Fancy Pool Cue Rack

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Project by bobasaurus posted 744 days ago 2046 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this pool cue rack for my coworker. He has an expensive Brunswick pool table, and wanted a custom rack to match, so I did him a favor. It’s made from African mahogany, which is a chore to work. It rips out with any cut, even peels off when you remove tape or glue, and is soft enough to dent easily (though it sands well). But I do like how the wood looks after it’s finished. There is a hinged piece (using a shipwright-style wooden box hinge) that folds down to hold one shorter cue, for playing in tight spaces or weird shots. I also routed a slot for the bridge stick’s head to nest into, and the shaft is aligned with the other cues when they are all placed in the rack. The dovetails on the top box are hand cut (cheated a bit with the bandsaw on the tail side, though), as are the bridle joints connecting the rails to the horizontal supports. The rack is meant to be wall mounted, so I have a french cleat mounted to the back of the box, and another made for the wall attachment.

This was my first real attempt at marquetry, and it came out decent. I used a geometric pattern I found online, and it took me a few attempts before making a descent one. I cut the veneers myself on the bandsaw, and cut the marquetry with the double bevel technique on the scroll saw. I alternated the grain direction between pieces to make a neat reflective effect when the light hits it correctly. The background veneer is walnut, the foreground is the same African mahogany. Inlaying the marquetry piece into the top box was a little messy so the border isn’t perfect… oh well.

I used 4-5 coats of finish. The first coat was a tung oil / poly mix, the rest of the coats were satin wipe-on poly.

Here are the build progress photos (warning: lots of pictures):

-- Allen, Colorado

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#1 posted 744 days ago

it looks awesome, great job on the inlay

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#2 posted 744 days ago

That my friend is a beauty !
Great job all the way around !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#3 posted 744 days ago

That is really nice. Frankly, your last photograph is the best to give an idea of what an outstanding job you have done.

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

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#4 posted 744 days ago

Thanks John. I didn’t get a chance to take many pictures of this before giving it away, and I didn’t really get a good full scale shot, or I would have put it first. When I have the time I like to have my photographer friend take pictures that far outclass mine… oh well, maybe next time.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#5 posted 744 days ago

That is a very nice rack and the hinged holder for the short cue is just awesome .
Wonderful project in every detail.

-- Kiefer 松

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#6 posted 744 days ago

Very nice.
How are the cues held in at the top?

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#7 posted 744 days ago

There are holes that hold the tips of the cues. Since this is wall mounted, you can swing the base of the cues out and down to remove the tip from the hole.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#8 posted 744 days ago

Great job, I really like the cut out for the bridge as well. I’m sure he loves it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 744 days ago

Very impressive work. Thanks for documenting the progress so thoroughly, that was fun to look at.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#10 posted 743 days ago

Nice looking work and good job on the marquetry. Well done.

-- Ben from IL

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