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How It’s Made. ~ Kim Walker {Part 3B}

This is part 3B of Kim Walker’s pool cue “How It’s Made” series—read parts onetwo, three-A to round out your knowledge. (There will be six parts in total, published on a staggered schedule.)

When the glue is dry, the veneer “sandwich” is removed from the press and measured for thickness. It measures .245 inches thick.

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Next the veneer “sandwich” is carefully cut into strips on the band saw.

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The three sizes of ring billets are turned on the lathe.  A cad drawing of the slot in the billets is drawn, and a program is written for the CNC machine. I use BobCad to do the drawing and write the G code, and Mach 3 to control the CueMonster CNC machine.

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Drawing in BobCad

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G code

In the next episode, we will cut the ring billet slots and make the rings.

Read part four here.

If you’d like to talk to the author, Kim Walker of Southern Cue Systems and Walker Custom Cues, you can send him an email at or contact him on Facebook. Photos: Flickr/ (featured.) Process photos provided by author. Editor: Hannah Blue
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