View Full Version : Curious about the woodworking involved in cue mfg

09-11-2003, 08:30 AM
I'm a woodworker & would like to become more knowledgeable about how cues are made. Especially the inlay work ... it would seem to me to be very difficult to rout a point into a curved object to accept an inlay - my guess is that overarm pin routers are used. Anybody know of a web site that gives illustrations of the process .... thanks


09-11-2003, 08:33 AM
this will get you started


09-11-2003, 09:01 AM
The work is done with engraving type panograph machines both manual and cnc. You are right about the points. Since the cue is round and not very thick, the base portion of the point requires the removal of a lot of material to be sure the inlay is within the radius of the cue. This is one of the knocks on points made this way. When the inlay is glued in, does it add back the integrity to the cue that was removed when all that wood was routed out? It is really an easy process, the real trick is the indexing and positioning of the cue to be inlayed. It takes a little know how to lay it out, as well as some artistic ability. You see a lot of pretty uninteresting looking cues or just copies of other designs. A lot of cuemakers have shop tours on their web sites. here is one that shows a little of what you were asking about.

09-11-2003, 05:59 PM
Thanks ... amazing stuff - I'm surprised how points are inserted into a blank ... craftsmanship at its highest !!