Thanks for replying @mike, @lukecyca
I will definitely keep you updated on progress…
I’m not using it for cue making from scratch, per se, but for tip changes, finishing, etc. I have a collection of cues (some rare and vintage) that I want to refinish, restore as side projects. Billiards is a small passion of mine and I blog about it also (snookerdelight.com). So that’s my background.
Re: headstock, yes, I would definitely need the cue to pass through. Most cue makers also use plastic (or some variant) for protecting the cue when in the chuck as well. But apart from that, there is no special tech involved.
My main challenges right now: lack of tools to build it (planer, jointer) and skill level (amateur).
I want to also make it portable so that I can be present at shows, events, and provide tip changing and finishing services there.