How I Maintain My Air Compressors

I work around a lot of other contractors and shops. One thing I have observed is that air compressor maintenance is something that it is often overlooked. This is really surprising, because poor maintenance not only affects the compressor itself, but it also affects the tools that rely on it to operate, and poor air quality can really mess with your finishes if you have a spray system that runs off the compressor. 

This video is not intended to be the definitive "All About Air Compressors," rather, I am sharing my habits for maintaining the 3 air compressors that I have. I also think that what I do is very effective and it increases the miles I get from my equipment. Generally speaking, most of my equipment has served me well for a long time.

Let's face it, woodworking tools aren't cheap no matter if you do it as a hobby or as a professional and I need to make them last as long as possible. 

At the beginning of the video I put my new shop sticker collection on display in a unique manner. I hope you enjoy that:)

A big shout-out goes to Mike Kapotsy for getting me started on the sticker swap and for the t-shirt which I proudly wear in the video. You can check out his YouTube videos and follow him on Instagram.

Another shout-out to the SoCal Woodshop for sending me one of their logo t-shirts. They are a collective of woodworkers sharing a shop space, pooling their tools, and collaborating on projects for clients. They are a good follow at Instagram. 

Here's the Feature Presentation: How I Maintain My Air Compressors. 

I hope you enjoy it as well as find it interesting and helpful. 

Your friend in the shop,

Todd A. Clippinger

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How Spring Joint Tension Releases

Have you ever considered how spring joints create tension in a glued up panel? And how that tension might be released if you cut into that panel?

In this video, my good friend Nick Pancheau explains how the tension in his conference table top reacts, as he cuts a long rectangle into it, to install an illuminated light panel. 

We did not figure that the top would move much, but the big concern was that the wood might pinch the blade since we were doing a plunge cut. The biggest issue here would be that the saw might kick up out of the cut and damage the top. 

I know there are other woodworkers that may have had this question in mind, and I thought that it would be a good time to share the information with you, using a live project. 

I hope you find the information in this video helpful in your woodworking journey. 

Thanks to Nick for sharing this project and experience with us!

Your friend in the shop-

Todd A. Clippinger

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Reinforced Mounting Lid For The Dust Deputy

Since I did the Dust Deputy Review in Episode 27, I have been getting questions and have decided to answer them publicly with a video so everyone may benefit from the answers.

In this video I show how I reinforced the 5 gallon bucket lid that I mounted the Dust Deputy to.

In Episode 28 I gave information to help the woodworkers decide which shop vacuum size might be the best to use with the Dust Deputy.

Here are the last 2 videos:

Episode 27: Dust Deputy Review

Episode 28: Choosing A Vac For The Dust Deputy

I hope you enjoy and find it informative.

Your friend in the shop-

Todd A. Clippinger

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