I started a wood working hobby a few months ago of which the loudest tools are my stereo, a table saw, and a router. I've had some passive interest from neighbors as they drive by, peering into my garage to see what I'm working on - but no complaints about the noise or anything. I only operate the loud tools during mid-day on the weekends so as to make as little impact as possible. I also align the tools so that saw-dust is blown into the garage and I shop-vac it constantly to make sure I'm not letting dust escape.
The incident for discussion:
I was in the process of building a table on Sunday and began working on it around Noon. The loud tools were in use on this project (table saw, router). Around 4:00pm, a neighbor that I'd never seen before came over. I shut the router off, took out my earbuds, and his first words were, "Really?"
I thought that he was joking at first so I was cordial and explained that I was building a table for our dining room.
He was instantly angry (I suppose he was angry from the beginning - it just took me until now to catch on)...and he shouted "It's 4:00pm, ON SUNDAY, ON MOTHER'S DAY!"
I didn't really know how to respond to this statement and simply said, "yes...I know..."
It's at this point that he yelled that he was trying to enjoy his dinner and couldn't because of the noise and he threatened that, if I went back to work, he would call the police.
I attempted to deescalate the situation by introducing myself and holding my hand out to shake - an invitation that he did take. I then said, "let's come to a compromise. I'll break for a bit and then continue with the garage door down. How long will your dinner be?"
He then continued to yell, repeating that it was 4:00PM ON SUNDAY ON MOTHER'S DAY!
My wife had heard his shouting and was already in the garage by this point. She stated that I'd break for the day and the angry neighbor left.
The problem I need help solving:
I'm unsure how to move forward with this neighbor. Up until yesterday, I had never met or seen the man. Had he come over and simply asked me to quiet down, I would have (it's not my intention to be a neighborhood nuisance).
I would like to approach my neighbor to reiterate that, should he have an issue with my noise making in the future, then he should absolutely come by so that we can work out a good compromise.
However, I also want to make sure that it is absolutely clear that he understands that the level of aggression and hostility presented yesterday to me and my wife will not be tolerated and that there should be no reason why any interaction cannot take place with civility.
What sort of tactic/strategy would you use going into this interaction so as to extend the proverbial olive branch, but to reinforce that his behavior was uncalled for and will not be tolerated?
Edit to respond to comments:
Noise making is, indeed, a very culture dependent thing. In my locale, the law is fairly liberal on behalf of noise makers - operable time of day is 7:00am through 10:00pm and only the major holidays are exempted.
As stated above, I do not work during the week (not getting home from work usually until after 5) and this is my cut-off hour on the weekend as well.
The incident boils down to a neighbor being very upset over my noise making on a day that he viewed as more sacrosanct than I. Now, I admit to being unaware, and some may say, callous to his view. This is why I want to make amends.
On the flip side, my neighbor's overtly hostile and aggressive action was, in my mind, never an appropriate response. His attempt to use aggression and intimidation tactics, especially in front of my wife, is completely unacceptable behavior and it's this point that I also want to emphasize while resolving the situation.
I appreciate the insights given here and the different perspectives. If there is anything else that I can clarify - do as you do in the comments.