Rust accumulation

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How do you guys keep rust from accumulating on your handtools? I’ve been tuning my hand planes, stick them in a cabinet and I t seems like in no time rust stars forming on the sole. The cabinet is open to the rest of the garage, so it doesn’t really protect them. I’ve tried oiling and wax with limited success.

I have a similar problem with my power tools. I wax them, but it seems like an ongoing battle.


-- Mike

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Spray some dw40 on your tools after work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

I guess the thing I don’t like about WD 40 is that it contains silicone and that can hang around the shop for every and mess up your finishing. Sorry too disagree Mike.

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

I’ll have to make/create some sort of enclosed cabinet for the planes to use the Silica Gel Packets, but good idea. I have tended to agree about dw40 and have always steered clear of it with my tools. I didn’t know if it was an old wives tail of if there was any truth to it, so I decided to look it up just now.. from their sight:
“While the ingredients in WD-40® Multi-Use Product are secret, we can tell you what it does NOT contain. WD-40® Multi-Use Product does not contain silicone, kerosene, water, graphite, or chlorofluorocarbons "
They appear to have a new line of stuff one is a rust inhibitor
In either case, I would hate to have something on my tool that would mess up a finish, so I may have to do some experimentation. I can try it on one of my crap planes (versus a good plane) and see how it works. It does dry, so it seems like if I rub the plane against some wood without any cut after it has dried would be the worse case for transfer.

-- Mike

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker