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Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 06-17-2020, 09:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,135
Posted By Alan
I had a Hightower pantograph. Well built and...

I had a Hightower pantograph. Well built and accurate. I made several cues with it. Got busy at work and cue work went on hold, so I sold it. Wish I hadn't.
I have a CNC, but haven't used it...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 06-16-2020, 04:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 872
Posted By Alan
If you don't leave enough room for epoxy to...

If you don't leave enough room for epoxy to escape, hydraulic pressure will crack ebony. This is about 9 years old.
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 06-16-2020, 04:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 872
Posted By Alan
Hard to rate my biggest error, but maybe rubbing...

Hard to rate my biggest error, but maybe rubbing my knuckle against a rotating chuck. Made a mess and badly stained a forearm.
As to wood, I keep many of errors hanging behind my lathe. It...
Forum: Cue Machinery and Supplies 05-31-2017, 03:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,282
Posted By Alan
I live in Raleigh. I know Chris ships these...

I live in Raleigh. I know Chris ships these things, but I'd prefer not to.
Though another cue is tempting, I'd rather not do any trades.
Besides, my main playing cue is one of the ones I made...
Forum: Cue Machinery and Supplies 05-30-2017, 01:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,282
Posted By Alan
Didn't get much interest. Maybe it's price? How...

Didn't get much interest. Maybe it's price? How about $1,000
Forum: Cue Machinery and Supplies 05-23-2017, 06:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,282
Posted By Alan
Cue Smith Inlay Machine

SOLD

$1,400. I can't imagine trying to ship this thing, so would prefer local delivery or we can work out where to meet. I'm in central North Carolina.
I bought it, made three cues...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 04-26-2017, 04:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,507
Posted By Alan
Doc, Chris Hightower's "From Tree, To Tip, To...

Doc,
Chris Hightower's "From Tree, To Tip, To Trade Show!" has some good text about materials found in cues. It also does a good job of explaining the construction of cues. If you can find a copy...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 04-21-2017, 02:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,572
Posted By Alan
It could have been worse. There's incompetence...

It could have been worse. There's incompetence and then there's real bone head. How about a picture of the "after". It looks like the earlier "fix" made uglified the butt. I'm curious how you...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 04-09-2012, 04:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,295
Posted By Alan
Joey, Made some this weekend. Sure is a lot...

Joey,
Made some this weekend. Sure is a lot easier to use than a concave live center. Thanks!
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 04-05-2012, 06:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,295
Posted By Alan
Joey, Are the interiors straight walled or is...

Joey, Are the interiors straight walled or is there a slight taper?
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 12-08-2010, 01:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,882
Posted By Alan
Jim, You have one J/P on your gallery that I...

Jim, You have one J/P on your gallery that I don't understand. It's a long cocobolo one with a penny in it. Why is it so long?
Alan
P.S. Not intending to highjack the thread, and it is related...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 07-19-2010, 09:15 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,355
Posted By Alan
Thanks for all the replies. I think I get it...

Thanks for all the replies. I think I get it now. Didn't even consider the concentric issue. The buzz (and glue adhesion) I thought about, but didn't really understand it - - now I have a better...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 07-19-2010, 04:19 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,355
Posted By Alan
A-joint questions

So, when my forearm is cut to about 0.950 I join it to my handle section by fitting a tenon and using a screw. From what I gather, most cue makers wait to join their forearm to handle nearer to the...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 07-08-2010, 05:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,239
Posted By Alan
For some reason I hear Johnny Cash's voice...

For some reason I hear Johnny Cash's voice singing "The Ring of Fire".
I developed an allergy to cocobolo a few years ago. Wasn't affected by it for 15+ years, then all of the sudden, I broke out...
Forum: Cue & Case Gallery 07-07-2010, 07:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,780
Posted By Alan
Ray, I like the tulipwood - - very clean. What...

Ray, I like the tulipwood - - very clean. What equipment are you using to make these?
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 05-10-2010, 03:26 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,902
Posted By Alan
It looks like everyone has their own way of doing...

It looks like everyone has their own way of doing this. I started this thread thinking there was a "best" way. I suppose their is, but it's best for each person. I didn't try the Titebond, but I...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 05-03-2010, 04:40 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,902
Posted By Alan
With what do you thin the contact cement? Is...

With what do you thin the contact cement? Is there a ratio or is it just to make it less "gooey"? I have a whole quart of this stuff and a few more wraps, so I want to give it another (or more) try...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 04-28-2010, 05:48 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,902
Posted By Alan
Michael, I don't get how the leather stays in...

Michael,
I don't get how the leather stays in place until the glue dries. Do you bind it some way?

Thanks,
Alan
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 04-27-2010, 10:29 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,902
Posted By Alan
Dave and Steve, That may be the biggest...

Dave and Steve,
That may be the biggest culprit. I'm not sure how to describe what I'm doing, but it's a little like squeezing a pimple. I may be pushing one side under the other and needlessly...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 04-27-2010, 09:11 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,902
Posted By Alan
I didn't check that. I'm using a fairly crappy...

I didn't check that. I'm using a fairly crappy cue for my tests, so that might be an issue. I'll measure carefully before the next one. Thanks.
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 04-27-2010, 09:09 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,902
Posted By Alan
If I find one, I doubt it will be the right...

If I find one, I doubt it will be the right diameter. Maybe it would shrink if I wet it down??
I'll try the roller idea. Up to now I've only used my thumbs to press and massage it in place. ...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 04-27-2010, 08:53 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,902
Posted By Alan
Leather Wrap Seam

I need some advice on making my seams invisible. My seam doesn’t 'look' bad, but I can feel it. It feels like one side is higher than the other, but I measured the leather prior to installing and...
Forum: Cue Machinery and Supplies 04-13-2010, 12:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,560
Posted By Alan
Where is the lathe located?

Where is the lathe located?
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 04-07-2010, 01:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,138
Posted By Alan
Was clamp pressure added during the curing of the...

Was clamp pressure added during the curing of the glues?
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 04-06-2010, 09:10 AM
Replies: 22
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Views: 2,261
Posted By Alan
If you must drill, slow it down to about 350 rpms...

If you must drill, slow it down to about 350 rpms and keep the chips out of the hole. When I drill acrylic, I keep a steady flow of compressed air in the hole. It also serves to reduce the heat. I...
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