A Pool Cue Start to Finish
The first thing we do when we start a cue is to turn the rough stock round, dip it in wood preservative/stabilizer and let it season for at least 6 years. The piece below was received here in October 1999. This piece will become the forearm and the butt sleeve of the finished cue.
The piece shown below is a piece of laminated maple handle wood. It is some of the most stable wood we know of and it is heavier than standard maple. It helps to give the cue proper balance and it is is warp resistant. To further stabilize it we also dip it in wood preservative/stabilizer and let it season for at least 6 years.
Below we have added a linen based fiber ring to strengthen the cue joints, to provide a place for the wrap to start and end, and to add aesthetic value to the finished cue.
Now the cue has been completely assembled. The Joint Radial Pin has been added along with the Linen Based Fiber Joint Collar. The cue has been tapered to its final dimension and it is ready to start the finish process. We were very careful to keep the grain of the wood lined up so the final cue will look like one piece of wood. It takes more time but we think is adds value to the cue.
The new cue has been finished, the Lizard wrap added, the cue has been polished and it is ready for delivery to the customer.
A close up view of the finished Forearm
A close up view of the finished Wrap and Butt