How to Wrap a Cue Stick in Irish Linen


Billiard and pool cues often have a wrapping or cover on the butt. This wrapping will eventually need to be replaced due to wear or damage. A good wrap job will enhance both the presentation and feel of the cue during play. While some cues are left with the natural wood or synthetic material exposed, Irish linen is the most common wrapping.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood lathe with foot control
  • Elmer's glue (white in color)
  • Toothpicks
  • Irish linen
  • Scissors
  • Pressing block
  • Carefully chuck the butt end of the cue in the lathe and remove the old wrap.

  • Find the hole at each end of where the wrap was and clean out the holes. One hole will be located at the left most portion of the wrap area and the other hole will be at the right edge of the wrap area.

  • Spread a think layer of white glue, such as Elmer's, across the wrap area.

  • Insert the end of the Irish linen into the hole on the left side of the cue, using a toothpick and glue. Break off the toothpick to leave a portion in the hole to anchor the Irish linen.

  • Slowly wrap the linen around the cue, using the foot control to dictate the speed. This is the most difficult and tedious portion of the job. Many revolutions of the cue will be required to cover the wrap area. You will need to apply slight tension to the left to eliminate any gaps between revolutions of the Irish linen.

  • When you have reached the hole on the right most area of the wrap section, insert the Irish linen in the hole with a toothpick that has been dipped in glue.

  • Break off the toothpick close to the wrap to hold the Irish linen in place.

  • Cut the Irish linen with the scissors as close as possible to the toothpick in the section between the toothpick and roll of Irish linen.

  • Let the cue dry for 10 to 20 minutes.

  • Using a linen press, apply constant pressure up and down the Irish linen wrap with the lathe spinning at a medium speed.

  • After the glue has completely dried, remove it from the lathe and remove any portion of the toothpicks that may be exposed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wrapping a cue is a skill that requires patience and becomes easier with practice.
  • Wood lathes can be dangerous when not operated correctly, follow the manufacturers safety guidelines.

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