I'm trying to assemble a model chronograph. At several steps, the instructions say to insert wooden cocktail sticks (toothpicks) through narrow holes in wheels. Unfortunately, the supplied toothpicks refuse to go through. They go part way in, then get stuck.
Following the manufacturer's instructions I've tried lubricating the cocktail sticks with candle wax (unburnt candle).
I've also tried lubricating the sticks with sewing machine oil.
I've even tried a different batch of toothpicks from the supermarket.
Still the sticks get stuck part way through the wheel. If I push any harder, they just break.