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Blog entry by JoshO posted 03-08-2009 01:00 AM 808 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am going to make a box type pool cue case and I can’t decide what type of wood I want to make it out of. I will be looking for 2 pieces at 5/4 or 4/4 about ~30 inches long. Currently I plan on pocket milling the inside and lining with some kind of foam. I know this can be very basic or exotic, and I am looking for ideas for wood type.

The real question would be, if you were to make one, what would you make it out of?

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#1 posted 03-08-2009 01:29 AM

Brazilizn Rosewood
That would be my first choice.

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#2 posted 03-08-2009 01:50 AM

Hey Josh
paduck and figured maple for the ends with box or dovetail joinery. So many woods that would work so well.
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#3 posted 03-08-2009 02:08 AM

To me it depends. What color is the cue? If it’s very light then you might choose a figured darker wood. If it’s dark then maybe a lighter wood. And foam linings are good but spend five bucks and get a heavy piece of velour. If your cue is a whitish wood it would look great in a deep blue or purple velour. Can’t wait to see what you decide on. Is it for your pool cue or is it a gift?

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#4 posted 03-08-2009 05:44 AM

After some googling, turns out Brazilian Rosewood looks like it might be out of the question. But some species of rosewood or Padouk looks like it will be wonderful choices. Either one looks like they would be good choices for light or darker pool cues. I really like the idea of the velour, I never considered that. Pictures likely to come in the next couple of weeks.

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#5 posted 03-09-2009 04:47 AM

I gave in and decided to just go with what was local. I am taking mahogany and a dark walnut both ripped and alternated them with a laminate effect. I like the contrast of the dark and lighter woods. They are clamped up right now waiting for the glue to dry. I know the sky is the limit on how to finish the walnut and mahogany but I would like to have someone recommend a finishing style/process that would really make the colors pop.
There are a lot of answers on the web to this question for walnut or mahogany, but they all recommend several things at once and the results are not really shown. I don’t have the experience of knowing what shellac or tung oil can do to certain materials, and I don’t want to jump in with both feet and get a result that can really only give me 1 or 2 star results.
What could make it really stand out?

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