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Project by BubingaBill posted 06-29-2014 04:02 AM 2566 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi jocks!
I finally finished my latest cue case. This one was built to a customers specs and tastes. It will hold his vintage pool cue with 1butt and 2 shafts and some accessory knick knacks. The walnut is over 80 years old from the history I know about. This is my first attempt at mitered corners with splines. If you cant tell the slines are Purple Heart and the inlay is Zebra wood. The blue dot in the center is a glass piece my neighbor’s wife made for me. I was asked to inlay the guy’s initials in the lid but if he backs out of the deal I would be stuck with a case made for him! I told him I would but I would make it look more like art. If you look closely at the inlay and cover the lower half you are left with a “W” and when you cover the upper half you see a “M”. Will Murphy should be happy with this.
Also this is the first case I made with using PVC pipe cut in half for the trays for the cue pieces. I glued in some batting for quilting and then glued in the fabric. I also added a leather strip around the edge as a gaskit. I finished this with a satin laquer. The handle is real ostridge (spelling?) skin sewn and assembled by a local leathe shop. I dont like the cheap latches you see at the local stores so I go with a leather tab rivited at the top and a large snap at the bottom. The brass corners were also requested but I like the added bling it brings to the project. I welcome any and all comments!!

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!





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OldWrangler

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#1 posted 06-29-2014 04:23 AM

Any guy comes in the pool hall with a stick in a case like this, don’t play him for money.

Nice case, pretty wood and fine craftsmanship.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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BubingaBill

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#2 posted 06-29-2014 04:51 AM

Thank you!!
FYI. I had him on my pool league team and I can beat him all day long!!!

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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Boxguy

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#3 posted 06-29-2014 10:03 AM

Nice job and thoughtful layout. I like the idea of pvc for the insets. The splines and inlay look great. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Roger

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#4 posted 06-29-2014 11:16 AM

Super nice and gr8 build. +1 BigAl.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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HillbillyShooter

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#5 posted 06-29-2014 01:04 PM

Super! Outstanding in all respects. I really like what you’ve created.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Knothead62

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#6 posted 06-29-2014 10:50 PM

Outstanding! Remember the movie, The Huster??

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BubingaBill

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#7 posted 06-29-2014 11:06 PM

Yes I do. Great movie!
Very skilled shooting in that movie.
Thank you!

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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BTimmons

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#8 posted 06-30-2014 06:28 PM

I dig the leather hinges. Great work all around on this.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Josh

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#9 posted 06-30-2014 06:48 PM

This is nice. I have to remake one for my friend. His old one is made of MDF.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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BubingaBill

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#10 posted 06-30-2014 08:24 PM

Hi Brian, Look closely and you will see the leather on the front is latches. Rivets at the top and a snap on the bottom. I didn’t get to post a pic of the back side but the hinges are a discontinued round solid brass.

Thanks again for the positive comments!!

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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cdarney

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#11 posted 07-01-2014 12:27 PM

Beautiful work. I’ve thought of making something similar for a nice old Richard Black cue I have. My biggest problem would be taking it in public. Seems like a target for theft. You’ve made me re-think that concern.

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BubingaBill

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#12 posted 07-01-2014 12:51 PM

Thanks Cdarney!
Think about it like this. It’s much easier to steal a case that looks like every other case but something like this you would spot across a room! It would be like trying to steal the custom car in the lot full of daily drivers. I don’t bother with locks on my cases because they are pointless. If someone wants your stuff a $3 locking latch is not going to stop them. If anything it makes you keep a better eye on your stuff!
I have a walnut case and bring it to league night all the time. Nobody messes with it and several people comment it must have costs a fortune to buy. They are blown away when I tell them I made it myself!

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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BubingaBill

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#13 posted 07-01-2014 02:28 PM

Cdarney,
I just spoke with Richard Black! I admit I didn’t know who he was so I googled him and saw his web site. Damn nice work! I feel like I’m making cases out of old pallets compared to him!!
He gave me some good advice on how to take my cases to the next level. Super nice guy! Thanks for dropping his name!

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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