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01-22-2003, 05:04 PM
Hey, well for tip maintenance. I have a 18 oz earl strickland cue cuetec cue. I'm just wondering what kind of equipment I should get for keeping my shaft clean. I have the cuetec cleaner/conditioner solution. But as for tip mainenance, I simple sandpaper, and a scuffer. I've noticed my tip is a little lopsided, and i'm very very anal about getting it rounded perfectly. Anyone know any shapers that work well? I was thinking of buying the porper shaper and maybe a burnisher. What are must have's to keep in your case?

Thanks

Leviathan
01-22-2003, 05:38 PM
Greetings, Terracide: Suggest you check out the thread "What's in the Case?". I think you'll find that many players use a patent tool like a Willard's or a Cue Cube for preliminary shaping of tips and then use an emery board or small piece of medium sandpaper to finish the job. But check out the other thread for a range of options.--D.M.

qSHAFT
01-22-2003, 06:47 PM
I made a custom tip shaper for my cue. Found a 2" piece of garden hose with the same internal diameter as I wanted on the tip, then cut out half (sideways) of the middle 1/3 (lengthwise) of the hose (like a semi circular trough) with the whole circular piece of hose still at either end. Then I coated it in an epoxy glue to make it hard. Thats about all there is too it, then you slide a thin piece of sand paper down the hose and it conforms to the shape of the trough, then you just twist the tip in the grove and hey presto a perfectly sherical tip appears.

Hope I explained myself well enough, its a difficult concept without a picture.

SecaucusFats
01-22-2003, 07:24 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Terracide:</font><hr> Hey, well for tip maintenance. I have a 18 oz earl strickland cue cuetec cue. I'm just wondering what kind of equipment I should get for keeping my shaft clean. I have the cuetec cleaner/conditioner solution. But as for tip mainenance, I simple sandpaper, and a scuffer. I've noticed my tip is a little lopsided, and i'm very very anal about getting it rounded perfectly. Anyone know any shapers that work well? I was thinking of buying the porper shaper and maybe a burnisher. What are must have's to keep in your case?

Thanks <hr /></blockquote>

This is the best tip shaper/file I have ever used:
http://www.trogdoncues.com/tip_shaper.htm

For burnishing the edge of the tip (and your shaft) a leather burnishing pad from Cue-Cube works very nicely. When burnishing the edge of the tip I take a Q-Tip swab moisten it with a little water and run it around the entire edge before I use the leather pad to burnish it. Works like a dream! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Poly-Unsaturated Fats

01-22-2003, 08:59 PM
I'm not sure if you're asking about shaft maintenance as well or not, but if you are check out my thread from a few days ago, I think it's called "process for cleaning your shaft."

heater451
01-22-2003, 09:34 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote qSHAFT:</font><hr> I made a custom tip shaper for my cue. Found a 2" piece of garden hose with the same internal diameter as I wanted on the tip, then cut out half (sideways) of the middle 1/3 (lengthwise) of the hose (like a semi circular trough) with the whole circular piece of hose still at either end. Then I coated it in an epoxy glue to make it hard. Thats about all there is too it, then you slide a thin piece of sand paper down the hose and it conforms to the shape of the trough, then you just twist the tip in the grove and hey presto a perfectly sherical tip appears.

Hope I explained myself well enough, its a difficult concept without a picture. <hr /></blockquote>http://heater451.home.mindspring.com/images/tiphose.gif

Is this what you mean?---Why not skip the epoxy step, and use a section of PVC pipe?

BTW, I **threw** this together, so remember "NOT TO SCALE". . . .(Besides, I cut out more than 1/3 from the side, which is what you specified.)


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qSHAFT
01-22-2003, 10:04 PM
Yeah thats pretty much what I came up with, the 1/3 I was refering to was length wise, so that mine was longer and gave a bit more of an enclosed handle at either end. I probably took about 185 degrees out of the cylinder (just a tad over half the side of it) because I really don't like a noticable ridge in the tip shape but a smooth transition to the side of the tip. Most people don't do this but I think it greatly reduces the chance of a miscue using a ton of spin.

The epoxy and hose was done for two reasons, 1) because at that point in time my total tool box consisted of a pair of scissors and 2) the radius I wanted to make it was 9mm, so I needed some really small pipe of which I could only find soft hose. But if I had the option I certainly would have skipped and gone the hard plastic (or even metal).

A tip for doing it with hose is to soak the hose in hot water first to straighten it out.

Thanks for showing the pic!

Fred Agnir
01-23-2003, 07:46 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SecaucusFats:</font><hr>

This is the best tip shaper/file I have ever used:
http://www.trogdoncues.com/tip_shaper.htm<hr /></blockquote>

The Trogdon shaper is certainly an excellent shaper. If the following came in a dime radius, I think it has the Trogdon version beat:

http://home.earthlink.net/~ohagnir/_images/TipTool.JPG

Fred &lt;~~~ likes the handle

Wally_in_Cincy
01-23-2003, 08:09 AM
In case nobody else says it, do not use sandpaper or abrasives on that fiberglas shaft. Use the cuetec cleaner you have.

Wally~~is it groundhog day?

01-23-2003, 09:01 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Fred Agnir:</font><hr>The Trogdon shaper is certainly an excellent shaper. If the following came in a dime radius, I think it has the Trogdon version beat:

http://home.earthlink.net/~ohagnir/_images/TipTool.JPG

Fred &lt;~~~ likes the handle
<hr /></blockquote>Fred, where can a guy pick up one of those? I really like the looks of it, and I haven't seen one around. Nickel radius is fine by me. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

David

Fred Agnir
01-23-2003, 09:12 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote dmorris68:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote Fred Agnir:</font><hr>The Trogdon shaper is certainly an excellent shaper. If the following came in a dime radius, I think it has the Trogdon version beat:

http://home.earthlink.net/~ohagnir/_images/TipTool.JPG

Fred &lt;~~~ likes the handle
<hr /></blockquote>Fred, where can a guy pick up one of those? I really like the looks of it, and I haven't seen one around. Nickel radius is fine by me. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

David <hr /></blockquote>

I got it at the Falcon Booth. They've had them at Valley Forge, and at the BCA Nationals in Vegas. Probably were at the APA and VNEA Nationals, too. They're not on the 'net anywhere. At least, that's what (Falcon rep) Grace Nakamura says. I expect these to be available at the Valley Forge event again this year.

Fred

Eric.
01-23-2003, 09:37 AM
My advice: Save the cleaner and change the stick /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif {joke} I like the Williards Tip shaper http://www.poolndarts.com/product.cfm?sku=25-400 . It can give you that "perfect" round tip and you can carry one on your keychain. I usually keep a spare on my keychain in case I wind up somewhere shooting with a house cue...

Eric

Rich R.
01-23-2003, 10:54 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Eric.:</font><hr> My advice: Save the cleaner and change the stick /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif {joke} I like the Williards Tip shaper http://www.poolndarts.com/product.cfm?sku=25-400 . It can give you that "perfect" round tip and you can carry one on your keychain. I usually keep a spare on my keychain in case I wind up somewhere shooting with a house cue...

Eric <hr /></blockquote>
Try the Universal Willard/Tapper, it is like a two for one deal. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif
http://www.poolndarts.com/product.cfm?sku=25-480

Eric.
01-23-2003, 11:14 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Rich R.:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote Eric.:</font><hr> My advice: Save the cleaner and change the stick /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif {joke} I like the Williards Tip shaper http://www.poolndarts.com/product.cfm?sku=25-400 . It can give you that "perfect" round tip and you can carry one on your keychain. I usually keep a spare on my keychain in case I wind up somewhere shooting with a house cue...

Eric <hr /></blockquote>
Try the Universal Willard/Tapper, it is like a two for one deal. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif
http://www.poolndarts.com/product.cfm?sku=25-480 <hr /></blockquote>

Rich, What's goin on?

I like that one too. I just prefer the smaller on because it fits in my pocket better.

Eric

Perk
01-23-2003, 11:17 AM
I prefer the universal one...Right or wrong, I think its easy to stand/hold it down and spin the cue/shaft so the tip gets nice and round...then all ya got to do is grab the dollar bill for burnishing!