View Full Version : Tip Protectors?

03-24-2005, 10:38 AM
OK, I use joint protectors, but somewhere I saw someone that had tip protectors. Having a lathe in my shop, that I use for making my bamboo flyrod hardware, I jumped out and made a set for my cue out of Delrin. I'm currently playing around with some beautiful Burl Maple protectors that will have a delrin sleeve in them, but for my own personal use only.

Now, here is the problem and the question... Does anyone sell tip protectors commercially. I've had several other players that have asked me about them (made them last week, and have only gone to 2 league nights and 3 tourneys) and where to get them... so far I've just said "I can't remember where to get them." In other words, I do NOT want to get into the tip protector business, I have enough to do with teaching and building flyrods, so I'd like to find a good retailer or wholesaler where I can send the people that want these.

Now, to answer before it gets asked, I'm very particular about my tips... I don't want anything to touch them but chalk or a cue ball. That's why I built the protectors. Besides, even if you wipe the excess chalk off of your cue tip, it still gets in your case then on your shaft, and these little caps have cured that problem.

Any help or direction appreciated!


03-24-2005, 10:56 AM
Howdy Cane,

Here's one I've seen before:


Here's one I haven't seen before:


Hey, Cane, would you reconsider making a couple for "a friend"? Even if I, er, uh, "a friend" provided you with homemade oak to do it?

03-24-2005, 10:58 AM
I just might have to check these out what with that fancy new case I'm getting...

Thanks SPetty!


03-24-2005, 11:24 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SPetty:</font><hr>Hey, Cane, would you reconsider making a couple for "a friend"? Even if I, er, uh, "a friend" provided you with homemade oak to do it?
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Let's see... you've put me up for the night once, fed me all day twice, hugged me every time I've seen you... yeah, I bet I could punch a couple of these out for you as a mere partial repayment for the kindness you've shown Billie and me. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif Do me a favor, have the Boss Man put a dial caliper on the ferrules and give me an exact diameter and email the measurements to me so I can make sure they're a proper fit. I've got some beautiful woods around here that I use for my fly rod reel seats that would make unique and beautiful tip protectors.


03-24-2005, 11:49 AM

How are they going to stay on the tip if SPetty puts her shafts in tip first?

I'm thinking about having the hubby make me a couple.


03-24-2005, 12:12 PM
Good question. I put my tips in joint down, tip up, but I know not everyone does, or can. However, the ones that I made for my cues are a "pop" fit, so if I were to put them in tip down, they wouldn't slip off of the cue into the case. When you pull them off it sounds like a tiny wine bottle opening (for those others in Oklahoma, not all wine bottles have screw on caps! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif ) If her cues go in tip down, then I'll make the delrin sleeve very thin and use as thin a piece of wood on the outside as possible so it will fit down in her case.


03-24-2005, 04:31 PM
Those awful slip on tips you find on bar cues might work if you sort out the right size. I have used them to keep chalk dust out of the case.