Pool Cue Rack

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Project by builtinbkyn posted 03-01-2020 03:58 PM 726 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a hobbyist woodworker, it’s nice to have a genuine need for something so we can then make it and display it. I made this free-standing rack to hold pool cues and accessories for my pool table. Prior to making this, the cues, racks and other accessories were just propped against the wall and set on the window sill by the table. This is a much nicer solution to keep everything together and secure.

It’s made from quarter sawn white oak with walnut accents. It’s finished with Maloof poly oil. It was a fun project that required a little of everything – hand tool work, turning and hand shaping and scraping. Though I was never really a fan of oak, I found I like it much better finished with oil and really like the combination of white oak and walnut. I plan on making a few more projects using this combination.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#1 posted 03-01-2020 04:02 PM

Nice!! I agree that having an ability to “solve” home based needs is rewarding. Your projects always turn out great, with careful consideration of form and function

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#2 posted 03-01-2020 04:16 PM

Swanky. I like the look of your cue holder a lot more than the typical boxy affair. Plus, every time you see it you will admire it and be proud of it. That is one of the reasons for doing woodworking.

Nice work and great design.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 03-01-2020 04:51 PM

Nice, Bill! I have to agree with Earl that it’s awfully swanky. ;-) But where do you set the pitcher of beer? My memory is that it’s impossible to shoot pool without a pitcher of beer.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 03-01-2020 04:59 PM

Almost a piece of Art! Match’s the table perfectly. I have found after working with different woods I have grown to appreciate and like QSWO a lot more:) Something about the rays and fleck appearing after you cut into a rough slab makes me excited? As for Walnut what can you say?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 03-01-2020 07:01 PM

Very nice. It is a great match to that beautiful pool table.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 03-01-2020 07:01 PM

this would be one of the fanciest racks i have ever seen goes well with the table GREAT JOB :<)) nice to see you posting again

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#7 posted 03-01-2020 07:31 PM

That looks great Bill! The design was well thought out.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#8 posted 03-01-2020 07:38 PM

top of the line bill the table and rack match perfectly and it all fits the look of the room the guys said where to put the beer,i think a couple tall tables are the next project?nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#9 posted 03-01-2020 08:13 PM

Too nice to just have beer, maybe a single malt.

Bill, nice design to compliment the table. As usual, excellent craftsmanship.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#10 posted 03-01-2020 11:31 PM

I think the way the base echoes the design of that stunning pool table makes the whole thing work. Its an amazing table and room and the rack compliments it. This execution is artful.

My wife loves that she can say hey we need x or y and I can usually build it. When I get a new tool she is usually interested in what it can do. I don’t have to justify it, one of the reasons I love her, but it helps her think if there’s something we need I can now make..

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#11 posted 03-02-2020 01:00 AM

That’s gorgeous! Did you make the pool table too?

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#12 posted 03-02-2020 01:29 AM

That s gorgeous! Did you make the pool table too?

- Jerry

after my comment i said to myself,did he also do that?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#13 posted 03-02-2020 03:56 AM

Hey thanks folks. Always love making something I can use. And no I didn’t make the pool table too lol That’s way above my pay grade. I do believe there is an LJ that does make some pretty awesome pool tables. I remember seeing some in the projects section.

I’m not really a pool player though I used to play for beers back in college in the campus pub and at local bars. Also a friend had one in the basement that we played on. This pool table was left in the house by the prior owners and was located in the space where my shop is now. Had a company to relocate it so I could play games with power and hand tools in that space ;) There was a skimpy wall-mounted rack that held the cues. Figured I could make one that didn’t need holes poked in the wall.

This was one of those projects that I needed to make a mockup of first, even after doing a few sketches.

Oh! I almost forgot to mention and I never posted it as a project, but one other thing I did make is the light fixture above the table. I bought the shades to match the standing lamp on the other side of the loft. They’re made from dried tea leaves. Thought it would look nicer than the usual pool table lamps.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#14 posted 03-02-2020 01:01 PM

Nice cue rack, nice pool table… Man, nice house! And looking back a project or two…what a nice shop.

Great design on the rack. It really accents the form of the table. Beautiful job. Thanks for sharing it.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#15 posted 03-02-2020 01:15 PM

That’s bad ass Bill! I love QSWO and Walnut together and that design is excellent. I really hate that you have to deal with all that natural light and such a nice view out the window. I feel a little more sorry for you every time you show another section of that house. You’re a real trooper for sticking it out there.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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