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Oops! Rusty Shop


Rusty Shop


Before leaving town for the weekend, I made room in my garage shop to stack the 500 bd. ft. of freshly cut red oak that I’d just acquired. I aimed a fan at the stack to help circulate the air, so the boards would dry evenly while I was away. When I returned, I got a big surprise. I don’t know how much water 500 bd. ft. of green oak contain, but I can tell you that enough was released in a single weekend to saturate the air in my shop and create a layer of rust on every metal surface of every tool.