Today I received the 6” dial caliper I ordered. I’ve been woodworking for 4 years and today feels like the first time I’ve actually known what something measured. Before I just held up a Starrett 6” rule to whatever I was measuring and went from there. Close enough? Sure. Maybe. But this caliper is a whole new world.
I ordered the 6” dial caliper from Grizzly (http://www.grizzly.com/products/h3022) based on folks in the FWW forums saying that the precision offered by the Grizzly was good enough for woodworking and I think they’re right on the money. Even if I somehow got something to match down to the .001”, it would probably be different tomorrow and different still the day after that.
So what did I build first with my new tool? Runners for a replacement crosscut sled. Although once I started cutting the runners, I realized that I didn’t need the caliper (I just cut until they fit). But I used it anyways to get some practice. I think I’ll put it on my nightstand as I sleep tonight. A sort of security blanket for the woodworker.