One-piece butts

Charlie Edwards

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Cues with solid, one piece butts (with no handle) seem to be rarely built. Don't see them very often... and was wondering why. Looks like they would be very solid.
 

hangemhigh

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Cues with solid, one piece butts (with no handle) seem to be rarely built. Don't see them very often... and was wondering why. Looks like they would be very solid.

They are solid and play great. The key to a 1 piece butt is either well seasoned, slowly tapered blank , or the same process to a cored 1 piece blank.
 
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camargored

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Im builing one to take to the Derby ,Old growth Birdseye ,with lots of growth rings and cored ,BE is real nice to .White joint and butt cap and nice abalone and silver ring work .Pics to come .
 

hangemhigh

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They are solid and play great. The key to a 1 piece butt is either well seasoned, slowly tapered blank , or the same process to a cored 1 piece blank.

After you have the properly seasoned blank then weight is the next hurdle. Uncored Maple butts without weight bolts are going to come in at 13-14 oz. , and with 4+oz. shafts will be nicely forward balanced.

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cuesmith

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Cues with solid, one piece butts (with no handle) seem to be rarely built. Don't see them very often... and was wondering why. Looks like they would be very solid.

Bill Hagen made some one piece but cues and he also would rip the wood lengthwise, run the pieces through a jointer and reverse the direction before gluing the pieces back together. He felt this would help with the warping he experienced with the solid one piece but frankly I've seen several of those warp also. Bill did some amazing pantograph work with his home built pantograph.
 

qbilder

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I play with a solid birdseye butt cue. Melamine joint collar & it plays great, feels great. The one piece cues are awesome if built correctly. By correctly I mean stable wood, good weight and good balance.
 

icem3n

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After you have the properly seasoned blank then weight is the next hurdle. Uncored Maple butts without weight bolts are going to come in at 13-14 oz. , and with 4+oz. shafts will be nicely forward balanced.

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Will a Macassar ebony be stable enough to be made into a one-piece butt?

And can it be made to weight aprox 16.3oz?
 

JoeyInCali

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Bill Hagen made some one piece but cues and he also would rip the wood lengthwise, run the pieces through a jointer and reverse the direction before gluing the pieces back together. He felt this would help with the warping he experienced with the solid one piece but frankly I've seen several of those warp also. Bill did some amazing pantograph work with his home built pantograph.

One of my all-time fave makers.
 

weiru

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yes. one-piece play very solid and well.

i have a Rick Howard one-piece rosewood for sale. it plays a ton
 

cueman

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I have built dozens of them over the years. Wood selection and slow turning is the key to success.
 
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