How to Build a Pool Stick Rack

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How to Build a Pool Stick Rack
Pool cues lend their own colourful design when displayed in a pool stick rack. (Pool Cues image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

You don't have to build your own pool table to showcase your woodworking talent; building a pool stick rack is a great way to add your personal design style to your billiard room. A handcrafted wooden pool cue rack that protects and displays eight cues and has pool ball shelves and a chalkboard that you can use for score or notes is easier to build than you may think.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 1-inch by 6-inch oak board
  • Jigsaw
  • 1-inch by 4-inch oak board
  • 1-inch by 3-inch oak board
  • Drill
  • 1 1/4-inch diameter hole saw bit
  • Router
  • Edging bit
  • Pencil
  • Bowl carving bit
  • Bottom edging bit
  • Straight bit
  • Mitre saw
  • 1 1/4-inch wood screws
  • Carpenter's square
  • Wood putty
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Wood stain
  • Paintbrush
  • Cloth
  • Polyurethane
  • Blackboard, 19 1/8-inch by 25-inch, 1/4-inch thick
  • Felt
  • Utility knife
  • All-purpose household glue
  • 2 picture hangers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use a jigsaw to cut one 35 3/4-inch-long top, one 35 3/4-inch-long base, one 24 1/4-inch-long support bracket and one 25 1/2-inch base plate from 1-inch by 6-inch oak board.

  2. 2

    Cut two 44-inch-long side pieces from the 1-inch by 4-inch oak board with a jigsaw.

  3. 3

    Cut four 24 1/4-inch-long shelves from 1-inch by 3-inch oak board.

  4. 4

    Use a 1 1/4-inch hole saw bit on a drill to drill four 1 1/4-inch-diameter cue holes on each end of the 35 3/4-inch pool stick rack top, one with the centre point 1 3/4-inch from the top edge and 1 1/2-inch from the side edge, one 3 3/4-inch from the top edge and 1 1/2-inch from the side edge, one 1 3/4-inch from the top edge and 3/1/2 inch from the side edge and one 3 3/4-inch from the top edge and 3 1/2-inch from the side edge on both sides for a total of eight holes.

  5. 5

    Round the corners of the top piece with a jigsaw and rout the sides and front edges with a router equipped with an edging bit.

  6. 6

    Set the top piece on the base piece and trace the eight hole openings onto the base piece with a pencil. Use a router equipped with a bowl cutting bit to cut 3/8-inch-deep pockets within the traced outlines on the base piece for the cue rests.

  7. 7

    Round the corners of the base piece with a jigsaw and rout the side and front edges with the edging bit in your router.

  8. 8

    Carve 1-inch-wide by 3/8-inch-deep grooves centred on each of the four shelf pieces with a bowl carving bit on your router. Rout the shelf fronts with a bottom edging bit on your router. Do not change the shelf dimensions when shaping the fronts.

  9. 9

    Use a straight router bit on your router to cut a 3/8-inch-wide by 1/4-inch-deep rabbit 1/4-inch from the back edge of one of the shelves, which will become the top shelf, and the support bracket.

  10. 10

    Cut a 3/8-inch-wide 1/4-inch-deep rabbit along the top 19-inches of the two sides piece back edges with the straight bit in your router for the blackboard.

  11. 11

    Use a mitre saw to cut 5 degree corresponding mitre cuts on the 5-inch widths of the 25 1/2-inch base plate.

  12. 12

    Screw the base plate to the bottom back edge of the base with three 1 1/4-inch evenly spaced wood screws.

  13. 13

    Screw the right hand side to the base plate with two 1 1/4-inch wood screws along the joint.

  14. 14

    Screw the four shelves to the right hand side piece, 5-inches apart up from the base, with 1 1/4-inch wood screws at each horizontal edge.

  15. 15

    Screw the support bracket flush inside the top edge of the right hand side piece with two 1 1/4-inch wood screws.

  16. 16

    Attach the left hand side piece to the base piece, shelves and support bracket with two 1 1/4-inch wood screws in each joint, squaring the assembly with a carpenter's square as you go.

  17. 17

    Secure the top piece flush to the back side and support bracket edges with three equally spaced 1 1/4-inch wood screws along the top and two along each side.

  18. 18

    Fill the screw holes with wood putty. Allow the putty to dry for two hours and sand the entire pool stick display rack with 220-grit sandpaper. Wipe away the sanding dust with a tack cloth.

  19. 19

    Stain the rack by applying one consistently moderate coat of wood stain with a paintbrush and waiting five minutes before removing the excess stain with a cloth. Allow the stain to dry for two hours.

  20. 20

    Apply three light coats of polyurethane with a paintbrush, allowing the finish to dry for 30 minutes between coats.

  21. 21

    Glue a 1/4-inch-thick 19 1/8-inch by 25-inch blackboard within the chalkboard dadoes with wood glue. Cut the felt circles for the cue rests and glue them in place with all-purpose household glue. Attach two picture hangers, 18-inches apart, level on the back of the pool stick rack and hang it equally aligned between two wall studs.

Tips and warnings

  • This pool cue rack can be customised for your room with designs painted or carved on the braces and fronts.
  • Nominal lumber measurements are used for this pool stick rack plan. The actual dimensions of the wood will be slightly smaller.
  • Wear safety glasses when operating power tools.

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