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!
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.
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.
Today we’re talking a bit more about the tech used on jobs, from parking apps through to literally ‘measuring up’ tips. Peter explains the real cost of parking in London and Andy starts his first in a multi-part series of rants about the local council.
In this episode we continue on the theme of business management from last time and discuss hourly and daily rates for carpentry work, briefly discuss some of the technology used in our daily routine and also chat about surviving in a small workshop.
Peter and Andy have a quick chat about current jobs and discuss how they built up their joinery businesses over the years. What marketing worked for each business and how has this changed over the years? They touch on job pricing, contracts and the sales process from first customer contact through to job completion.
Andy and Peter discuss how they entered the world of commercial joinery. From an early age both had a background in making things and in this podcast we find out how their carpentry and cabinet making businesses evolved to where they are now, both through slightly unconventional routes.