Others noted re Si, etc. Another possibility would be to cover stuff at
night w/ permeable tarps...these can help. Best bet is to climatize the
shop if possible.
Unfortunately, I can't in the barn where mine is now set up, at least
until can finish closing in and put in some interior partitions and
A fan, running 24/7 for going on four years, is one of the best rust
preventatives in my un-air-conditioned shop. May not work well in all
climates, but it works like a charm here in Houston.
On that note, I occasionally looked after the machined surfaces in an
air-conditioned shop, less than two miles from mine and with no fan, for a
friend (divorcee) who was constantly battling rust in the shop her husband
Once she installed and kept a fan, running, her rust problems diminished to
the point that she could handle it herself with occasional applications of
Any new husband is going to be grateful, and not just for it being rust free
... the shop is 3200 sf, with a resident forklift! :)
Problem w/ the barn is, well...it's a barn! :)
Isn't tight, and original portions never will be...but it's best I got
at present until get it finished and have time to enclose an area of the
loft as a permanent shop area...so, I cover stuff up when it's going to
snow 'n blow as now, or rain w/ <real> wind....we're normally arid so
just air-induced surface rust isn't too much of an issue except in cold
weather (such as now) when condensation can be an issue. There, the
cover minimizes problems as well.
There's enough draft normally through there a fan would be of little
difference plus I don't like to leave stuff running out there even if it
is "just a fan" w/ the various varmints that can and do inhabit the
place either permanently or show up at night...
Merely remarking on my solution/experience down here in the much less arid
Gulf Coast. While I wasn't recommending a fan for your barn, particularly
knowing where you are, I'd bet that my shop is almost as "drafty" ... IOW,
and except for the roof, the "climate" outside, is generally the "climate"
Never gave it a thought. She's still single, and still my wife's best
I'll admit that if I wasn't so satisfied with what I have, it would have
been pretty hard to take seeing someone handed a dream shop, with an easy
$100K investment in tools, wood and supplies, not including the building
itself paid for, and then watch them piss it off, after making a half dozen
pens, from a kit.
There was _nothing_ left to want in that shop ... and the best of
everything. But I am still of the mind that having all that dropped into
your lap would have ruined the fun of it, at least for me ... then again,
very little of the equipment would have even fit in my shop.
I was aware of the shop for about two years, had heard stories about it and
the equipment, but wasn't invited to see it by the idiot in question because
he "didn't want anyone to see it until he got it organized."
Next thing I know I am cleaning up two years worth of rust on equipment that
most of us here would have given our eyeteeth for.
And to Leon: you're right .. it's off of Kirby north of Bisonnett. I posted
information here about her sale of wood and other items about a year or so
back, so if you went to that sale, you'll know what I am talking about.
The toy situation is a bizzare story in itself ...
A big Delta commercial DC, Delta 8" jointer (not a DJ-20, I would have made
her an offer on that despite not having the room, and the fact that she's
been such a good and kind friend to our family that I simply could not bring
myself to reap any benefit whatsoever from her misfortune), Delta band saw
(>14" but I can't recall the exact model), and some other smaller
woodworking items are all apparently being rented by the current tenant.
From what I understand, that might all change relatively soon, though.
====================EVERYONE is going to advise you NOT to use Car wax.... since they
usually contain selicone...
However I restore and show cars and honestly I have not found the
"perfect" car wax YET... so I have at least a dozen brands of car wax
in the garages SO guess what I use on my Table saws etc....YEP
whatever can I reach first...
Never had any problem "finishing" my projects ... again I will use the
Johnsons or Butchers waxes is what everyone will recommend I bet...
BTW...I like Zaino or Finish First for my cars,.... both sell for a
little over a hundred bucks a gallon however ... nothing is cheap that
works good.... lol.. .
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