Episode 014: Cheap Tools vs Pro Tools – Tool Vanity?

We’re talking about a whole load of little topics today. From buying larger tools and the pros and cons of going second hand, through to cheap tools vs expensive tools and how that impacts your business image. We also chat about air tools, air nailers and Andy has a new shiny CBN grinding wheel. Is it possible to organise drill bits or should we just give up? We’re doing some job pricing in the aftershow. Access the aftershow at: https://www.patreon.com/measuringuppodcast

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Episode 013: Business Web Site, Tax & Record Keeping

Today we’re talking about the importance of having a business web site and why it should be the hub of your business. We’re also chatting about the dreaded business admin – from tax and accounts through to a very brief overview of our own business structures. Access the aftershow at: https://www.patreon.com/measuringuppodcast

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Episode 012: Analysis Paralysis and What To Do With Trade Waste?

In today’s show we’re chatting about where to start on bigger carpentry jobs and overcoming analysis paralysis. We discuss waiting lists, typical joinery enquiries and doing work for the rich and famous. We’re also discussing trade waste from a joinery business and what on earth you’re supposed to do with it in the UK. There’s also a bit of industry news, Andy’s Arduino measuring jig, safety glasses and football talk… kind of. Access the aftershow at: https://www.patreon.com/measuringuppodcast

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Episode 011: We’re back! Upping Your Game and Don’t Read the Comments!

Welcome back to Season 2 of the Measuring Up Podcast! We’ve had a scorchingly hot summer here in the UK, which makes a nice change. Andy talks about his adventures in London and Peter has been upgrading his tech. We’re also chatting about upping our game and the dangers of reading too much in to the YouTube comments. AND we’ve got a brand new Patreon-only exclusive aftershow! Access the aftershow at: https://www.patreon.com/measuringuppodcast

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Episode 010: Season 1 Finale! How To Make a Podcast & Will There Be a Season 2?

This is the final episode of Season 1! How did that happen?! Today we’re talking a bit more about spray painting in a small workshop, we give you an end of season ‘golden tip’ each and we give you a very high level overview of what’s involved in making a podcast. So the big question is, are we going to do a Season 2?? You’ll have to listen to find out what happens next…

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Episode 009: Spray Painting, YouTube AI & Recommended Woodworking Books

Peter’s finished his biggest carpentry build & install to date and is now having to hang pictures. Andy’s finished his latest exhibition install work and has finally had time to make a new studio desk. Today we’re chatting about spray painting in a small workshop and whether this is a viable alternative to the brush and roller. We’re also discussing YouTube and whether it’s still a viable platform for makers. Finally, woodworking, joinery & carpentry books – a bit of recommended reading for our listeners!

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Episode 008: GDPR for Sole Traders, MDF and Target Customers

GDPR was implemented in the EU on 25th May 2018. We’re having a bit of a chat about what that could mean for small joinery businesses. We also discuss MDF, where we buy it and what we look for along with target markets for our joinery work and YouTube.

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Episode 007: Makers Central 2018, Festool MFT & Keeping Healthy

Andy’s back from Makers Central 2018 and Peter’s back from New York! We’re having a bit of a chat about Makers Central and what it means for the UK woodworking community. We find out a bit more about Peter’s Festool MFT and how that can help small workshops. We’re also discussing the trials and tribulations of running a joinery business and why it’s so important to look after your own health – from RSI through to housemaid’s knee and tendinitis, you can’t earn any money while you can’t use your hands!

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Episode 006: Cabinet Doors and the Metric vs Imperial Debate

Today we’re talking about trigger words and things that put you on edge as a joiner. We also have a good rant about metric vs imperial and discuss cabinet door construction. Andy wants to redesign all tape measures and Peter chats about visualising areas in square feet.

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Episode 005: Overly Complicated Pricing of Floating Shelves

Peter chats about his first experiences with paint spraying and we go in to the real detail of one of the most standard bread & butter joinery jobs, the installation of floating shelves. Andy discusses his ridiculously overly complicated pricing spreadsheet and confirms why you can’t compete with IKEA prices.

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