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Critical skills for cue repairs and building (newbie) - 08-10-2020, 03:36 PM

Okay, once I canít bring myself to practice putting tips on house cues anymore. What would you recommend to move to next that is a bit more challenging. Iím thinking about buying some rod and trying to make some threaded ferrules.


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08-10-2020, 04:43 PM

Practice removing and replacing ferrules.

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08-10-2020, 05:26 PM

Doing ferrules is a good idea, it teaches you to focus on concentricity, I.D and O.D, major and minor etc.



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08-10-2020, 05:46 PM

[QUOTE=LocalArtist;6720374]Okay, once I canít bring myself to practice putting tips on house cues anymore. What would you recommend to move to next that is a bit more challenging. Iím thinking about buying some rod and trying to make some threaded ferrules.

Threaded ferrules, good idea. Practice taking a 3/8 tenon with a slip on ferrule to a 5/16-18 threaded tenon so that you can screw on a new threaded ferrule. Glued and screwed will insure the ferrule will stay on. The above advice is based on using a quality cue lathe like one from Chris Hightower.
  
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08-10-2020, 07:57 PM

Thanks everyone! Good idea to change the 3/8 tenon to a threaded one. Iím using a Mid Size Cuesmith, so Iím starting off with good equipment.


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08-11-2020, 04:26 AM

[QUOTE=LocalArtist;6720613]Thanks everyone! Good idea to change the 3/8 tenon to a threaded one. Iím using a Mid Size Cuesmith, so Iím starting off with good equipment.


Looks like you have the same set up I use. The satisfaction I got from repairing a friends cue was incredible. He could not afford the quote from another repairman; as a friend I told him I would do it for free. Replacing a tenon, new ferrule and new tip was too much at this time. Hereís hoping your skills increase ASAP!
  
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08-11-2020, 06:19 AM

Iíve been practicing for at least 2 hours everyday now, working on tips and shaft reconditioning. Did you need to true up your lathe? I think Iím also going to learn that process this week. Either the old house cues Iím using (most likely) have bends in them or my tail stock is not perfectly centered. My tool rest and cutter also need to be raised maybe 1 thousandth of an inch.


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08-11-2020, 08:19 AM

My mid size had less than .002 runout straight from Chris. If you don’t have a dial indicator, you’ll need one. You can adjust the tail stock with one adjustment. Ask Chris, he would be better to explain the process. While you’re at it, ask Chris how to remove the chuck jaws; you may need to clean and lube them from time to time. All in all, if you keep the equipment clean, you’ll need very little maintenance on your lathe.
  
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08-11-2020, 08:48 AM

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Either the old house cues I’m using (most likely) have bends in them or my tail stock is not perfectly centered.
Does not compute.
(These are not related)

TS absolute location affects taper.

If the issue is setting up a shaft and inducing a bend in it, the problem is workholding.

One end in a collet or chuck, the other on a center = bend.*
Both ends need to be centers, and not too much pressure between them.

* this is because even if the TS is "perfect", the grip in the chuck or collet does not necessarily (is not likely) to point the stick at it within a few .001" s gripping on wood over a distance of 29" +/-..

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08-11-2020, 01:48 PM

ok... I only thread ferrules on break cues... all others are just a slip fit.......... for a slip fit... drill your ferrule with a 5/16 drill........... turn the tenon to fit.... glue it on........ for a threaded ferrule .......... drill the ferrule with a 1/4 in drill......... tap it with a 5/16-18 tap........ turn the tenon to about .280......... thread it with a tenon threader............ glue it on

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08-11-2020, 02:07 PM

Find a metal lathe.
Used ones can be had for peanuts these days .
Then you can thread right .
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08-11-2020, 02:27 PM

Those are truly beautiful threads in wood.

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08-12-2020, 08:16 PM

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Find a metal lathe.
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08-13-2020, 01:13 PM

Get a Hightower Deluxe lathe....................

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