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02-23-2007, 07:44 AM
Seven foot K-Pattern slates are sold in dimensions measuring 46" in width, and 85" in length.

Since the playing area is supposed to be twice as long as it is wide, why is the slate's length less than twice the width?

Given that the rails and cushions are going to take up a few inches on each side, what are the exact cushion-to-cushion measurements supposed to be from a 7' K-pattern slate?

Schematic can be found here:

02-23-2007, 09:13 AM
I believe that I have it figured out:

- If the distance from the nose of the cushion to the edge of the slate is exactly 3.5", then the play area will be in a 2:1 ratio (39 x 78"), which is not exactly seven feet, but at least marginally better than the seven footers with 76 x 38" play areas.

This concept must have been developed by the same persons who decided that a 2 x 4 should really be 1.5 x 3.5"

02-23-2007, 09:33 AM
A 7' table should have a playing surface approximately 80" x 40" (78" x 39"?). The length of the rails will determine how far they protrude into the playing surface. It sounds like you'll have the rails overlapping 3" on the sides and 2.5" on the ends.