Standards? We don’t need no stinking standards!

Geez, I hate it when this happens, measure, measure, make things all neat and nice and then somebody changes the rules. I grabbed another pencil, stuck it into the gauge and went “hmmm, this seems pretty loose”, cranked down on the screw and crack! Copious amounts of bad language ensued. So I did what I should have done in the first place, which was to extend the pinch slot past the pencil, making a longer hinge. But no, the slot closed and still the pencil wasn’t held very tight. Grrrrr. Get the calipers and do a pencil hunt – Dixon #2’s are just bigger than Office Depot #2’s (by 0.020”, not very much but maple doesn’t like to bend that much over a short distance). Another head scratcher, probably the best idea is to have sleeves for different pencils, then I could also use mechanical pencils.

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