but it works for frost protection. Might be worth a try. When I use
light bulbs as heaters, I always use 2 so I'm still protected if one fails.
On the surfaces where the wood doesn't contact, try a wax antirust coating
as used on classic cars. UK product is called Waxoyl but others should be
available. These cling and penetrate into small gaps where 2 pieces meet.
Ask at classic car meets.
I use a gun care product called RIG. It has NEVER let me down. Wipe
off before cutting if you need to. Really good stuff. Check to see if
it contains silicone-don't think it does. I have used everything and
only this has never failed. Top Cote is probably as good but I can't
afford it. Break-Free did not work as well as RIG for me.
On Thu, 25 Sep 2003 10:53:59 +0100, "John Manders"
My current shop is in Houston and none of my tools have ever rusted. I
attribute it to no air conditioning, heat, or insulation in the shop,
TopCote periodically applied to machined surfaces, and keeping a fan running
on low 24/7.
The whole idea is for the outside and inside air to always be at parity, and
to move air around inside the shop to discourage condensation if it's not.
My friends/acquaintances with air conditioned, tightly insulated shops fight
I might try the fan idea, 'cause the parity thing ain't workin'. My shop
doors seal poorly, and there are several substantial gaps in the walls.
The place leaks air like a sieve, and there's no climate control or
I forgot to wax my new chisels. Now they're all rusty. All it takes is one
cool night. :(
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I'm not going to turn the fan off to see if that is what makes the
difference, but you might give it a try ... I can see the outside through
gaps in the wood siding of the shop and the single garage door has gaps
around it and is not insulated. My chisels have never needed to be waxed.
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