How to care for wood working tools

Homeowners, even apartment dwellers, sooner or later are faced with a few minor repairs – or the desire to make some improvements.

Fixes or modifications require some basic tools. Many are all-purpose tools that also serve as wood working tools. Because these basic tools are so common we do not always value them. They get thrown into some dirty toolbox and are forgotten until the next project comes around to collect dust and dirt. They deserve better. Give them some care and they will serve you well for a surprisingly long time.

Keeping your tools happy requires only a little ongoing care after each use. It does not take much time or effort.

  • Keep your tools clean and rust free.

Metal objects, especially those made from iron and steel, are a prime target for rust. It makes the tools harder to use and look ugly. Care for your metal tools by cleaning them with a rag you sprayed with a little WD 40 or a similar penetrating oil. This removes dust and other deposits that attract water. Water and air are necessary to form rust.

The oil on your handy WD 40 rag will adhere to the metal surface and protect it from the two. But it must be renewed on a regular basis to remain effective.

  • Inspect the tools regularly.

Develop the habit of inspecting your tools after every use. This will alert you to coming problems and keep them in top shape. All tools need a readjustment in regular intervals to stay in top condition.

  • Buy only quality tools.

Quality tools are made from better materials. They last longer. They need fewer adjustments. The price range for tools can vary greatly. Avoid the cheapest and the most expensive ones. The happy medium is often the best solution.