|Forum topic by leftcoaster||posted 01-02-2016 03:47 PM||573 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
01-02-2016 03:47 PM
I’m a beginning woodworker and am shopping for a bench top planer. I have never used a planer before. The more expensive, quieter models are not in the budget and so I’m looking for ways to get a handle on the noise level.
I do not have a garage other shop space, which has me setting up outside (in Northern California, so pretty OK most of the year). I live in a densely populated area with a small backyard, and I’m concerned about disturbing my neighbors.
My intended usage is very infrequent—I have just a couple of projects in mind, though with success that could grow. I’m limited to weekends and holidays.
Given all of this, I would like to know if anyone has ever constructed a partial enclosure to muffle noise. Obviously the in and out feeds have to be kept clear, along with the dust collector port. I’m wondering if any kind of “cap” (picture a carwash structure sized for the planer, perhaps fashioned from solid insulation) would have any impact? I’d have to turn the machine off and lift the cap to make adjustments, so it’d be quite a hassle and not worth it for tiny gains.
Another thought is some kind of tent, though that would constrain my board length a lot.
Thanks for your insights.