Cue Composition 

(A quick run through on the construction of the Robinson Cue)


  The construction of the Robinson cue begins with the joint, which combines a specially designed stainless steel T-nut with a micarta housing. The micarta housing is anchored to the forearm using the stainless steel T-nut. If the joint requires inlay work, the micarta housing will first need to be inlayed before being attached to the forearm. The forearm, regardless of the type of wood being used is doweled with a hard rock maple dowel which makes the cue stronger and helps prevent warping, the handle like the forearm is also doweled. After the joint is secured to the forearm it is then turned down and ready to be inlayed (if needed.) Once the inlay work is done, the forearm and the handle are joined, (screwed and glued ) trim rings are also added. Usually during this time the butt sleeve is being inlayed. When the sleeve is completed it is then turned down and glued to the handle along with the butt cap and trim rings. Double black linen or alternative ivory is now used instead of delrin for their butt caps. This allows them to now apply the finish over the butt cap, something they couldn't do with delrin. Also a thin steel ring which surrounds the bumper is set inside the alternative ivory and ivory butt caps, preventing the walls of the butt cap from busting out when struck against the ground to hard. With a 5/16 18 flat head screw securing everything in place, the cue is now ready for a final turn. Once the cue has been turned down and sanded, a PPG finish is applied using an average of 20 coats. After the finish has been properly dried it is then wet sanded and hand polished to a mirrored gloss. The string wrap is then applied which is pressed and lacquer sealed. Though black with white speck irish linen is standard, other colors as well as leather wrap are available. Finally the bumper is added and the butt is complete. The other half of the cue, the shaft , is made from quarter sawn hard rock maple. Robinson shafts also go through a special drying process making the wood stiffer and more stable which helps prevent warping. The most visual aspect of the Robinson Cue is the screw coming out of the shaft. Some of those that are used to the traditional joint may feel that the screw is to small but Robinson believes that the way the joint is designed the screw (5/16 dia. 18 threads per in.) which protrudes a 1/2 inch from the shaft, is more than enough to make it the strongest joint on the market.

  The screw which goes 2" into the shaft is further strengthened with a stainless steel faceplate also adding to the stability. Because of the joint design, all Robinson shafts are interchangeable, so there's no need to send your whole cue in if you need to order a new shaft. Robinson can also make replacement shafts for most any other brand of cue as well.