My Brother-in-Law has a pool table in his condo and every time we go over there, the pool cues are laying on a table or on the bar chairs. He also has a table top to convert it to a ping pong, or in their case beer pong table, so the accessories need a place to go. After our last visit, I told my wife maybe I should make him a pool cue rack for Christmas. She liked the idea, but as with anything, I needed to make sure I had her buy in before pumping something out that she might not like.
I did some research to see what I liked, and thought about some of the things he needed in his rack. He doesn’t have a collection of custom cues, just enough to play casually with some friends, so i decided on spots for 6 cues.
I also wanted to have a place to store the balls, although how much that gets uses we’ll have to see. It’s a basket pocket table, so the balls tend to stay in the holes when not in use. I also wanted a place to store the triangle and table brush. I am still debating on if I will make a holder for the hand chalk. The tip chalk can go on the shelf above the balls, and I may end up adding a routed recess to contain them, but that will be a decision I make after the dry fit.
My wife and brother-in-law are both Texas Tech graduates, so the Texas Tech logo has to make an appearance somehow. This will probably be an off the shelf decal buried in some poly. We also have plans to put a framed collage of our 2 year old son playing on top of the pool table in the large open area. The pool rack will actually come from him. He’ll probably want to help me work on it as he loves being out in the shop (during non-power tool days of course!) Maybe I’ll let him help put the Double T sticker on!
I got the stamp of approval from the wife last night, so I’m headed to the lumberyard today to grab the lumber. I’m going with Red Oak, as it should fit in with his existing decor pretty well. I’ll let it acclimate in the shop a couple weeks, and get started after the Thanksgiving holiday on it. In the meantime, I’ll work on producing some shop drawings. That will be an upcoming post, so stay tuned!
-- -Brian, a.k.a. "ConstructionBoss" - http://www.constructionboss.com