Wednesday Construction Update

The construction projects here are moving along.  The landscaping crew has been here over a week and are making great progress.  Soon we’ll have a nice new hill and patio area.  Here are a couple of shots of early progress:

View of the hill looking into the backyard. This was two days after starting.


This area is being leveled for my marquetry workshop.

Getting my workshop up and running is a slow process.  The building that will go in the area pictured above won’t arrive until March and then I’ll have a lot of work to do to get it setup.

Currently the garage space looks like this:

Current state of the garage workshop. I actually have a couple of tools I could really use.

At this point most of the tools are on carts and I have moved enough stuff into the house so I have some workspace.  Not much but some.  Some of the tools pictured here will be going into the workshop shed when it arrives.

But the big news is the arrival of my full shop dust filter:

This was a major project. This is the shop air filter. It removes particles down to 1 micron and will help keep the dust out of my lungs. It also weights close to 65 pounds making it a beast to attach to the wall.

With this and the dust collector I can now actually run tools in the garage without covering the whole place in sawdust.

Slow progress, but still progress.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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24 Responses to Wednesday Construction Update

  1. Loreeebee says:

    What are the plans for the hill, landscaping wise?

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  2. Baydreamer says:

    Your backyard is awesome, and you’re right, progress is progress. Patience is a virtue. 🙂

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  3. How exciting! Your new yard is going to be gorgeous.

    What brand of dust filtration system did you buy? A dust filtration system is coming up to the top of my wish list, now that our workshop is finally (after 3 1/2 years) almost operational. Someday (dare I hope?) I might even get back to my wood lathe…


    • I got the Jet 1000CFM system. I feel it’s worth the money. I’ve worked in shops that have one and liked it. It’s likely over kill for my small space, but you really want to have this in addition to dust collection on the machines. I hung the thing myself, but it’s really a two person job.

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  4. Christi says:

    You have your own hill? Impressive!
    Looks like you chose a great home for retirement, with lots of projects to keep you busy. 🙂

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  5. Debra says:

    I’m so glad you shared the photos. It’s a big project. You must be tired at night, Andrew. It will all be so well worth it. Congratulations on making progress!

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  6. Well done on your progress, Andrew, and the arrival of your shop dust filter.

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  7. jfwknifton says:

    That looks quite a construction project! By the way, if that’s a nest box, it needs to face north or the babies may well die from the noon temperatures.

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  8. WOW! Excited for your new yard and work space.

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  9. Dave says:

    Nice fit on that air filter, using the space between the wall and your garage door track. Didn’t know they made such a robust device for personal use, but understandable given the way you describe the conditions with woodworking. Looks like you had to add a dedicated circuit too, so “beast” is the right word.

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    • I added 4 circuits to isolate the loads for the machines. Dust collection has its own circuit. The air filter system is a small industrial unit that a lot of pro-woodworkers buy. I decided it was worth the cost to have it for my home shop.


  10. siskinbob says:

    Looking good 👍

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