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Why are playfields typically 20.25" wide?


By ahanson

5 years ago



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    #31 5 years ago
    Quoted from Miguel351:

    62" / 3(pieces as a result of two cuts) = 20.67
    20.67 - (.1875 x 2) = 20.29 (.1875 is the thickness of the cutting disc)
    The last .04" would be sanded for finishing.
    The math is right, I was just taking a wild guess as to what the starting size would've been way back when they started making the special type of plywood used for playfields.

    I'm a math teacher, not a carpenter(though I do pretend sometimes, ending in frustration more often than not), so maybe I'm not understanding you, but I think you overcounted the cuts. If the disc is only .1875, you wouldn't multiply that x 2 for each of the three 20.67" section(therefore giving you 6 total bladewidths). You would simply subtract (.1875 x 2) from the original 62" to account for the two cuts.

    Anyway, I always thought they were that width because, well, it just feels nice. I'm not a big guy, but about average (5'9"), and standard width fits my stance better than even a widebody pin.

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