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We built our own table this year and the mat fits perfectly after we
trimmed the north edge by only 2-3 mm.
We can help you build a new table this Saturday afternoon if you can get
the materials.
Please email me directly to plan the details.

Thanks
Ozcan Adiyaman
Parent/Coach
Pinnacle RoboNerds
Team # 3438


On Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 9:48 AM, Sonya Shaver <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I agree, I would not use this table.  I'm sorry!  It is hard to be in a
> bind like that at this point in the season.  Challenge update #4 says:
>
> 4 - MAT SIZE/FIT
> This year’s mats are running ever-so-slightly wide (north/south). If this
> is causing your mat not to lay flat between your table walls, the
> official solution is to trim the black border off your mat’s north edge,
> since that border serves no function and this change will not be
> noticed by a robot. Try to do a good job, but your care is more important
> for safety than for accuracy. Thanks for your understanding
> as we adapt to our new mat material. (Mat correction and policy
> announcement.)
>
>
> But it says "ever-so-slightly".  I have been using the same table for many
> years and, while this year's mat does fit tighter than previous years, we
> actually didn't have to trim our mat at all.
> Your picture looks way off to me.  I would try to find a new table to buy,
> or have someone build a new table, and work on a hard surface with the mat
> until it was ready, and just try to not do anything yet that would require
> the walls.
>
> If you build a new table, I would just be sure it follows the directions
> in the rules for this year.  Maybe you can find a willing parent with a
> free Saturday afternoon?  That is really all it would take if you had
> someone with carpentry skills.
> Good luck!
>
> Sonya
>
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