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Ep 22: Measure Twice, Cut Thrice

We’ve all heard the expression, “Measure twice, cut once.”  We all know what that means: double check your measurements before you make the cut.  Mistakes can cost you time and material.  In this episode of the podcast I share some of the measuring mistakes that I have made and the reasons for them.  Maybe it will help you avoid making the same mistakes.

As they say on the tube in London: “Mind the gap”

Topics covered

  • The tape measure:  all those hash marks start to look the same at the end of a long day.
  • Keeping track of measurements: memory vs. keeping a cut list
  • What do The Temptations have to do with this?
  • Standard measurements:  whose standards?
  • How important is accuracy anyway?
  • One door for the price of two, one door frame for the price of three
  • Two ways to avoid measurement errors (one is to avoid measuring)


Tom Silva explains how to divide any measurement in half without math.

Tom Silva shares some cool measuring tricks in this video, including the elastic band technique for evenly spaced balusters.

Story sticks:  Article from Canadian Woodworking magazine.

Add Trim Without the Tape Measure (Our Home from Scratch)

Please note: The special link and discount code for ThomasAvenueCeramics advertised in this episode have expired.


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