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9 Free DIY Pool Cue Rack Plans You Can Make Today

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If you own a pool table, a rack to hold your pool cues is something handy to have around. A lot of people will buy them; however, if you’ve got a knack for woodworking, it’s much more fun and rewarding to build your own cue holder.  This can be done in a variety of ways, some simple, others complex. You can use expensive wood like walnut, or you can use cheap scraps of wood that you find laying around your shop or garage.

We’ve gathered a list of designs, ranging from simple and thrifty, to more elaborate and advanced.  This way you can pick the design that is right for you. Happy woodworking!

1. Wall Mounted 6 Cue Holder from Corey Rametta

This pool cue rack is a wall-mounted design made from walnut. It holds 6 pool cues, and also can hold other accessories such as a billiards brush, cue chalk, etc.  It’s an elegant design made of walnut, and you’re going to need some woodworking experience, in addition to a fair amount of tools to build it.

2. Transforming Pool Cue Rest from Instructables and desertsniper

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This unique and compact design folds up to a portable shape and can be carried in a cue case.  When in use, it sits on the edge of a bar table, weighted by a steel rod in the body. It has arms that swivel out from the center, folding open to hold up to 4 pool cues.  The arms are stabilized with brass rods.  This is a nifty little device to whip out at a bar to impress your friends!

3. 12 Pool Cue Rack from Andy Rawls

Not only does it hold up to 12 cues, this rack can also hold a set of balls, and the pool triangle.  This is a complex design, and it’s great for hardcore pool enthusiasts that frequently play with larger groups of people, or that have a lot of pool cues.  The designer used an X-Carve, an automated carving tool.  Get ready for some elaborate craftsmanship!

4. 1-Hour DIY Cue Rack from Saldana Designs

This is a much more simple and minimalist design that holds 4 pool cues. It takes only an hour to build, and only requires a single piece of wood to make. The holes are drilled at the right diameter to allow the pool cues to go partially through, but not all the way so they are held in place.  The only tools used were a drill press to make the holes, and a power drill to fasten the brackets.

5. Simple Pool Cue Rest from Instructables

Simple Pool Cue Rest from Instructables

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This cue rest is also for bar tables, but it has a much simpler design than the transforming cue rest. It’s simply a block of hard wood with notches rounded out of it. This plan also incorporates leather, so the pool cues lay on a soft surface that doesn’t scratch them.  It’s weighted with lead, so it sits firmly on the edge of a bar table without falling off. The builder also used a rubber mouse pad to help the cue rest grip the table, so it easily holds 4 pool cues without budging. 

6. Affordable Wall Mount Cue Holder from Chuck Huff

Scraps of wood are used to make this design affordable and very easy to make. Perfect for people who don’t have thousands of dollars’ worth of woodworking tools lying around!  There’s no advanced woodworking involved, all that’s required is some scrap wood and a grinding tool to make grooves for the pool cues.  The only material you need is a small section of 2×4.  It can be made in a short amount of time, and it holds 4 cues.

7. Sliding Dovetail Pool Cue Rack from Third Coast Craftsman

Simple and sleek, this is a beautiful walnut design that looks great when polished. It requires careful attention to detail, despite its seemingly straightforward design.  The designer hand carved the divots that hold the pool cues, for an added touch.  When finished, it’s wall-mounted and holds 8 pool cues. 

8. Interior Door Billiard Rack from Tommy Boy DIY

This guy made a pool cue rack that’s also a secret door.  It holds 6 pool cues with a swinging arm that allows easy access. It has shelves with divots, so it can hold a full set of balls. It also has extra shelves for triangles, chalk, brushes and any other accessories you could need.  He installed a chain mechanism that unlocks the door, and pushing on the frame reveals a secret room!

9. Pool Cue Stand – Made from a Pool Cue from League Customs

This youtuber used an old pool cue and a ball to serve as the frame for a freestanding pool cue rack.  He attached a round wooden base with divots to the bottom of the old pool cue.  The top piece has holes for the pool cues to go through. The rack holds 8 pool cues, and takes up very little floor space. 

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