[quote quote=313948] Any thoughts on how to keep the noise level reasonable? [/quote]
Sharp tools, good clamping to a object with high mass, and sell anything that runs on power. And look into how sounds travel in the kind of building your working in.
I’ve put my workbench on dense rubber foam pads. It’s probably not an ideal solution, but it did miracles to dampen sound projecting into the floor. With some added weight to the bench, its not horrible to work at.
Tapestry on the walls helped too, that reduced the echo in the room; shorter noise is less annoying than long ones.