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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 O C T O B E R G R A P H I C S P R O 8 5 Above: This unit is spring-loaded to pull the punches back out of the metal, but with one swift foot stomp, it puts two holes, accu- rately spaced, in a sign blank at one time. This unit has worked vir- tually every day for a year. Right: One other type of punching we rely on is rounding corners both small and large, and these two punches are typical. The larger one was made by Accu-Cutter. continued on page 126 corner holes in tags with an exact- ing hole placement was absolutely essential. To line it up, one hole is placed pre- cisely in the corner of a sample tag, and the tag is left in the jaws of the punch. Then a guide or stop is put in place around the test tag, and in this case, merely taped in place with packaging tape. We made the stop perforated with rectangular holes, giving lots of places for the tape to contact the work surface and secure the stop very well. After securing the stop, one can just start punching and not stop until the task is done — no measuring required. All our smaller punchers are com- mon and easily available, but virtu-

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