How early/how late

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Blog entry by twokidsnosleep posted 07-06-2010 02:45 AM 1167 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did some searching to see if this has been covered ad-nauseam on the forum, but didn’t see a thing.
I have a hard time finding time to get moving on the many projects that I want to get going. I am also an early bird.

How early do you start at it with the woodworking machines and how late do you go until you stop?
Do you worry about making a racket before/after a certain hour or not?
I am in a suburban neighborhood and work out of a detached garage, so as well as my family I have people relatively close by.
Just wanted to see what LJ’ers thought.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#1 posted 07-06-2010 02:59 AM

I started at about 15. I expect to go until I die. And I have a rule, I like to have enough room around me to where I cannot see, smell, nor hear my neighbors. If I can’t hear them, then they can’t hear me and my woodworking at any hour.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Dan Lyke

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#2 posted 07-06-2010 03:14 AM

I don’t fire up before 10 on weekends, I may go as early as 8 on weekdays (mostly ‘cause I know all of my neighbors and know they’re out of the house), and I knock off the power tools at 9. I’ve told all of my neighbors to say something if I’m making too much noise, and I keep to these hours even though in my shop (an attached garage), everyone tells me they can’t hear a thing outside.

(Of course in the summer I usually have a door open)

I’m planning a new shop, and that’s going to have insulated walls, primarily for the sound deadening effects.

Hand sanding, or carving or hand sawing I’ll do earlier or later, but only in the shop.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#3 posted 07-06-2010 03:27 AM

My nearest neighbor is a half mile away, so noise isn’t a factor. I always knock off by 2100 for safety reasons. You’re not thinking as clearly after that, so even hand tools aren’t a good idea.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#4 posted 07-06-2010 03:39 AM

My workshop is insulated and no one in the house or outside can hear my tools running. So when I get the bug to work in the shop I do so no matter what time of the day or night it is.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#5 posted 07-06-2010 03:43 AM

I try & be respectful of the neighbors, but sometimes when I’m very immersed in a project the old girl has to come out & bring me in.
You know how that goes when things are clicking and you don’t want to loose the zen.
When you are doing what you love, time flies.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#6 posted 07-06-2010 03:49 AM

I start after I have a cup or three of java, sometimes at 0400, sometimes at 1000. Depends how I feel. I live in the country, so noise is not an issue, and my shop is away from the house so I don’t wake up the bride of over thirty years. Finnish when I feel that mistakes take to long to fix, or I feel that I am becoming unsafe. Often times I will be wiping oil finishes on at 0200 just because I can’t sleep and need something to do. Some of us “older folks” don’t need to keep regular hours. But I have lived in the suburbs with an attached 2 car garage, and would not run the loud stuff before 0800 and after 2100 just to be nice to the folks next door.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#7 posted 07-06-2010 03:50 AM

I don’t have to worry about any neighbors, just my family. When my son is home I try not to use any machines after about 8, although once he is asleep he sleeps soundly so I can sometimes get some late night time in. When My son is not around I love working at night. My dad once said that everything gets more interesting after 10 pm, and I totally agree. I can get a lot accomplished at night, I am not an early riser so mornings are not my favorite time to work.

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#8 posted 07-06-2010 05:09 AM

No hours scheduled, just work when I can. (...and dang few)

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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robert triplett

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#9 posted 07-06-2010 05:56 AM

I live in an area where we all have at least 2.5 acres. I have a few neighbors close to my shop- about 200’. One summer evening one of them came over about 10:00PM and asked me to turn the music down. I had the door and all of the windows open on a hot night and was rocking out! Usually they say they can’t hear a thing. I had my son using the table saw one winter evening and I went to each neighbors yard. I couldn’t hear very much sound from my shop. But, I don’t run a planer or router before 8 AM or after 9:00 PM. Their sound really carries. I do make a point of giving my neighbors a gift of something I make occasionally. I think it’s a good idea to be considerate and get along with my neighbors (except the grouch down the road).

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#10 posted 07-06-2010 06:13 AM

I do all my cutting, planing, noisy stuff during day light hours. I won’t start before 0800 and go til the sun goes down. I do sanding, staining, gluing, etc. at night.

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#11 posted 07-06-2010 02:54 PM

I’m as galootish as the next guy, but this is a case where I’ll play neanderthal.

I’m not so much a morning person, more of a night person and sometimes stay up late in the workshop. When I do this I tend to try and plan out my time a little bit so that I do most of my power tool noise making early on and do more of the hand tool work and assembly type things later on.

I suspect this works for early risers too, but in reverse. Of course…I won’t be personally trying to corroborate this theory as I suspect I’d end up needing to start a new thread on how to even out blood stains on maple or how to operate a smoothing plane one handed. :-)

-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.

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#12 posted 07-12-2010 11:26 PM

Never before 7:00 A.M. or after 10:00. A former neighbor across the street was ripping some ply during the “noise control” hours and got nailed for a very large disturbing the peace ticket…

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#13 posted 07-25-2010 03:15 AM

I’m always concerned about the sound of my tools at night and I always ask my wife to walk by the neighbours houses and see if she can hear them. If not, I work til all hours, if so, I usually stop at 11.


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#14 posted 07-25-2010 03:20 AM


-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#15 posted 07-25-2010 03:36 AM

What you do is build something nice and give one to each neighbor. You can then start as early and work as late as you want. Bribery goes a long way.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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