1. The days of paying a small fortune for decent or even “cheap” calipers are long gone. The more I remember to use the ones I have, the less frustrating and more effective my efforts become. They work for beginners just as well as for Paul himself!

  2. For the tolerances required for most woodworking, even a pair of super-cheap plastic calipers will do the job. However, I just got a stainless steel 150mm dial caliper online for $35. They’re not (necessarily) expensive any more. I got a dial caliper rather than a simple caliper mainly because my eyesight isn’t that great any more, and the dial makes reading fractions of a millimetre easier for me.

    Digital calipers are even cheaper, and they’re very easy to read, but I don’t like them much because Inevitably whenever I want to use them I find that their batteries have gone flat.

  3. When I did this build, I made the whole facade together (like Paul did with the 3-piece banding) out of 4/4 stock and that worked well. I didn’t have to tape/glue up the thin pieces and had the added benefit of making sure each piece lined up.

  4. A question. Paul glues up the edge pieces (two thin pieces of walnut with one thicker piece of oak) into a block. He then slices this block into thin strips which he then glues to a previously cut thin piece of oak. He has to glue all these thin pieces together using tape, which seems a bit tricky. Why not make the entire thing out of thicker pieces, which can be easily glued together into a block, and then slice off thin sheets all at once? That is, why not use the same approach he used for the edge pieces for the entire thing? That would make the glue up easier. Am I missing something?

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