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Wood to Wood Pool Cue Joints vs Piloted Joints

Wood to Wood Pool Cue Joints vs Piloted Joints

Last night a cue maker showed up at our local pool tourney and laid out his collection of custom butts on one of the tables - a beautiful assortment.

There were no shafts so I asked about the connection. I was told that all the cues had wood to wood joints. I took this to mean that the pins screw directly into wood threads.

Is that the case? And, if so, how durable is this type thread as compared to piloted joints?

Wood to Wood Pool Cue Joints vs Piloted Joints

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  1. acedotcomjeffduke on 12/16/2006 9:45:28 AM

    If the cue maker said the pool cues have a "wood to wood joint", he might not have meant it as you took it.

    As long as there is some wood to wood contact at the joint somewhere, its considered a "wood to wood connection" to me.

    BUT, my favorite kind of cues ALL use the standard 3/8 x 10 pin which threads directly into wooden threads in the shaft. Let me tell you, that type of pool cue joint is really much more resilient than you'd think. I've used these cues for YEARS and never have had one strip out on me, or foul up in any way.

    Who's the cue maker you speak of? Some guys do this joint well, but others need a little help. Fortunately my cue maker does them VERY well, so the more cues I try the more I WANT to stick with his cues!

    You get more "feel" from a wood to wood connection versus a connection which threads into a solid stainless steel joint, in my opinion. But you'll have to decide that for yourself.

  2. acedotcomacedotcom on 1/13/2007 9:13:22 AM

    @jeffduke - Thanks for the imput. You're not alone in your preference for the wood2wood joint. A few guys I know, having stripped their pool cue joint threads, have sworn off that kind of connection. Maybe their cuemakers needed "a little help." Guess I'll have to try one for myself.

    I decided to upgrade my bar cue, so I got myself an Action Elite EP01 cue with Birdseye with Cherry Ebony and Nickel Silver Rings.

    I figured I'd try it because it has a wood-to-wood joint. A $108 cue, it hits better than my Falcon SP which cost twice as much.

    Last night, first time out with the new cue, it helped me win a local bar tournament. When I'm ready to move up in class for a pool cue, I'm definitely going with the wood-to-wood joint.

  3. acedotcomA-Train on 1/15/2007 2:47:49 AM

    It feels like I can not feel anything without a steel to steel joint in my pool cues.

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Wood to Wood Pool Cue Joints vs Piloted Joints

  • Title: Wood to Wood Pool Cue Joints vs Piloted Joints
  • Author: (Michael Toscano)
  • Published: 12/15/2006 8:39:02 AM