ROLAINE Enterprises - Lumber and Wood Products
 
 

ROLAINE Enterprises, Inc. primarily deals in high-quality Hard Maple (Acer saccharum) products.  We concentrate on primarily Hard Maple because our core business is based in Wisconsin, which has one of the highest-density forest growth regions for Sugar Maple.

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Our hard maple baseball bat company (RockBats.COM), requires the processing of straight-grain and careful kiln dried, stress-relieved hard maple. Straight-grain hard maple that is not large enough to make a baseball bat is processed into other high-quality straight-grain maple blanks.

Cue Shaft Blanks.  One of the first things we did when we started processing pool cue shaft dowels was to develop a QUANTITATIVE Grading System.  This means you MEASURE the grain on the blank, and this tells you what grade it is.

Over the years, we have developed a simple, yet objective, grading system that provides the cue maker a clear picture of the grain structure they can expect to receive when ordering from us.

 

ROLAINE Pool Cue Shaft Grading System

Pick the end with the straighter grain, and follow the center growth ring from that end, to the other end of the blank (30" of length).

Grade 1.   The center annual ring at one end remains near the center at the other end.  Not more than plus or minus 1/4" deviation from the center.     (nearly perfect)
Grade 2.   The center annual ring at one end deviates slightly more than plus or minus 1/4" at the other end of the dowel, but less than 1/2"                  (No Run-Off)
Grade 3.  The center annual ring at one end runs down the center for about 1/2 the length, but then runs off the shaft.  When we process these into tapered shaft blanks, we locate the straight-grained end on the narrow end of the final cue shaft.

Grade 4.  The center annual ring runs off the dowel right away.  This is a low-grade dowel based on grain structure.  However, it is given a pool cue dowel grade because it is PHYSICALLY STRAIGHT.   Physically-straight, bright-white maple dowels are still high-quality dowels.

 

(if you ever browse the dowel bin at your local hardware store or lumberyard, you will find that nearly all the dowels are warped, and none are as bright white as those offered here)

Grade 5.  These are dowels that are NOT physically straight.   Their grain structure may be grade 1 through grade 4 quality, and they are always bright-white... but if they are not straight, they are lumped in this final grade.   Great for smaller lathe projects: chess men, pen blanks, etc.

 

Other Maple Blanks. On occasion, we have other hard maple blanks available...

Pool Cue Butt Blanks.  Rough-sawn processed on a band-saw to 1.5"x1.5"x20".  Primarily white sapwood hard maple, with good straight-grain.  Occasionally, we find some material that has good curly or birdseye figure.  If we have it, we'll post it here - so check back often. 

Coring Dowels.  1" diameter by 15" long.

Availability of the various grades - an explanation.  When we first started processing pool cue blanks in the 1990's, we heard cue makers asking for maple shaft dowels with 30 rings per inch and higher. Being a wood scientist, I wanted to get a good feel for the type of availability to expect. 

Below is a histogram we created after measuring hundreds of dowels - this histogram shows the frequency of rings per inch that one can expect when dealing with hard maple lumber.

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Note that majority of dowels will be expected to have between 8 to 15 rings per inch. And less than 10% of all maple will have more than 20 rings per inch.

 

 

Pricing

The following table shows our price structure, based on rings per inch and grade.  Again, we emphasize, the entire matrix shown below is not always available due to the rarity of the highest ring counts, and due to the way we process the cue shaft blanks.  Baseball bats is our primary business, and the cue blanks is a secondary process.

 

Ring count Grade
1 2 3 4
7-9 $10 $8 $6 $6
10-12 $14 $12 $8 $7
13-15 $18 $16 $10 $8
16-20 $22 $20 $12 $10
20+ $30 $30 $20 $15

 

 

Shipping.  We wrap our shaft blanks in poly bags for moisture protection, and ship by USPS Priority Mail.  Large packages are sometimes more economical to ship by UPS Ground.ROLAINE Enterprises

 

 

 

 

 

ROLAINE Enterprises, Inc.      Monona, WI  53716      Lumber@ROLAINE.COM      608.628.WOOD