Plumbing a Shop for Air
A simple system puts access to air where you need it and ends the hassle of tangled hoses
Synopsis: Compressed air, like electricity, is a wonderful source of power, says Roland Johnson. And with the right design, even a small compressed-air system can be efficient, effective, and clean. His precise directions help you choose the correct diameter and length of pipe and install it for an efficient system in your shop.
I’ve used compressed air in my shop for more than 20 years. Originally, I bought a compressor for a spray gun and an airpowered sander, but over the years I’ve added brad and finish nailers, a vacuum-bag veneer press, vacuum clamps, drills and routers. Compressed air, like electricity, is a wonderful source of power.
But many compressed-air systems are inadequate. A good one will supply an ample volume of air at a consistent pressure, free of moisture and particulate matter. With the right design, even a small compressed-air system can be effective, efficient and clean. The…