View Full Version : What is the proper use for a Cue Cube?

08-09-2008, 05:32 AM
I assumed that I would have to prepare the tip on my brand new cue, but it appears to be roughed up, and I assume it is shaped properly by the manufacturer (McDermott).

So when is a cue cube needed? Is it just for older tips that have become shiny and/or flattened over time? And how, precisely, is it used? Shaper first, or Scuffer? Do you grind it slightly, or just very lightly go over it? 2 seconds with regular pressure or 5-7 seconds with very light pressure?

Can you tell I'm totally obsessed with the care and feeding of my new baby? :p

08-09-2008, 06:23 AM
I use one when I need to reshape my tip. I use the shaper side and grind the tip with it until it is shaped correctly. I do not use the scuffer.

08-09-2008, 06:31 AM
Thanks, Tony.

-Kirsten from Silver Spring

08-09-2008, 06:46 AM
i'm no expert, but when i notice the tip is not holding chalk i hit it with the scuffer side. if the tip is starting to flatten out then its time for the shaper side and sometimes you really have to grind the daylights out the tip to get the shape you want.


08-09-2008, 07:11 AM
I use 220 Sand Paper very sparingly, and once in a GREAT While A Dime Willard. You playing style, and how you hit the Cue Ball, will pretty much keep your Tip Shaped.http://www.geocities.com/cocobolocowboy/bowdown.gif

08-09-2008, 07:16 AM
Paper weight?

Shaping the tip takes material off the tip. I don't like that. Shape it once it won't change much.

I like a TipPik to help chalk adhere to the tip. Just a few soft pushes with the Tip Pik creates small holes in the tip to help the chalk adhere.

Maybe it's not better but I like it better. :)

08-09-2008, 07:33 AM
I see that differing opinions abound!

Thanks. I won't stress over it.

08-09-2008, 08:25 AM
put it on the ground, put the cue stick's tip in it, then with both hands applying about 20 to 30 lbs of downward force, spin the cue as rapidly as you can(like a lathe). Oh wait--that was a nightmare I had last night.

08-09-2008, 08:27 AM
Proper use of a Cue Cube:

Take Cue Cube in right hand.
Drop in trash.

Lather, rinse, repeat.


08-09-2008, 01:24 PM
Dang. At least it was free... At some point in the future I will experiment gently with it and see what happens.

I notice that my husband's LePro tip is much smoother than my Triangle. My tip is pretty rough; and one of us was leaving blue chalk on the cloth after many hits... or is that just an effect of new tips?

Edit: Just wanted to say that stepping up from Bar Sticks has significantly improved our game!

08-09-2008, 01:49 PM
The cue cube will work just fine for you when you need it. Right now you shouldnt need to use it, cause all the McD's come shaped already.
And your rougher looking tip is how it should look, your husbands probably needs to be scuffed up a little if its shiny and smooth.
But youre only gonna need to use the scuffer side of the cube when your tip no longer holds chalk. And when you do use it, just rub it accross your tip lightly until you see the tip getting a little fuzz up top. The harder you rub it the more tip youre gonna lose everytime you scuff it. So the lighter the better.
You shouldnt have to use the shaper for a long time, unless you ended up getting a lemon tip, which happens, then you'll need to reshape it sooner than later.

08-09-2008, 01:55 PM
Thanks. Once again, I'm thinking it's more complicated than it really is. :rolleyes:

08-09-2008, 02:22 PM
Proper use of a Cue Cube:

Take Cue Cube in right hand.
Drop in trash.

Lather, rinse, repeat.



08-09-2008, 06:25 PM
The Cue Cube can really wipe out a tip if used improperly or used too much. I would take Fred's advice. If your tip gets really smooth, use an emery board and lightly work it over the tip. They work just fine, and are a lot cheaper!

I've had a triangle tip on my cue for almost a year now, and haven't had to do a thing to it other than put chalk on it. They are great tips and hold up very well.


08-09-2008, 08:56 PM
I personally feel the Cue cube as a shaper is too coarse. I think the Williards is much better.