View Full Version : Recovering Table

02-08-2005, 02:06 PM
I need to get my pool table recovered and am thinking about doing it myself.I don't think it can be that hard. Are there any quality do it yourself kits, and where to buy that you guys recommend? Or any tips on recovering?


02-09-2005, 04:41 PM
If you are happy that your table slate is in plane and level, replacing felt is something best learned from someone who does it for a living. I hired someone, took notes, assisted a pro, and watched closely. There are a few books out there that have rudimentary information, like pull patterns for the cloth and what order to tack it down. What you may not learn unless you find a good table mechanic is how to cut and rip your rail cloth, how to putty (not wax) chips and seams in the slate, how to use glue when staples won't get it done, felt padding for shelf drops, which side faces up, cutting new feather strips for the rails, and much more. If you like or even love your table, please get someone to work with you or for you. It will save you time, money, and the high probability of dinging or otherwise damaging your equipment. Once you've seen it done or helped a few times, it will be easier to do it on your own.

My $.02


02-10-2005, 11:19 AM
What kind of table do you have? I've done my own work on my tables for years now. I've had 3 different tables, so I've gotten some good practice. The main thing I've noticed with me is: 1. The tighter you can pull it the better and 2. The rails are time consuming and it is difficult to get them to look just right. Having said that, the more you do it the better you will get at it. I don't see how you can really damage anything. Paying someone to do it for you is an option, but, they want an arm and a leg for it.

02-10-2005, 11:34 AM
At the bottom of the page (on the following link), click on the following...

View The Championship
Fabric Installation Guide


Cloth cutting...

Book: The Green Book - Pool Table Maintenance Manual...

Booklet: Secrets of Pool Table Recovering...

Book: Pool Table Sales and Service
Order from:
Conway Billiards
1696 W. Morton Ave.
Porterville, CA 93257

The following site offers online instructions, but to get a password, you need to make a purchase or pay for access...

BestBilliards - Pool Table Recovering Instructions...

Also there is a book called "Minnesota Fats on Pool" which has recovering instructions.

Note: The only book which covers coin-op tables, and at that very little, is "Pool Table Sales and Service".