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crazyoldcougar 
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Posted: September 23, 2006 at 9:30 PM / IP Logged  
my old apartment building strangely enough had a wood shop and paint booth in the basement...and is was in our lease that we could use it when ever we wanted a long as we did a stupid little safety program..
when i did work on stuff in my apartment used to get yelled at for hammering in finishing nails into my dresser...it was to funny that people would complain about a little bit of hammering going on, when the rest of the building was still under maitenance construction/ renovations...
Jg saw would be far quieter...
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I say sandpaper. It would be the quietest.
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yea that is about to be my problem in the future i am about to relocate and right now the nicest things are apts. till i can find a house that will suit me so i am trying to find an apt that has a garage that way i can put everthing in there and go out side and work on it so far i have only found one apt like that and it is 1200 a month trying to find something cheaper
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Alright, so I've got myself some equipment over this weekend! :-) Went to Home Depot and bought a DeWalt 5.5 amp heavy-duty jigsaw (Model# DW317K) for only $99. I also needed a drill, so I bought a DeWalt 3/8 inch Heavy-Duty VSR corded drill (Model# D21008K), and that was only $59! Just tried it all out on a leftover piece from a computer desk I had, and that jigsaw cut it like butter!!! Very nice, smooth and straight cut :-) Although, it is a bit louder than I expected, definitely louder than my vacuum cleaner, but not too awful...with the ease it cut that piece, it shouldn't take more than 15 mins to do all the cuts for a box. The drill works real good too, even quieter than the jigsaw. Hopefully I have time this week to start working on the real thing...hehe :-) Oh, and I never hear my neighbours...never their music, vacuum cleaners or anything else...just late at night I might here some men's voice talking, but that's about it...and that comes from upstairs. From sides never ever heard anything, and underneath is underground parking, so I think I should be ok here...especially if no one ever comes to complain ;)
vbel 
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torquehead wrote:

When I remodeled my appartment one time (it took 3 days to re-trim the island and bar), I borrowed my parent's home stereo system. I made ALL of my measurements for the trim and supports and marked each and every piece of wood to be readied to be cut. I waited until late morning, cranked the stereo, and got to work. I dont know if everyone was at work, or they thought I was some kind of heavy metal freakshow that listened to acid rock and power tools and was too afraid to bother me! BUT, only a few girls stopped by asking "What in the world do I do with my spare time?"....ill end this by saying I married one of them a year later...LOL

Good luck by the way, the jig is definately quieter....

That's awesome stuff! Although, I don't think my girlfriend will approve that :-)
vbel 
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Posted: September 25, 2006 at 10:11 PM / IP Logged  
auex wrote:
I say sandpaper. It would be the quietest.
How about water? My friend works at a kitchen factory and they have a machine that uses water to make cuts. Now I need one of those! :-)
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Posted: September 25, 2006 at 11:35 PM / IP Logged  
The equipment would probably be to big to fit. Hey natural rotting would be the quitest, yeah thats the ticket.
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torquehead 
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Cutting pressure vessels ROCK!!!!!  The ones I have seen sound as if they are run by a 1000HP generator or something!  And the water is shot out of a thin cut die plate, its sounds like a sick squeeling elephant or something!  ....except, the one Im talking about was an industrial sized unit that was about the size of  3 Escalades.  Uh, ADD moment, anyway, back to the conversation.  Glad you found something that was accomodating to your noise ordinance.  I hate to see a fabrication soldier down. 

Also, dont forget....   Put a powertool in each of your girlfriend's hands.....then get the camara ready while telling her she looks Super-Sexy-Smooth-HOT!!!!!  Reminding her to pose accordingly....works every time!!!!

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have you started the project yet?  hate to have to clean up mdf dust in an apartment.
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tackbradley 
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sandpaper?...water?... just use your teeth! that would be quietest and 2nd as a dust collector. haha ok seriously...anyone in NY and wanna rent a garage?
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