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. To make a hanger for a try square. 1 started with a long piece of scrap. (It's easier and safer to work with.)

First, rip a kerf centered on one edge to hold the blade of the square.'lhen ait the piece to fit the length of the blade. Now. screw it to the cabinet.

To keep the try square from sliding off. I also added a small keeper block behind the handle.

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Reducing Too! Noise oisc is a fact of life in mo« shops. And let's face it, even though you can insulate yourself with a pair oi hearing protectors, the high-pitched whine of a router or table saw slill carries throughout the house (and sometimes even to the neighbor's).

To avoid disturbing die peopie around me (and being forced to close down shop early in the evening), I've been experimenting with different ways to put a damper on the tools that generate the most noise.

METER. As a starting point. 1 wanted to get ;m idea of just how noisy my tools were to begin with. So I bought a "r.oise meter" from a local electronics store (see photo at right).

This meter measures the intensity of the sound in decibels (dB). And since this iulensily usually increases as you make a cut. all of the readings were taken with tlie tool in operation (see the chart below).

BENCHMARK. Although this gave me an initial noise level that served as a "benchmark," 1 was surprised by one thing. There wasn't as much of a range as I'd expected between the decibel readings of a relatively quiet tool (a drill press for example) and those of iui "ear-buster" (like a table saw).

SCALE. To Jind out why, 1 called a local hearing specialist. 1 Ie said dial the scale used to measure dccibels was loga rithmie. What this means is dial a slight increase (or decrease) in the decibel reading has a much more significant effect than you'd lliink.

For example, for every 3 dB increase in the reading, the intensity of the sound actually doubles. So, for example, if one shop vacuum spikes 90 dB, two shop vacuums would top out at ft! d Bon the meter.

Understanding how the scale works is oner thing. But when it comes to dampening tool noise, the real test is to use die scale as a measuring stick to see (or hear) w'nat works and what doesn't.

MULTIPLE SOLUTIONS. What I've found is that there's no single solution that's going to dramatically reduce the noise level oi the tools in your shop. But there are combinations of little things you can do that soon add up to produce a quieter shop.

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