Some have asked, "What is the CUE SMITH INLAY MACHINE and how does it work?" In technical terms it is a Three Axis Linear Motion Manual Pantomill with .001" micro adjustments. It has the ability to cut out the part from your inlay material (Ivory, Abalone, Wood, Silver, Gold, Mother-of Pearl, Plastic, etc...) then cut the pocket out of the cue to accept the part. You can also make patterns with this machine.
The normal procedure for this is to use either the male or female template to cut the parts out using the .055" bit while adjusting the size of the part by the size of the stylus used. Then you chuck up the cue in the machine using the indexing head and use the .055" cutting bit and mill (hog) out the middle of a row of pockets in the cue, then you decrease the size of the stylus and the size of the bit to the .035" and clean up the edge of the pockets until the parts fit perfectly. Now you are ready to glue the parts into the cue. Once dry you turn down the inlays flush with the cue on your lathe.
The ADVANCED CUE BUILDING VIDEO-Points and Inlays! shows in more detail how this is done. The video is free with Inlay Machine or Inlay Attachment for your Cue Smith Lathe. If you want to see it in action you can buy the video for $50 plus shipping. If you decide to buy the Inlay Machine you get the $50 off on the machine. The video also shows how to make standard V-groove points on your lathe. It has a variable speed Multi-Pro cutting head (5,000 to 35,000 RPMs). It comes with a Master set of patterns that cut four diamonds, a oval and a floating point, 10 of the .035" and 5 of the .055" Carbide Cutting Bits, Milling Table, Several Styluses, Offsetting Dead Center (levels tapered cue under cutter), Indexing Head, Tailstock and more. It has ultra smooth and easy movement! All the cues below were inlaid with the Cue Smith Inlay Machine and completely assembled on the Deluxe Cue Smith Lathe!