Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Near Boston, Massachusetts
I've done work in the house, yes. I left the power tools outside the house, and ran out to use them in the cold if they were really necessary. I spent that winter working on joints and practicing use of my hand tools. I made a couple of small boxes, but mostly I just practiced planing, sawing, and drilling straight with a brace or eggbeater drill.
Hand tools mostly produce much larger dust or shavings than power tools: an old towel or rag rolled up under the door keeps dust and shavings in the room where you're working, and getting in the habit of sweeping up every time you leave the room is mildly annoying, but keeps the rest of the house pretty clean.
I'm not saying you should give up on the power tools: just that if you're going to work inside, hand tools might be better for that part of the job. I know I'm not giving up my drill press, and I'm really looking forward to getting my bandsaw running again.