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02-06-2007, 10:08 AM
Once you finally do find that cue, what is the best way to protect it from becoming warped?

02-06-2007, 10:35 AM
I don't know a lot about cues, but warping is caused by the wood absorbing and losing moisture. Hardwoods like maple that is used for cues, and poplar that is used in pool table frames, are naturally warp-resistant.

The best way to prevent warping is to avoid swings in humidity and temperature. Some people can examine the shaft of a cue and determine from the "tightness" of the grain whether or not it will be prone to warping.

Applied sealants/conditioners might help.

02-06-2007, 11:18 AM
Never leave the cue in the car overnight or for any length of time.
When you take it into the house try to store it in a place that has a fairly consistent temp and humidity.
If its a good cue that will do the trick.
Good luck and good shooting!

02-06-2007, 12:55 PM
BUY AN AMERICAN CUE. If you buy a cue made in a country, that has a different weather pattern than here, you are looking for trouble. For example if you buy a cue made in a country that has a hot humid weather & you live in Illinois where the humidity gets 6% in the winter, you will have problems with warpage & your wrap will probably come loose, when the wood shrinks. Never store your cue in a rack, that's on an outside wall. Never lean it against the wall...JER

02-06-2007, 02:59 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote alameda5:</font><hr> Once you finally do find that cue, what is the best way to protect it from becoming warped? <hr /></blockquote>

Keep the cue stored in a good quality tube type case in a vertical position. Make sure the cue and case are in an environment that YOU would be comfortable in, as far as temperature and humidity are concerned. Don't subject the cue to extended storage in an automobile or truck where it can be subjected to freezing cold or extreme heat.

Never get the shaft excessively wet. Wiping the cue with a damp (not soaking wet) rag, towel, or Magic Sponge is OK as long as you dry it immediately afterwards with a couple of sheets of paper towel using a brisk burnishing motion prior to doing anything else to it.

Burnish the cue often with a leather slicker pad. At least once a year, have a competent cue repair person clean, reseal and polish the shaft.


02-07-2007, 01:16 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote alameda5:</font><hr> Once you finally do find that cue, what is the best way to protect it from becoming warped? <hr /></blockquote>

Here are some tips:

1. Never lean the cue to a wall over a prolonged period time nor put in a cue rack wherein the cue will lean. Leaning the cue puts stress on specific part of the cue that will lead to warpage.

2. Store the cue vertically. You can also hang it freely on its own weight to keep its straightness (this way, gravity pulls the cue only in one direction). Don't store it horizontally for a prolonged period of time as lateral forces will act on the different parts of the cue

3. Invest on a GOOD CASE, preferably a hard one since this will protect your cue from impacts &amp; environmental factors. The case must have the ability to ACCLIMATE so that your cue will not be subjected to SUDDEN change in temperature. Store your case vertically also.

4. Never expose your cue to extreme and/or sudden change in temperatures. Rule of the thumb is if your surrounding is too hot/cold for you, then so as to your cue. Therefore, don't leave your cue in the car, nor place it in front of an air conditioning or heating unit. Also, let your cue have ample of time to ACCLIMATE before taking it out from the case.

5. Humidity will warp your shaft since it has no coating (unlike with butts w/c have clear coats). So, keep your cue in a cool dry place even if it's stored in a case.

6. Burnish your shaft often to keep the wood fibers compact. Wax the butt occasionally to protect the finish &amp; keep its gloss. The wax serves as protective/sacrificial layer for pollutants like acid from your sweat and other liquids that may get on it.

7. Wipe your cue with scratch-free cloth such as microfiber cloth after playing to remove sweat, chalk dusts, etc. to prevent build ups in your case.

8. Don't spar with your cue, swing it like a bat, nor use it as a WEAPON /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHICH COUNTRY YOUR CUE COMES FROM. If the fallacies regarding this were true, then the pros should have experienced these problems as they compete from different parts of the world, and Custom Cue Makers and other popular production cues (such as Adam, Longoni, and even Dufferin) wouldn't have gained international recognitions

You may not know it but some, if not most, of the known production US cues are made internationally due, to cost factors such as labor, even if the raw materials are from North America. If the WOOD is CURED properly, and the cue is made carefully and being SHIPPED properly, then it should not experience any problems of warping. Come to think of it, during transit, the cue has already time to ACCLIMATE . It does not matter whether a cue came from coldest part of Japan nor the most arid part of Nevada, so long as the cue has time to acclimate or adjust to the climate, the cue will be perfectly fine. With acclimatization , the FIBERS in the wood will not contract nor expand abruptly, which results to WARPAGE

One thing about wooden cues is that it's made of FIBERS. Whether you like it or not, these FIBERS have the tendency to MOVE. CURING the wood helps the FIBERS to STABILIZE, therefore a well-cured wood will keep your cue straight for a long time. However, there is no guarantee that a wood will never warp. As cue makers say, If the cue is a warper, then then it is a warper. But Cue Makers do their best to avoid warpage; not only does it give a bad image, it also incurs COSTS as you send these cues back. That's why you often have warranties from reputable Cue Makers, to keep us, the consumers, happy should the WARPERS come up

hope this helps /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

02-07-2007, 07:34 AM
Sygfrid gave very good advice. I must admit I have been tempted to buy one of Edwin Reyes cues from the Philippines, he does beautiful work.

02-07-2007, 11:41 AM
Thanks for all the advice!