Measuring Up Podcast
By Peter Millard & Andy MacLellan
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Measuring Up is a fortnightly podcast by Peter Millard (10 Minute Workshop) and Andy MacLellan (Gosforth Handyman) discussing the world of commercial joinery from a UK perspective but to an international audience. Andy and Peter both run carpentry & cabinet making businesses in the UK and chat about everything from winning customers through to tool talk and the daily challenges of self employment.
||CleanEpisode 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,||11 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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.||28 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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,||14 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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 stru.||30 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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.||16 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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.||2 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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.||1 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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 sma.||17 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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..||3 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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 work.||20 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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 are.||6 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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 spread.||22 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 004: Mobile Tech, Parking Rants and Apple vs Android||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 cou||8 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 003: Joinery Day Rates and Managing a Small Workshop||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.||25 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 002: Getting Our Joinery Businesses Off the Ground||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,||25 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 001: Welcome to the Measuring Up Podcast with Peter Millard and Andy MacLellan||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,||25 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Fills the gap for a uk 'makers' podcast
This is an interesting and stimulating podcast that fills a gap in the market for a woodworking based podcast that is from the UK. It is ideal for people interested in the business of a singlehanded woodworker plus one that relates to how YouTube and social media has helped the authors to reach their audience. For anyone that subscribes to the authors YouTube channels this will add to your understanding of how they operate their businesses and how you can use their knowledge to help you do the same. For anyone that doesn't subscribe to their YouTube channels... You really should!
I love listening to people who know their stuff, talking about their stuff. This podcast series is off to an entertaining start and I'm sure it'll continue to deliver.
A small business podcast I can finally relate to
I listened to all 3 episodes back to back and can not wait for the fortnightly instalments.
I found it really informative, and easy to relate to. It’s a really nice feeling when you discover your not alone.....others have the same hurdles in business as you do and hearing what solutions they’ve come up with is incredibly helpful.
Will certainly be a regular listen for me. Got some great tips from the first episodes, like seeing if your timber merchants will cut your panels for you and trying out fusion 360 before pouring to much effort into SketchUp.