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Project by BubingaBill posted 288 days ago 1843 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Everything started almost 3 years ago when I decided I wanted a nice case for my prize cue. Nothing on the market looked good enough so I decided to make my own. I had a budget of almost nothing so I called my brother who I knew had an incredable amount of walnut and asked if he could help. He can make almost anything and has but he could not grasp what I wanted to do. He kept telling me this would warp because he only deals with 1” thick or more solid wood. I told him I will not be leaving this unlatched and by keeping it closed and dry I should not have an issue. I was right!
He planed down the center of the lid a base to 1/4” thick and the sides are 1/2” with mitered corners. My case has been knocked over several times at home and at tournements and not one crack or problem of any kind!
Once I started bringing it to the poolhalls and bars for league nights people kept asking when I was going to make more. They went nuts for it and it was then I decided to build a few and see what happens.
After overthinking this a few times I thought “why build a cheap case when there are so many of those already on the market”? So I started looking into exotic hard woods and ended up buying a nice selection to make 10 cases. I thought that would be a nice round number and give the customers something of a selection.
I have included in the pictures a copy of my facebook page image. It includes a discription and prices of my cases or you can go to facebook and search WAF custom cue cases and find me.
So far my cases only hold one cue so I decided to make a 2-sided case to hold 2 cues and it’s coming along but it’s big!
I’m designing a somewhat round case now for just one cue and as you can see by the pictures I just can’t make these like the normal stuff on the market! This will be a long Decagon shape with access on one end. I am currently asking everyones help with the design so please feel free to help!!

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





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BTimmons

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#1 posted 288 days ago

I hope your business works out, but it’s hard to appreciate any details with pictures that small.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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BubingaBill

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#2 posted 288 days ago

It only let me post 6 pictures. I will see what else I have as far as close ups.

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

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BubingaBill

247 posts in 289 days


#3 posted 288 days ago

Brian,
I’m not here to sell my business. Rather to learn how to be a better woodworker! I have only sold one case and raffeled the second. Pool players are cheap when it comes to their cases! I think I will be going to E-bay soon. I need the money!
I hope these pictures are more of what you are looking for.

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

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BTimmons

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#4 posted 288 days ago

Bill, I was referring to the size of the pictures, not their quantity. It’s difficult to see details on images with a low resolution. The cases look great as far as I can tell, but it’s hard for us to appreciate the handiwork when we can barely see it.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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HillbillyShooter

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#5 posted 288 days ago

Very nice work—good luck getting a bunch of hustlers to part with their money. Don’t get me wrong, I have a pool table and enjoy playing, but the economics are tough.

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

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BubingaBill

247 posts in 289 days


#6 posted 288 days ago

Brian,
Sorry I took them with my phone. I don’t have a digital camera. Thanks for the compliment!

John,
I’m in the APA (American poolplayers association) and they are a nice bunch. Over half a million members! I have brought out my cases for 2 major tournements thus far and only sold one. I called it my carpenter’s case because it was only made of plywood and lined with old denim. It cost me $5.00 to make and sold it for $50.00 Plus it took only 2 hours to make!!
People are willing to spend a good buck on a case but the market is flooded with oval cases covered in leather. They are nice but they all look the same. I’m trying to change that.

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

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BubingaBill

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#7 posted 288 days ago

Have you seen my post in the design section? I’m looking for imput on a latch mechanism. Please help if you can!

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

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tefinn

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#8 posted 288 days ago

Great looking cases! I’m currently making a case for a friend of mine and hope it leads to selling the occasional case as well. Good luck with them.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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BubingaBill

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#9 posted 288 days ago

Tom.
Any pics?

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

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tefinn

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#10 posted 288 days ago

Bill, no pics yet. It’s just milled lumber at the moment. If all goes well it will be tiger maple with walnut banding. Having the same problem you are with making a two cue case, needs to be more compact and lighter. If I can come up with a good design I hope to have it done by the end of the year.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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Rick

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#11 posted 288 days ago

BEAUTIFUL Cue Cases, My Man!!!

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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hoss12992

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#12 posted 288 days ago

Good job on the cue case and welcome to LJ’s

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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Knothead62

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#13 posted 288 days ago

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BubingaBill

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#14 posted 286 days ago

knothead,
Your link didn’t work. Would you check it again please?

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

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Roger

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#15 posted 33 days ago

Some very finely built cue cases.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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