Wisdom passed down
I was speaking with my dad tonight and had asked what he did with his old RAS and tablesaw. He said they were stored over at my sister's place in her basement, but said if I wanted them that I was welcome to them. I was hesitant as my shop isn't climate controlled like her basement/house. He said he didn't have a problem with me keeping them "as long as I kept a piece of paneling on top of them when they aren't in use."
Asking him what he meant, he said that with the climate changes from hot to cold, the metal will draw moisture, but the bare wood of the paneling will suck up any moisture that may condensate before it has a chance to do any harm to the metal.
Keep in mind, he also waxes the tops and takes care of them as any of us do, the paneling is just an extra insurance against any condensation issues. He's stored his for years that way and for the past 10 or so hasn't used the tablesaw much. It looks as good now as it did the last time he used it.
To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault