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Forum: Cue & Case Gallery 11-09-2019, 09:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 420
Posted By thoffen
Normally I'm not a huge fan of staining maple,...

Normally I'm not a huge fan of staining maple, but this makes it look kind of like ringed gidgee. Even though very far from the natural color, it looks relatively natural to me.
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 11-03-2019, 07:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,044
Posted By thoffen
If you're designing something with one of part A...

If you're designing something with one of part A and 2 of part B, of course you'd pick the simpler, cheaper, more repeatable option to go on part B.
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 11-01-2019, 10:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 983
Posted By thoffen
They are classified as different species, but...

They are classified as different species, but both rosewood and both similar. There isn't a whole lot out there on their mechanical properties, so it's hard to compare without significant experience...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 11-01-2019, 08:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 983
Posted By thoffen
Camatillo is pretty damn dense, so weight...

Camatillo is pretty damn dense, so weight considerations matter too. Some woods experience little shrinkage and may be stable (relatively) with less drying and more figure and off-grain. But just...
Forum: Cue & Case Gallery 10-15-2019, 09:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 869
Posted By thoffen
Is it golden acacia perhaps? There is a cassia...

Is it golden acacia perhaps? There is a cassia genus but I hadn't heard of it before.
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 10-11-2019, 08:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,392
Posted By thoffen
I'm not sure how much, but oil finishes do...

I'm not sure how much, but oil finishes do penetrate instead of (mostly) sitting on the surface after the pores are filled. If you build it up enough, you can get some surface coats of an oil finish,...
Forum: Cue & Case Gallery 10-07-2019, 05:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,915
Posted By thoffen
I'm sure it's a one piece butt and cored, e.g....

I'm sure it's a one piece butt and cored, e.g. with purpleheart, unless someone wanted a really light cue.
Forum: Cue & Case Gallery 10-05-2019, 07:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 772
Posted By thoffen
Honduran rosewood?

Honduran rosewood?
Forum: Cue & Case Gallery 10-05-2019, 07:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 484
Posted By thoffen
Next time pick a wood with figure. :D :P

Next time pick a wood with figure. :D :P
Forum: Cue & Case Gallery 09-16-2019, 10:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 790
Posted By thoffen
Good practice cue. Send it to me and get to work...

Good practice cue. Send it to me and get to work on a real one. :D
Forum: Cue Case Reviews 09-15-2019, 07:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,722
Posted By thoffen
Is there decent interest in wooden cue cases?...

Is there decent interest in wooden cue cases? Something I've thought of making. Might prototype one for myself out of pine. It can actually be pretty striking and lightweight which I think is...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 09-15-2019, 07:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 455
Posted By thoffen
I have no idea and am no expert but never saw...

I have no idea and am no expert but never saw anything like that. One piece cue, hand carved handle, perhaps someone who did woodworking decided to make a cue?
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 09-15-2019, 04:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,402
Posted By thoffen
Kingwood is a rosewood (both species).

Kingwood is a rosewood (both species).
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 09-13-2019, 12:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,402
Posted By thoffen
Which Kingwood? The hard to find expensive...

Which Kingwood? The hard to find expensive beautiful stuff (Brazilian) or the super hard to find super expensive super beautiful stuff (Mexican aka camatillo)?
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 09-13-2019, 07:14 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,402
Posted By thoffen
African blackwood is great. Cheaper than gaboon...

African blackwood is great. Cheaper than gaboon ebony too. Easy to find in blanks suitable for cues as it is a prized wood for woodwind instruments. Not sustainably harvested but not currently...
Forum: Cue & Case Gallery 09-12-2019, 02:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 842
Posted By thoffen
That one is a stunner. I thought pau ferro at...

That one is a stunner. I thought pau ferro at first given SW. How often do they use cocobolo?
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 09-10-2019, 01:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,158
Posted By thoffen
A bit depends on the exposure the cane might have...

A bit depends on the exposure the cane might have to the elements and the expectation someone would have to care for the finish ongoing.
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 09-10-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,402
Posted By thoffen
It's also worth knowing what that means. People...

It's also worth knowing what that means. People don't seem to have the same emotional reaction to harvesting a native tree to extinction as they do sport hunting a majestic animal, but maybe they'd...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 09-10-2019, 06:09 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,402
Posted By thoffen
Obviously subjective, but it's pretty easy to...

Obviously subjective, but it's pretty easy to search this topic and find several woods recurrently mentioned. Searching more broadly for "tonewood" will provide a lot of information, as similar...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 08-26-2019, 03:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,491
Posted By thoffen
Word. If you've never used a file, it will blow...

Word. If you've never used a file, it will blow your mind how quick and easy it is to shape just about anything.
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 08-21-2019, 01:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,478
Posted By thoffen
The BLO would have to be put on the butt to color...

The BLO would have to be put on the butt to color match. BLO is a penetrating oil finish that will darken slightly and enrich the maple color. It cures to provide some moisture protection but not...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 08-14-2019, 07:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,003
Posted By thoffen
I think he's suggesting you should use...

I think he's suggesting you should use pasteurized.

If it's not delaminating immediately, I'd reckon that to be optimistic, but who really knows especially if the adhesive is unknown?
Forum: Cue & Case Gallery 07-31-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,928
Posted By thoffen
Looks great. All the options are personal...

Looks great. All the options are personal preference. Had it been me, I would have wanted: Birdseye handle, +dots, notched diamonds, thinner rings, longer buttsleve (doesn't look particularly better...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 07-20-2019, 05:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,798
Posted By thoffen
Some people like to handle their emotions...

Some people like to handle their emotions differently, and if whoever taught you to grow a pair is the person who constantly yelled at you, maybe your way isn't best after all.

To the OP:
I read...
Forum: Cue & Case Gallery 07-17-2019, 01:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,064
Posted By thoffen
Awesome shop. Really well organized and a lot of...

Awesome shop. Really well organized and a lot of really nice equipment. Quite an investment, really. Are there any Chinese cuemakers making a solid name for themselves in the US? Seems like the cues...
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