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    The happiest moment since i discovered woodworking a couple of years ago was when I found a cheap, big cellar a fem minutes from my apartment to wich I could move my in-appartement workshop and finally start working properly without disturbing the neighbours. The new workshop is the bottom floor in a regular appartament building and looks like a normal apartment(in a stockholm suburb at least) with linoleum floors an regular size windows and plaster walls.
    I have done my best to keep the sound from bouncing too much but yesterday when I was banging out a recess for a chest lock a neighbour from two stories above knocked on the door and asked me to stop banging because his kids woke up with every beat. The landlord is aware of what I do and the noice I make so that probably won’t be a problem but I can’t keep working when knowing that I am depriving 3 kids of their sleep. Eventualy I am will try to get a hold of another workshop but for now, does anyone have any tips on how to cuchin my bench without loosing to much oumpf when chopping? I can’t do much about the actual noice but the complaining neighbour and I both agreed that the sound traveled along the concrete so maby some sort of carpet or bitumen och whatever.
    Give me all yout tips and tricks, I really can’t afford to pause woodworking right now. By the way, I have a full time job and kids at home so I can’t really do anything about the hours in the shop, evening and weekends is the only time I can actually work.

    Thank you all wery much and regards fron stockholm

    Ken Johnston

    buy soundproofing tiles and attach them to the ceiling and the walls. Soundproof the walls not the bench. Had a similar problem with working in my garage. Kept waking the kids since i get to work only in the late evenings. these are the ones i purchased (

    and i attached them to the walls and the ceiling boards with a spray adhesive. cost total around $1500 but the kids no longer wake up and the neighbors stopped complaining when i spin the table saw up at 11pm. might be less if your space is smaller then my 3 car garage. you may be able to use a light stick adhesive so that if/when you decide to move the tiles can be readily removed without much damage to the underlying wall or the tile. they are basically foam and fairly light weight.

    Salko Safic

    The only way I know of to dampening noise when chopping is to use a rubber mallet, I’ve never tried the one Paul uses but I like to use one used for panel beating. It has a soft and hard faces, it leaves no marks on timber so it’s good for assembly, a little heavy I think but if your working late into the night that would be my option
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    Thomas Angle

    I with civilenginerd, some acoustic panels is the way to go. I found this DYI that might work.

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    If soundproofing is cost probibitive, you could drill the mortises and pare clean would work on dovetails as well just a different way of looking


    Thank you all for your replies. I baught some panels and found a heavyweight cloth to absorb some noice. Also putted some bitumenrubber thingies to pad the legs and therefore the vibrations into the structure. Seems to have little to none effect on the oumpf in the bench when chopping. So far no more complaints but in a couple of days I’m chopping lots of through mortices so then I’ll know for sure ?

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