“Colorado Slim” shares colorful stories about shooting pool and making cues, good and bad ones. He talks about the taper, diameter, stock material, and connectors that make up a good stick. A good pool cue joint, he says, should act like a shock absorber to dampen the impact of the cue and the ball, and another feature is equal distribution of weight along the stick. He explains how to glue up the handle blank and use a jackshaft setup to drill and thread the brass parts on the lathe. He rigged up a steady rest from a pillow-block bearing and turned maple sleeves to fit over different diameters along the tapered shaft and handle. He lets the wood cure for days between turnings, and saves turning the end to receive the ferrule for last. Extensive photos and drawings illustrate the detailed work involved.

From Fine Woodworking #59