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 "A" Joint Construction

Most cues have a forearm section joined to the handle at what is referred as the “A: Joint. There are a number of techniques which can be used. The method I prefer when the handle will be wrapped  follows. This joint is stronger than the wood on either side of it. This joint will be covered by the wrap so appearance is  not important.


This cue has a cored ebony forearm, Bloodwood trim ring and maple handle. First a .750” diameter tenon  1.5” long is cut on both the forearm and handle. Grooves to hold glue plus glue relief grooves are cut in both tenons. Then holes are drilled and tapped in both tenons for a Radial Pin Connecting Screw. The Connecting screw has a glue relief groove machined  its full length. A piece of .750” I.D. x 1.375” O.D. Black linen tube is cut to a length which will prevent the ends of the 2 tenons from contacting each other after assembly which in turn prevents “buzz” noise.  


The joint is dry assembled and run in the lathe to ensure all surfaces are properly faced and the butt will be straight and true after it is glued up. Note the glue relief holes in the linen collar.


Finally all surfaces are given a liberal coating of epoxy and screwed together. Glue escaping from both ends and the center of the linen tube indicate there are no voids.


Finally the excess glue is wiped off and the glue allowed to cure for 24 hours before the butt sleeve is installed.