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04-19-2014 08:37 PM

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I have a detached woodshop from the house. When I go out to do a little wood altering the first thing I do is turn on the tunes and then the dust collector starts up followed by the table saw or the planer or the spindle sander and then maybe the shop vac to clean up a bit.

My question is, if this is anywhere near your routine, what is life like up above?? Do the spouse and family wear ear plugs or just turn up the TV and hold onto thier drinks so they don’t go sliding off the table while you alter wood or have you built yourself a bomb proof shelter where no one can hear your toys and breath your dust???

-- mike...............

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#1 posted 04-20-2014 01:08 AM

Even in a detached insulated garage shop some 35 feet away I can’t run my Dust collection Foley-Belsaw planer or Craftsman jointer if people intend to stay sleeping.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 04-20-2014 03:31 AM

At my house in the city and in town I didn’t have a problem running certain tools. Table saw was quiet enough as was the large shop vac, dust collector, sander and lathe. The dewalt planer and router were too loud to run at night but not a bother in the day. At the house in the city it was in the basement with 2nd story bedrooms and insulation in the basement ceiling. In town the shop was on the second floor but the room was off set from the hallway with insulation in the wall between it and the shop and the closest bedroom wasn’t used.
Its actually being in the country that it is slightly more of an issue, my father-in-law is staying in an RV for a while about 200ft from the barn my shop is now in and he’s commented on how loud some of the tools can be, that’s with the barn door shut and he’s half def. Just seem to get a lot of echo here that makes all noises louder and my neighbors aren’t that far away and have kids so I do have to keep the noise down a little at night more now then before.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#3 posted 04-20-2014 04:13 AM

Can’t say as I give a dern. The wife knows where I am and what I’m up to. Peace of mind fer her I say. As fer the neighbors… I work from 9-10AM till about 3-4 PM and most of those bastards are at work. :))))

-- Mark

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#4 posted 04-20-2014 06:16 AM

My shop is in my attached garage, rather have a separate shop but that’s the way it is.

I typically stop work in my shop around 9:00 PM and don’t start before 9:00 AM to not disturb my neighbors. The only tools that create enough noise to bother my neighbors are the planer, shop vac,and table saw in that order. My drill press and CNC are my other stationary power tools don’t make enough noise to bother anyone just like my handheld power tools.

I moved my belt/disk sander outside a long time ago to keep the dust down in my garage so I can’t use that when daylight is gone and I wouldn’t do that as it is a very loud tool.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 04-20-2014 03:24 PM

my closest neighbor is about 200 yards away, and the wife cannot hear the dust collector in the house which is 30 yards away, if I go outside with the DC running I just hear a humming, so the insulation works just fine. I live over 10 miles from town, so no problem there.

-- Smitty!!!

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#6 posted 04-20-2014 04:46 PM

I haven’t got the insulation in or the rock up yet, but when I’m done, I could probably run the 3hrs saw, 3 horse saw, routers and so forth all night long and not bother the neighbors.

One trick I learned was, block as much air movement as possible. Caulk is cheap and I caulk the seams where siding and Tyveck meet the bottom and top plates. Since sound is just air movement, this, alone, make a huge difference in how much sound escapes the shop. Once the insulation is in and the rock is on, I should be safe from annoying my neighbors.

I’m looking at going to mineral wood insulation, since it’s more dense than glass and absorbs sound better. In the past, I’ve added extra layers of rock, which helped greatly.

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#7 posted 04-21-2014 07:05 AM

My shop is a attached front drive garage. The neighbors on either side are about 10 ft. away & one of them works night shift. I used to be very careful about the time that I spent in my shop until I woke up to the fact that neither neighbor worried about inconveniencing me….especially parking motorhomes & large recreational 5th wheel trailers blocking sight lines in both directions making it very hazardous to back out of my own driveway. They did so despite my asking them to not block sight lines with their toys. Now I don’t give a damn whether my shop noise bothers them or not, & certainly always too busy to fix kitchen drawers that their kids have used like ladders to reach upper cupboards or help lay laminated floors etc.,etc.


-- Lee

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#8 posted 04-21-2014 10:41 AM

Kelly is spot on.
I thought I had great idea running the exhaust off my dust collector outside. It made an awful sound and now I’m reworking that plan.
I’ve got most of the other annoying sounds under control but this is a good topic.
Thanks for starting it.

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#9 posted 05-06-2014 05:59 PM

For my two dust collectors, and once I have the perfect place for them established, I’m thinking of building a box over them for sound dampening. They’d still need air outlets [back into the shop], but even the chintzy mufflers for vac’s help a little.

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#10 posted 05-16-2014 11:37 PM

Nice topic. I am blessed, and very grateful to have the shop I do. These past 2 months, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to expand my 15’x29’ shop to a 23’x29’ shop space. My garage is detached from the house. Like I said, I’m fortunate, and grateful, it is a 4-car. Now, except for about a foot and a half, 2 whole bays are now my wood shop. Golly, it’s gr8! My day starts out, walking out of the house to breath in some nice clean, and fresh morning country air on my way to my shop. Open the door, flip on the lights, plug in my “beeper” (HF Driveway Alarm $11 bux,....& works gr8), to let me know if someone comes into the garage. Next is open the interior door that is the entry, (1 of 2 actually), to my shop. The 2nd door is at the other end where my wood rack is located for ease of loading new lumber hauls. (which will be a while…......I have, well, I’m a gloat and went krazy a few years back, (in the right place at the right time), and bought many hundred bf of Cherry, Oak, Walnut, and Maple. Sorry, got off track there. Anyhoo, next, after walking thru the entry door, I flip on WAKY (oldies station), or Country, or Rock n Roll music. Next place my cup of water (which I always have on me, on the desk, remove my glasses to replace them with my shop glasses that have my ear plugs hanging on both side of my shop glasses temples. Next, well, whatever is on the agenda, and, play, play, play, till lunch, then go in & eat, then head back out till supper, to call it a day. OH boy OH boy, it is so much fun. OH, and if I’m gonna cut any wood, I’ll now put my nostril filters in my nose. They’re also awesome. I will hope that everyone will Work, and Play safe, as safe as can be, while in the shop. WHEW! This wasn’t meant to be a Novel.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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