- jeffduke on 12/29/2006 9:13:20 AM
Do you have any tip removal or pool cue re-tipping tools?
Here's what I do. I take a razor blade with my tip on a block of wood as not to scratch anything important, and I cut the tip off leaving about 1/8 inch of the tip left.
I get my sander out and onto my shaft in place for "shaving" the tip. The sander has coarse sandpaper on it to make it quick, then once my tip is almost gone, I change the sandpaper to a really fine grit sandpaper to finish it off without sanding away a lot of the ferrule once the tip is gone.
Inside the clamp that goes onto the shaft, I place a penny roll as not to scratch my shaft while doing it.
This sander can be found at Muellers, and it is less than $20, with sandpaper refills being about $5 I think.
If I don't feel like doing this, and usually I don't, I just run my shaft down to Bob DZ and let him change it for me. He's only about 10 minutes away from me!
- CaptainHook on 12/29/2006 9:25:53 AM
That will be great, being able to re-tip your own cues. If I could do that, I would be trying out different tips all the time, until I found one I really liked.
If I tried anything like that, the tip would wind up cockeyed, I would have two or more fingers glued together and a blob of glue would drip down the shaft and I would wind up with the entire shaft glued to the table.
I take mine to a local guy, who lives about 10 minutes from my house.
- acedotcom on 12/29/2006 10:35:02 AM
With my better cues, I take them to Roger, the tip guy at Capone's.
Since I have a supply of Sniper and Tiger tips, he'll put them on for me for $10.
With my el-cheapo Players cue that I use for bars, it's not worth it to pay $10 for a tip change since 5 tip changes would cost me the price of a new el-cheapo cue.
For those cues, I remove the old tips with a razor blade of a carpet knife, shaving it as close to the end of the ferrule as I can. Then I switch to the sander. It's the same as the others described here.
I too put something between the clamp and the shaft to prevent indentations but you have to be careful that this padding doesn't screw up the alignment. Otherwise you might wind up with a slanted cock-eyed ferrule. I did that once.
Last thing I do before gluing with superglue gel is sand the bottom of the tip by running it back and forth over some fine sandpaper.
- jgpool on 12/29/2006 11:32:03 AM
This is all good info. I will probably get my fingers glued together too! But the bright side of this is that it will more than likely improve my bridge. I can take them in to get them re-tipped but I just thought it would be something else that I could learn. New things like this help me stay centered when they show me how incompetent I am with new stuff.
@jeffduke - I have the sander on my list to order from Mueller's as well as the other stuff necessary for the process. I just need to submit the order. You just confirmed that the sander will work and that was what I was looking for, confirmation. Once again you have the right answer. I will be trying this on some bar cues first.
- George on 12/29/2006 10:55:57 PM
I cut mine off with a pair of pvc pipe cutters. Nice smooth cut. Then I sand down the rest with fine sand paper.
- A-Train on 12/30/2006 3:45:00 PM
There is a guy at my local hall who does this on the side. He'll change your tip and ferrule for like $15. I need a new tip, thanks for the reminder.
- jgpool on 1/4/2007 5:21:46 PM
I just received the tip sander and refills, some tips, glue, and tip holders.
Now I have to get to work. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction and for sharing your tried and true experience.
- BHQ on 1/4/2007 5:41:06 PM
Either loan the cue to a goofy 17 year old trying to do massé shots, or cut it off with a razor knife.