Today, a post showed up on a woodworking forum from a guy living in Florida who desperately wanted to know how to stop his tools from rusting. I can understand that, living in a very humid environment, rust would be a significant problem. So people suggested a wide variety of solutions and things he could do to mitigate the problem.
And he turned them all down.I really hate people like this, people who have a reason why every single thing that people suggest won’t work. This guy is working in essentially an open-air carport that is open directly to the ocean air. Enclose it? No, he rents so he can’t make any changes. He says he can’t afford to buy tarps to cover his tools. He doesn’t want to spend the time coating his tools in wax or other lubricants. What he really wants is for people to suspend the laws of physics so he doesn’t have to deal with rust.
In other words, he’s out of his mind.
The real solution here, considering he doesn’t want to do any of the things that could solve his problem, is just stop woodworking, but I’m sure he doesn’t want to do that either. After reading page after page of people giving him suggestions and him ignoring them, I gave up reading. What’s the point? There are a number of possible solutions to his problems, but if you’re lazy and cheap and just want to make excuses, what do you expect? He wants magic and there is no magic to be had.
Why do people do that? It certainly isn’t the first time I’ve seen it. People want there to be some mystical way to fix their problems that doesn’t involve any actual time, effort or expense on their end. It doesn’t work that way. You’ve got to be willing to put in some sweat equity and some money to get things done. If you can’t, if you’re not willing to, then maybe you shouldn’t be working with wood in the first place. Logic. It’s not that hard.