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10-13-2009 02:24 PM

So, I was in the shop the other night sqaring up a few boards on the jointer and my brother was commenting on how he liked the sound of of it running and when you ran boards through it. Now, it may seem a little odd to some but it got us talking about our favorite shop sounds. My favorite sound is from years ago when my grandfather had his sawmill. I loved about every sound it made, from the pony motor used to start the big Cat diesel to that big four foot blade slicing through logs like butter. What are your favorite shop/woodworking sounds. I know you gotem lets hear about them!

-- Scott, South Carolina

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#1 posted 10-13-2009 02:50 PM

the swoosh of a plane on soft wood.

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#2 posted 10-13-2009 03:21 PM

I have to go with planing with a hand plane. Second is the chainsaw milling wood.


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#3 posted 10-13-2009 04:55 PM

hand plane too

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#4 posted 10-13-2009 04:59 PM

So far, I’ve gotta’ go with the joiner, too. It has a really smooth whirrrr to it!

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#5 posted 10-13-2009 05:22 PM

I like the sound of silence. When it is silent and you can focus in refining a design that is priceless.

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#6 posted 10-13-2009 06:09 PM

I think I have to agree with Mario, although I don’t mind the sound of any of the handtools although I agree that the handplanes are best. When I was a kid on the farm, I loved the sound of someone chopping wood at a distance when it was otherwise quiet out.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 10-13-2009 06:10 PM

For several years all I had was a little direct-drive Ryobi table saw that screamed like a banshee. So now, flicking the switch on my Ridgid contractor saw and hearing that smooth whir is music to my ears.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 10-13-2009 07:57 PM

My friend has restored an antique motorized Bucksaw that was powered by a Whitty kerosene engine. It made this very irregular “pop pop shhhsh” noise when running (and it was running smoothly too.) as it pushed and pulled the Bucksaw back and forth. The operator would place this large, sharp Bucksaw on the log and gravity would do the rest! The fuel tank sits on top of the cylinder head, leaking kerosene down into the sawdust below. OSHA would’ve loved this thing!

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#9 posted 10-13-2009 08:03 PM

I like the sing of a fine plane on wood and the first sounds my three sons made when they were first born,not necessarily in that order.

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#10 posted 10-13-2009 10:25 PM

Dadoo, that reminds me of how much I like to hear those hit or miss engines!

-- Scott, South Carolina

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#11 posted 10-13-2009 10:27 PM

I like the sound of “Yes Dear” when I ask loml if I can buy something. lol


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#12 posted 10-13-2009 10:40 PM

Okay favorite shop MACHINE sounds, or shop sounds sans machines?

The whoosh of the dust collector, combined with the scraping swirling sounds of debris spinning in the Thien Cyclone… It is REALLY noticable when working with the lathe… The sraping swirling sound is almost like a moracca…

Favorite non mechanized sound? Hands down has to be hand plane.

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#13 posted 10-13-2009 11:58 PM

I like the sounds of all my equipment… I realize I am in the company of many who like the sounds in the workshop as much as I do. Would not be dead for quids.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#14 posted 10-14-2009 12:27 AM

1. Favorite sound: either a hand plane (specifically thinking of my shoulder plane) or of small finished wood pieces clattering together (made some building blocks…like to rattle around the spares.)
2. Least favorite sound: By far Bandsaw.
3. Just to add: favorite smell: freshcut Walnut.

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#15 posted 10-14-2009 03:36 AM

You know…...your right about that bandsaw thing. Not a pleasant sound.

-- Scott, South Carolina

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