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05-05-2005, 06:22 AM
im interested in building a table. iv got a good idea what i want. 6x3 or 7 1/2x3x1/2 with partical board, because slate is to expensive for a 1st built table. im having to problems tho, 1 is finding plans on a table and 2 is how the sides of the table are made, iv seen diarys of peoples tables but they make them differently, some use rubber and some dont. any help people ??? /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
05-05-2005, 07:54 AM
I have a great deal of information on how to make a pool table. You can purchase the rails for little or nothing. You can actually purchase the rails & the pockets on Ebay for about $200
However, you will be throwing money away, because you will likely not ever sell this Pool Table to anyone. So, if you end up with 5-6 hundred dollars in this table & it doesn't play well, remember that you could have purchased a Bar Box for the same investment.
05-05-2005, 08:34 AM
i guess what im looking for is some info like some pictures and diagrams of how the rails are ment to work, i dont want something that looks like them but dosnt give the right amount of bounce when the balls hit it.
05-05-2005, 09:35 AM
Flathander, what is your reason for building a pool table, rather than buying one? /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif
If you want to have an exercise in building something, by all means, build a pool table. However, I would recommend a nice furniture project instead.
If you want to build yourself a pool table, to save money, forget it. Re-read Ceebee's post. Chances are excellent, that you will end up with a pool table that is not good. It will have nothing to do with your craftmanship. Because you are not planning on using slate for the bed of the table, it will be impossible to keep it from warping. If it is not warped when you finish the project, it will be soon after you are done. My guess is, it will be warped within the first year.
If you want a pool table, and you are on a budget, take your time and shop for a used table. Have a good table mechanic recover and set it up for you. You won't be sorry and you will be better off, in the long run.
Rich is right... Tuesday one of my old pool room customers called me and said he had bought a table and asked me if I could come and shim the slates for him and get it ready to cover. I go to his house and he had a Murray table that was in very nice good condition. I asked him where he got it and he said a friend of his had bought it about 15 years ago out of a pool room that was closing in Kansas City. He paid his friend $300 for this table. All it needed was new cloth and pockets. I offered him $650 for it, like it sat, but he just grinned and said "Nah, I think I'll hang onto this one."
Point is, that if you look in the right places, patiently, you can find a table for what you're going to spend building one, that will not lose value or playability over time... as a matter of fact, it might even gain value over what you pay, if you find the right kind of table for the right price.
BTW, if anyone is interested, my next door neighbor used to own a resort in Hot Springs Arkansas. He has a pre 1910 Brunsick table that came out of the resort for sale (I don't know how much and won't get a penny if he sells it) that is accompanied by a picture of Mosconi playing on the table in the resort. If anyone's interested, email me and I'll get the guys phone number for you. Not advertising, just mentioning.
05-05-2005, 11:34 AM
doing a simple Google search...pool table construction..
I've toured the Rebco plant in Clovis,Ca....he has a quarter mil, worth of machinery, to build tables...and you have???
It's just basically a box,on legs....but what makes that box into a pool table, are the slate bed, and the rails/cushions.
You are planning to not use slate, and have no idea how to build rails.....you're project is doomed from the start, I believe.
A friend had a table that used particle board, instead of slate...and it was junk, not worth playing on.
You can go to Sears, maybe Wal-Mart, or buy a cheap Olhie for just a few hundred ...probably for the same price that you would pay for materials....
But, if you really want to build your own....remember:
green side up
05-05-2005, 04:31 PM
Here's another site with plans
05-05-2005, 07:03 PM
if you do decide to build a table , Here's a set of 7 foot rails & pockets for $100 plus shipping
05-07-2005, 07:27 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Flathander:</font><hr> Hi
im interested in building a table. iv got a good idea what i want. 6x3 or 7 1/2x3x1/2 with partical board, because slate is to expensive for a 1st built table. im having to problems tho, 1 is finding plans on a table and 2 is how the sides of the table are made, iv seen diarys of peoples tables but they make them differently, some use rubber and some dont. any help people ??? /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif <hr /></blockquote>
You might find this useful.
http://www.billiardsdigest.com/ccboard/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=ccb&Number=183597&Forum=Al l_Forums&Words=christopheradams&Match=Username&Sea rchpage=4&Limit=25&Old=allposts&Main=183567&Search =true#Post183597
05-08-2005, 10:59 AM
I believe the magazine Fine Woodworking also had an article years ago on building a pool table.
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