How I Get Away With Loud Power Tools in my Apartment Workshop

How I Get Away With Loud Power Tools in my Apartment Workshop

In this video I answer the most common question I receive on my videos: How I manage to have power tools and make noise inside my apartment workshop and not completely annoy the neighbors.

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20 Replies to “How I Get Away With Loud Power Tools in my Apartment Workshop”

  1. Justin, I used to have a 6,000 square foot shop with a 52 inch wide belt sander, horizontal panel saw, 10 hp ripsaw, two 5 hp shapers and big cyclone, and 8 or 9 cabinetmakers and installers. That was before you were born. Now I work in half my garage with a bench lathe, bench drill press, bench bandsaw, portable table saw. Luckily my neighbors haven't complained. Yet.
    What surprises me is nobody commented about the pretty blonde! Are we woodworkers more interested in dust collection than a good looking woman? Actually I was married to a former Miss Florida for 17 years. Some of the best years of my life.

  2. Jason, you just answerd the very question I wanted to ask, but didn't. Yesterday (December 28) I watch your video on dust collector mods and did a double-take when you opened your presentation with something about my apartment workshop.You are definitely da' man !!!!!!!

  3. Great stuff, Justin! I'm enjoying your videos! Just came across your channel. For this one, you could also make some stuff for your neighbors (cutting boards, phone stands, etc.) to get on their "good" side. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. I find when my machines are the loudest is when I'm actually cutting through hard wood or using hammering tools. Turning the power tools on is different loudness completely to when you will be using them for cutting.. the sound levels increase dramatically.

  5. Your cyclone build came up in my feed and in it you mentioned living in an apartment. My first question was how tf 0.o?

    12 hours later this popped up ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    ๐Ÿ˜ณ stop creeping YouTube

  6. You're so lucky. I swear there isn't even insulation between me and my neighbor's. Just two pieces of drywall. If the dude doesn't close the bathroom door, I can literally hear him taking a piss. Ugh.

  7. 60db in the hallway isn't bad, but you could install accoustic material used in a music studio on the shop door and that same wall. I bet all the db levels wood drop significantly, even with thed dust collector and a tool running. You could sound proof mord walls to drop it even more. If you still aren't happy with that you can build boxes around the tools., plus put sound proofing material inside of the boxes.
    The soundproofing material on the door and the hallway wall should satisfy the neighbors.
    Do they even know you have a shop in your apartment?

  8. Well done, A good demonstration of the sound deading qualities of old lathe and plaster walls from different locations in the apartment. It also helps to explain why so many contemporary apartments with sheetrock covered walls are poor at sound deading.

  9. Hey man, love your videos ๐Ÿ™‚ just a quick tip, using low rpm motors decrease sound level a lot, that might be a useful tip too:) BTW, you might want to change dust collector's blower with an induction motor to reduce some dB's, Mathias wandel has nice videos to watch for dust collectors..

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