: Silvan asks:
: >The only room I've got to play with is a 10x12 shed whose doors don't seal
: >very well. Except for my bicycle, I've ejected everything that isn't
: >shop-related, though I still tell the kids to "take this to the shed" about
: >half the time. :)
: >My spanking new (March-ish) drill press is starting to rust already. The
: >upper bit of the column is getting a light speckling, there are a few dots
: >on the chuck, and the moving bit of the, um, quill? is getting quite
: >disturbingly rusty.
: >I oiled everything down and used 0000 steel wool to buff out the rust, but
: >it's an on-going battle. Everything in my shop that isn't in the tool
: >cabinet wants to rust. Not fast rust, but I keep an old metal toolbox full
: >of clean motor oil and dunk/buff most of my tools periodically to stay on
: >top of things. (The cabinet isn't big enough to hold everything.)
: >So how do I put my drill press in a cabinet? Would a tarp help, or make
: >things worse? A wool blanket? Build a plywood box for the thing? :)
: >I seem to recall that this problem stems from moisture condensing out of the
: >air onto the cool metal surfaces.
: You're forgetting one step. Remove the oil, coat with non-silicone paste wax,
: and buff it out. Do this at least twice if you've really got rust problems.
: Then keep fairly good track of use, and when the wax starts to wear off,
: Or you can try TopCote or Boeshield T-9. Both are more expensive than paste
: wax, but you really don't need all that much unless you've got dozens updon
: dozens of cast iron tools.
: HTC makes a cover specifically targeted at tools. I've found mine to work
: exceptionally well.
: Charlie Self
: Facts are stupid things.
: Ronald Reagan
Charlie I am glad you mentioned the HTC covers. I was looking at them and
couldn't decide if they
were worth it or not.