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BubingaBill

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10-24-2014 01:59 AM

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Hi all,
I’m building a pool cue case for a marine and I want to make this extra nice for him. He wants a 1920s retro style case and I love the idea! It’s an oak box case to hold 2cues and I want to reces the cues into something but I don’t know what to make the inside out of. I know I could make it out of MDF but that would be way too heavy. I thought of making it out of Styrofoam but that might be too brittle. Does anyone have any ideas on what I could use? I’m thinking closed cell polyethylene but it’s pricey. Any help would be appreciated greatly!
Bill

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#1 posted 10-24-2014 02:06 AM

Are you familiar with Kaizen foam from Fastcap? It comes in different thicknesses, is layered, and can be cut to fit. You can check it out here: (no connection to me. I just know of the product)

Kaizen foam

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#2 posted 10-24-2014 03:03 AM

It looks cool but I’m forgetting to mention that I am covering the foam with fabric. I don’t know if I can stick fabric to this.

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#3 posted 10-24-2014 03:05 AM

I’m wondering how they did this back in the day

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#4 posted 10-24-2014 03:18 AM

Bill, when you say the inside do you mean bridges that would hold the cue sticks in place or do you want something to wrap the lining around or are you thinking of making a molded inside that leaves space only for the cue sticks ?

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#5 posted 10-24-2014 03:32 AM

My best analogy is a gun case interior.
Yes I want to make an interior that holds the cues in place but the pieces are half sunk into the material.

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#6 posted 10-24-2014 03:35 AM

I normally make half pipe like interiors that are universal. This one I want to look molded.

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#7 posted 10-24-2014 04:02 AM

http://www.carrycasesplus.com

Go to custom section. I am ordering an insert to hold a pistol, speed loads, etc…

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#8 posted 10-24-2014 04:28 AM

It may sound hokey or kind of “grade school” but my favorite method of creating custom caddies such as this is papier-mâché. When dry it’s quite hard, sandable, paintable and lightweight. The back side can be filled with an expandable foam, like Great Stuff, to give it a firmness.

If you don’t like the inevitable folds that will happen when lining a curved surface with a cloth material, flocking could be used instead. Of course it wouldn’t have the same feel or be as plush as, say, velvet.

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#9 posted 10-24-2014 10:49 AM

Cork? (Disclaimer: I’ve never used cork in any of my projects, and if DKV finds out I’m advising without a license, I’m dead!)

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#10 posted 10-24-2014 01:00 PM

I’m not too keen on the paper mache but the cork has an interesting sound to it. I will have to look into it a bit more. I was starting to think I would have to make this out of MDF and back drill the heck out of it to lose some weight. But I think it would still be very heavy. On the other hand I could carve the heck out of it to make some nice detail in the slots!

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#11 posted 10-24-2014 01:35 PM

Just use a spray on fabric glue to stick the fabric to the foam (kaizen or similar).

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#12 posted 10-24-2014 01:59 PM

Wow cork is pricey!!

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#13 posted 10-24-2014 02:17 PM

I was starting to think I would have to make this out of MDF and back drill the heck out of it to lose some weight. But I think it would still be very heavy.

- BubingaBill

Ultralight MDF is 1/3 lighter than regular MDF.

Wow cork is pricey!!

If you are up to carving cork, how about carving basswood (or poplar) ?

..Or, for even more adventure, you could block out the spaces with poplar, MDF, cardboard, or anything, and make fillets out of Bondo. (If I’m not mistaken, Bondo is petroleum based so polystyrene wouldn’t work.)

A lightweight idea : build a form, insert a shape to resemble the cue stick (or use the cue stick wrapped in Saran Wrap), and use expandable foam (Great Stuff), making a top and a bottom. With practice, you could even attach your cloth at the same time.

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#14 posted 10-24-2014 02:43 PM

I’m thinking of getting this. http://www.foambymail.com/CF/solid-charcoal-firm-foam.html
Any comments?

I would just be getting the 1” thick slab.

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#15 posted 10-24-2014 03:06 PM

I will look into ultralight MDF. If you picture 4 pieces of 2 pool cues lying side by side with somewhat small gaps between them, then you can picture my issue. The thin strips of material about 1 1/8” high by around 32” long between the cue pieces. I think they would break if I choose the wrong material to build this with.

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

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