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Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 08-21-2019, 01:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 532
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: 7
Views: 521
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: 1,713
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: 1,384
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: 883
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: 1,143
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: 1,030
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: 3,372
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: 3,372
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: 675
Posted By thoffen
Spalted tamarind?

Spalted tamarind?
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 06-18-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,055
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: 10,055
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: 3,550
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: 10,055
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...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 01-26-2019, 12:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,300
Posted By thoffen
Hard to answer. Do you mean custom cues?...

Hard to answer. Do you mean custom cues? Production cues? New makers? All cues overall? I don't really know the answer to any of those questions, but I'd say there are plenty of reputable cues coming...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 11-13-2018, 06:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,186
Posted By thoffen
I have one that's a sugartree, circa 2006-ish. He...

I have one that's a sugartree, circa 2006-ish. He made an extension for it, although it uses the same pin as the joint. I thought about filing down most of the threads to quick release it, but...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 11-10-2018, 08:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 21,080
Posted By thoffen
I imagine a pure Tung oil finish wouldn't get...

I imagine a pure Tung oil finish wouldn't get sticky, but Danish oil is a blend, as are a lot of products marketed as Tung oil. The real stuff takes forever to dry, but if you have the time it might...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 11-07-2018, 02:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,248
Posted By thoffen
That's not an easy thing to do without much more...

That's not an easy thing to do without much more information. There can be quite a difference in density between pieces of wood of the same species. You would have to know the taper/dimensions used...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 10-25-2018, 07:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 979
Posted By thoffen
The points are a full splice construction. Easy...

The points are a full splice construction. Easy to look up what that means and how it's done. It has an additional butterfly splice at the bottom. Butterflies are pretty easy to understand. You...
Forum: Cue & Case Gallery 10-24-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,014
Posted By thoffen
That wood and veneer combination is stunning.

That wood and veneer combination is stunning.
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 10-22-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,380
Posted By thoffen
Thanks! I know builders invest a ton in their...

Thanks! I know builders invest a ton in their craft and guard their wisdom because it needs to be earned else it won't be learned. Everyone who buys the fancy equipment imagining jumping into the biz...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 10-22-2018, 09:07 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,380
Posted By thoffen
All I got is my mind right now and some hand...

All I got is my mind right now and some hand tools. Hard to get that experience as yet. As for wisdom, you can't answer a question if you never ask it. Takes both.

Sorry for presenting any kind of...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 10-21-2018, 06:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 971
Posted By thoffen
I was doing some measurements and actually trying...

I was doing some measurements and actually trying to lay some stuff out, and I really don't have nearly as much space as I was imagining. I'm gonna have to scratch the jointer for now (could set up...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 10-20-2018, 03:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,380
Posted By thoffen
It would be really interesting to test out if...

It would be really interesting to test out if someone has time and money to burn. I would guess 0.5in+ collar of various materials would protect the joint for sure, and the only way to protect...
Forum: Ask The Cuemaker 10-20-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 971
Posted By thoffen
Thanks for all the questions. I can give you...

Thanks for all the questions. I can give you partial answers only since right now I'm looking for the equipment. I'm definitely going to get a jointer, so at least rough cuts are ok. I might get a...
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