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Forum: Cue & Case Gallery 09-16-2019, 10:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 564
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: 11
Views: 3,079
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: 293
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: 1,645
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: 1,645
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: 1,645
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: 670
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: 675
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: 1,645
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: 1,645
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: 15
Views: 1,632
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: 1,237
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: 1,551
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: 1,818
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: 1,578
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: 948
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...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 07-17-2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,311
Posted By thoffen
What are you doing to raise the grain and at what...

What are you doing to raise the grain and at what point?
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 07-08-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,141
Posted By thoffen
I seem to recall Eric having done a cue or two...

I seem to recall Eric having done a cue or two with some toasted maple involved. I don't have any actual experience, just read up on it a bit, so take this FWIW. Some people have cooked some wood in...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 06-27-2019, 10:16 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,518
Posted By thoffen
That's cool. Thanks for sharing. I've wondered...

That's cool. Thanks for sharing. I've wondered about a Tung oil finish for cues. Theoretically you can build it up pretty nicely and have it cure completely. Would be a great green product, although...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 06-25-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,518
Posted By thoffen
Got a source? From what I have read it's not...

Got a source? From what I have read it's not carcinogenic and not seriously toxic although can cause flu-like symptoms in some people. I realize that the fumes are quite unpleasant and may be...
Forum: Cue & Case Gallery 06-20-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 704
Posted By thoffen
Spalted tamarind?

Spalted tamarind?
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 06-18-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,205
Posted By thoffen
Good stuff. I'll run some experiments myself but...

Good stuff. I'll run some experiments myself but in the meantime whenever I can get a look at the end grain of any piece of wood for sale I'll pay a lot more attention.
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 06-17-2019, 01:11 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,205
Posted By thoffen
You can flat saw and get some boards with radial...

You can flat saw and get some boards with radial grain. You can rift saw and have a lot which isn't near good enough. Trees don't grow cylindrical. That means you might not cut parallel to the grain...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 06-13-2019, 01:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,765
Posted By thoffen
I think it's an interesting idea and probably...

I think it's an interesting idea and probably someone would be willing to work with it for cue construction as sort of an experiment, but otherwise there's no realistic reason it's worth using. It...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 06-13-2019, 11:59 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,205
Posted By thoffen
Well, I can say that the old wood shafts are...

Well, I can say that the old wood shafts are likely to be darker than the new wood shafts, and that's about the only thing that can be reliably predicted (in aggregate).

I agree that sugar marks...
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