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02-13-2003, 04:59 PM
It was brought to my attention the other night that if you take a dollar bill and vigorously rub it on your shaft, your shaft will become slick. Anybody ever try this? Is this detrimental to the wood of the shaft?

SPetty
02-13-2003, 05:13 PM
Hi captain,

I have no reason to doubt it. I would suspect a new dollar bill is rougher than many of the slicker papers that many people use.

I would caution, however, that you might end up transferring the ink from the dollar to the wood. I used a new dollar once time to burnish a tip for a friend, and discolored the ferrule with the ink from the dollar. I felt real bad about that. /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif

SecaucusFats
02-13-2003, 06:49 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote captain:</font><hr> It was brought to my attention the other night that if you take a dollar bill and vigorously rub it on your shaft, your shaft will become slick. Anybody ever try this? Is this detrimental to the wood of the shaft? <hr /></blockquote>

You can get the same effect if use ordinary kraft paper like in paper grocery bags, or a leather cue slicker. The process is called burnishing, and it works best if you get the shaft good and hot from all the polishing.

If your shaft is very dirty, clean it first, and fix any dings with a little steam. Afterwards you can use some burnishing strips like Q-Smooth, and then proceed to the final burnishing.

Fats

Troy
02-13-2003, 07:43 PM
I was told by a Cue Maker that a brown paper grocery bag is about the same as 1000 grit sandpaper. For that reason, I prefer a piece of natural leather. Also, as SPetty said, ink from currency can transfer to the shaft.

Troy
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote captain:</font><hr> It was brought to my attention the other night that if you take a dollar bill and vigorously rub it on your shaft, your shaft will become slick. Anybody ever try this? Is this detrimental to the wood of the shaft? <hr /></blockquote>
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SecaucusFats:</font><hr>
You can get the same effect if use ordinary kraft paper like in paper grocery bags, or a leather cue slicker. The process is called burnishing, and it works best if you get the shaft good and hot from all the polishing.

If your shaft is very dirty, clean it first, and fix any dings with a little steam. Afterwards you can use some burnishing strips like Q-Smooth, and then proceed to the final burnishing.

Fats <hr /></blockquote>

Rod
02-13-2003, 07:57 PM
Hi Troy,
If a grocery bag was about the same as 1000 then a lot of people have been wasting their money on sandpaper including me. I wish it was, those sheets are expensive. Many times I use the back side of fine grit for burnishing.

SpiderMan
02-13-2003, 10:08 PM
Troy,

I think he was pulling your leg. 1000 grit is not all that smooth, and it generates a noticeable amount of dust from all the wood removed. No way to get that with a grocery sack.

I final-sand with 9-micron sandpaper made by dupont for polishing glass. It's basically equivalent to a 2800 grit on plastic backing, and you can still see a little bit of fine dust on it with an eye loupe.

SpiderMan

<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Troy:</font><hr> I was told by a Cue Maker that a brown paper grocery bag is about the same as 1000 grit sandpaper. For that reason, I prefer a piece of natural leather. Also, as SPetty said, ink from currency can transfer to the shaft.

Troy
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote captain:</font><hr> It was brought to my attention the other night that if you take a dollar bill and vigorously rub it on your shaft, your shaft will become slick. Anybody ever try this? Is this detrimental to the wood of the shaft? <hr /></blockquote>
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SecaucusFats:</font><hr>
You can get the same effect if use ordinary kraft paper like in paper grocery bags, or a leather cue slicker. The process is called burnishing, and it works best if you get the shaft good and hot from all the polishing.

If your shaft is very dirty, clean it first, and fix any dings with a little steam. Afterwards you can use some burnishing strips like Q-Smooth, and then proceed to the final burnishing.

Fats <hr /></blockquote> <hr /></blockquote>

Troy
02-13-2003, 10:21 PM
Maybe he was pulling my led as Spidey suggested... /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif
By the way, I save used 600 &amp; 1000 grit and use it for burnishing. It works fairly well with little or no dust residue.

Trot
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Rod:</font><hr> Hi Troy,
If a grocery bag was about the same as 1000 then a lot of people have been wasting their money on sandpaper including me. I wish it was, those sheets are expensive. Many times I use the back side of fine grit for burnishing. <hr /></blockquote>

02-14-2003, 03:28 PM
Are there any other common household burnishers that don't get ink on or sand your shaft, besides leather?

Troy
02-14-2003, 03:36 PM
I've used the cover from a book of matches. Also used waxed paper.

<blockquote><font class="small">Quote 9 ball junior:</font><hr> Are there any other common household burnishers that don't get ink on or sand your shaft, besides leather? <hr /></blockquote>

ragbug74
02-14-2003, 04:21 PM
The back of a business card works well.

02-14-2003, 04:53 PM
Thanks for the replies. I didn't even think of transferring the ink to my shaft. Glad I didn't try.

02-14-2003, 11:37 PM
rubbing your shaft with a dollar bill is stupid, why rub green ink into your shaft? Stop sanding &amp; ruining your shafts, you get simple dirt &amp; chalk dust plus hand oils on your shaft, dont sand it off, when you get home, just wipe the shaft clean with a damp towel, all that junk comes off, then dry it with a soft towel. If I do sand, I use 8000 grit, so no wood comes off. Fast Larry www.fastlarrypool.com (http://www.fastlarrypool.com)

rackmup
02-15-2003, 08:28 AM
Just a thought:

Fast Larry says using a dollar bill to burnish your shaft deposits green ink on your shaft. Hmm...never had it rub off on my shaft. Or, on my hands, or my wallet or the pocket lining of my pants for that matter (and trust me...I've spent a lot of dollar bills in my day.)

I think the Secret Service ought to know about Larry's "special" one-dollar bills.

Regards,

Ken (if you use one of Uncle Sam's legitimate bills, ink will NOT transfer to your shaft. Using a piece of note book paper will not result in you having lines and a margin suddenly appear on your cue either. Using one of Larry's bills however, might be detrimental to your freedom.)

Sid_Vicious
02-15-2003, 08:53 AM
I too pondered any time I had transfered color from the bill, even to the white ferrule material while burnishing and I'm like you...don't think I had that happen before...sid

Deeman
02-15-2003, 10:10 AM
I remember Fats saying. "Only a Mootch uses a dollar bill to smooth his shaft, a player uses a hundred dollar bill!" I have been using a dollar bill for years and have not had any die come off on my shaft. Maybe you guys are playing with funny money although the dollar is weaker these days!

Dee

Ich Glaube Larry ist eine Profi, aber nich so guet.

Jon from MN
02-15-2003, 02:30 PM
I think the chalk makes my shaft blue enough. I have used a dollar many time no problems for me. Jon from mn

02-15-2003, 09:39 PM
Is there such a thing as burnishing to often (does it ever damage the shaft at all)?

02-16-2003, 09:42 AM
When did I say I was doing anything to my shaft? I was merely looking for feedback on the use of currency on a shaft.

Sid_Vicious
02-16-2003, 12:10 PM
"It was brought to my attention the other night that if you take a dollar bill and vigorously rub it on your shaft, your shaft will become slick. Anybody ever try this?
Is this detrimental to the wood of the shaft?"

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I counted "shaft' three times in your 3 sentence post which started this thread....sid