Episode 018: Hoarding, MDF & Packaging Projects

Hoarding often goes hand-in-hand with woodworking – whether it’s tools or materials it’s just part of the job. Today we’re having a bit of a chat about the implications of hoarding. We also discuss MDF and are asking the question, is it safe to burn MDF? Of course when you’ve finished building projects for clients you often need to package them up, so we’re opening up the exciting world of packaging! We’re also chatting about proportions for joinery projects – are there any definitive rules for getting it right? Access the aftershow at: https://www.patreon.com/measuringuppodcast

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Episode 017: Brexit Clickbait… and Joinery Apprenticeships

We’ve had quite a bit of follow-up about the state of joinery education and apprenticeships… and we’re not much further forward. Keep the comments coming and we’ll get to the bottom of this! There’s a new ‘Contact’ link on the web site. We’re chatting about the cost of an alcove unit vs the cost a concert ticket and how you can’t possibly be making any money if you’re charging some of the rates often discussed on Mumsnet. Oh, and Brexit… very briefly.¬†Access the aftershow at: https://www.patreon.com/measuringuppodcast

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Episode 016: More Space or More Time?

Whole mix of joinery stuff on today’s show! We’ve got a bit of follow-up on the joinery education discussion and sadly no follow-up on the women in construction side. We’re also chatting about slippy glue joints, clamps, lack of space vs lack of time, bad audio on YouTube, the grain of MDF and some exciting news about Makers Central next year! Access the aftershow at: https://www.patreon.com/measuringuppodcast

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Episode 015: Joinery Education and Women in Construction

We’re delving in to two BIG topics today. We often get asked about the importance of being a qualified or ‘time served’ carpenter so we’re chatting about the current state of woodworking education in the UK in 2018. We’re also discussing women in the construction industry – where are they? These are two huge topics and we’d love to hear your feedback – doubtless we’ll chat more about this in future episodes. Access the aftershow at: https://www.patreon.com/measuringuppodcast

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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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