Pegs in holes

ceptimus
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Pegs in holes

What fits best - a square peg in a round hole, or a round peg in a square hole?
Stimpson J. Cat
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You need to define what your criteria for "best" are.

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Deetee
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A round peg in a square hole.
This "fills" 78.5% of the space, but a square peg in a round hole fills 63.66%.
CHARLEY_BIGTIME

Re: Pegs in holes

ceptimus wrote:What fits best - a square peg in a round hole, or a round peg in a square hole?
How big are the pegs/holes?
ceptimus
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Deetee's answer was the one I was thinking off.

Stimpson, what other criteria do you suggest?

CHARLEY, I think in this situation it is true that 'size doesn't matter!'
Beleth
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ceptimus wrote:Stimpson, what other criteria do you suggest?
Stimpson J. Cat
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I did not have any criteria in mind. That was why I asked.

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Stimpson J. Cat wrote:I did not have any criteria in mind. That was why I asked.

Dr. Stupid
You linear thinkers. :lol:
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Doesn't square peg in round hole have the strongest holding power for construction purposes?
roger
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Doctor Mabuse wrote:Doesn't square peg in round hole have the strongest holding power for construction purposes?
Dunno, but that doesn't appeal to intuition. The square edges will be very vunerable to deformation if the peg suffers lateral forces, which would rapidly loosen the peg.

Also, wouldn't the round peg be proportionally bigger, and thus be stronger as well?
whitefork
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there's quite a few references to this technique for carpentry - see this page
http://www.crateandbarrel.com/assistanc ... e_wood.asp
look for "peg detailing"
and here
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/ ... i_93231152
look for "reliant principle"
roger
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I see, the peg is smashed in, predeforming the edges. Nice. I was thinking about a peg with an exact fit.
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Sundog wrote:
Stimpson J. Cat wrote:I did not have any criteria in mind. That was why I asked.

Dr. Stupid
You linear thinkers. :lol:
Can we get a definition of "linear thinker" here? Personally, I mostly think in highly parallel pattern-matching, does that qualify?