OK, I revised the design since our thread from a couple weeks ago. I think it's a real improvement in both appearance and function, compared to the first prototypes. I square, center, and true everything on my lathe before attaching the parts together. I gave one to Sid Vicious, and he used it to complete an installation of the Sumo tip that Chris Cass sent him a few weeks ago. Sid reports that the new tool runs perfectly true and that he got a professional finish on his tip.
My thought is that I might start cranking these out and packaging them with a brief instruction sheet for tip shaping, shaft burnishing, etc, with the idea of selling them on the internet or on Ebay. I'll have to do a real timestudy of how much effort goes into making them, but I think I would be OK if they would bring $20 or maybe $25. I'm looking for opinions on whether y'all think this would be a reasonable expectation. Are there enough folks out there in the billiard world interested in maintaining their own equipment to be worth my trouble?
I guess I could make up a few dozen and shop them around at the BCA nationals in May, just to get a reaction from players.
To the few people that I sent my wooden versions, hey, you test-drove a collector's item [img]/ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]