Free 186 More Best Homemade Tools eBook:  
Coupon code for 40% off membership: SUMMER24

User Tag List

Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: 34. Wax that steel

  1. #1
    Supporting Member Make Things's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2018
    Location
    Midwest, USA
    Posts
    364
    Thanks
    26
    Thanked 690 Times in 233 Posts

    Make Things's Tools

    34. Wax that steel


    Save 40% on Membership

  2. The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to Make Things For This Useful Post:

    carloski (Sep 11, 2022), Inner (Sep 11, 2022), lsb (Sep 2, 2022), nova_robotics (Sep 3, 2022), old_toolmaker (Sep 3, 2022)

  3. #2
    Supporting Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2018
    Posts
    2,232
    Thanks
    10,558
    Thanked 1,179 Times in 636 Posts

    nova_robotics's Tools
    Probably not a bad idea. I generally wipe my tools down with way oil periodically. I figured since it was nice and sticky it would protect my tooling. I was wrong.

    I poured a new foundation for a piece of equipment in my shop a couple weeks ago. I left the garage door open for 12ish hours, and there was a big soaking wet concrete pier (that I kept watered) for about 3 days. The humidity is controlled by two dehumidifiers, but with all that wet they couldn't keep up. EVERYTHING I owned developed a patina of surface rust. All of it. Even 20 year old lathe chucks turned brown. I nearly cried.

    2,000+ Tool Plans

  4. The Following User Says Thank You to nova_robotics For This Useful Post:

    old_toolmaker (Sep 3, 2022)

  5. #3
    Supporting Member old_toolmaker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Location
    Cape Coral, FL
    Posts
    579
    Thanks
    647
    Thanked 451 Times in 183 Posts

    old_toolmaker's Tools

    Dehumidifier in the shop!

    I have a dehumidifier running in my shop 24 hours a day seven days a week. If it is not needed it just shuts down. It never runs in the winter.
    Dick


    Links to some of my plans:

    https://www.homemadetools.net/forum/...965#post105972 OFF-SET TAILSTOCK CENTER PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/s...995#post112113 SMALL TURRET TOOL POST PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/l...994#post112111 LARGE TURRET TOOL POST PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/m...383#post110340 MINI-LATHE CARRIAGE LOCK PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/s...191#post106483 SMALL QC TOOL POST PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/q...849#post119345 QUICK CHANGE LATHE TURRET
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/m...949#post119893 MINI LATHE COMPOUND PIVOT MODIFICATION

  6. The Following User Says Thank You to old_toolmaker For This Useful Post:

    nova_robotics (Sep 3, 2022)

  7. #4
    WmRMeyers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Posts
    885
    Thanks
    405
    Thanked 366 Times in 252 Posts

    WmRMeyers's Tools
    Quote Originally Posted by nova_robotics View Post
    Probably not a bad idea. I generally wipe my tools down with way oil periodically. I figured since it was nice and sticky it would protect my tooling. I was wrong.

    I poured a new foundation for a piece of equipment in my shop a couple weeks ago. I left the garage door open for 12ish hours, and there was a big soaking wet concrete pier (that I kept watered) for about 3 days. The humidity is controlled by two dehumidifiers, but with all that wet they couldn't keep up. EVERYTHING I owned developed a patina of surface rust. All of it. Even 20 year old lathe chucks turned brown. I nearly cried.
    My former employer had probably 800' of iron pipe rails for the clothing on hangers to run through the plant on, and about that much again in the various storage areas. They kept cases of Johnson & Johnson Paste Wax in stock for the the ladies who worked there to wax the rails. Every day, before they started work, they'd wax all the exposed rails, and as they exposed more railing, they'd wax it too. This stuff gets a lot of weight on galvanized hangers run across it every day of the week. We averaged upward of 20,000 pounds of new laundry every day. Most of it got hung up, and pushed across those rails. It works pretty well if you keep up with it.

    Bill
    Last edited by WmRMeyers; Sep 3, 2022 at 06:29 PM.

  8. The Following User Says Thank You to WmRMeyers For This Useful Post:

    nova_robotics (Sep 3, 2022)

  9. #5
    toolkribkeeper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2022
    Posts
    28
    Thanks
    13
    Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by old_toolmaker View Post
    I have a dehumidifier running in my shop 24 hours a day seven days a week. If it is not needed it just shuts down. It never runs in the winter.
    In the humid area I live in... Near the gulf coast I had a dehumidifier in my home recording studio mounted over a fibreflass washtub,
    with a .875" hole drilled an inch below the top, fitted with a 7/8" hose connector, leading any overflow thru a 1" id hose thru the wall
    near the floor to the outside of the bldg.

    Prior to adding the hose I was emptying the 2 gal tub avg 4 times a week.
    But....not once after adding the overflow hose...

  10. #6
    Content Editor
    Supporting Member
    DIYer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    3,055
    Thanks
    779
    Thanked 1,859 Times in 1,659 Posts


    Thanks Make Things! We've added your Metal Surface Protector to our Miscellaneous category,
    as well as to your builder page: Make Things's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:






    2,000+ Tool Plans

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •