View Full Version : Brand new table not level!

12-08-2007, 08:09 PM
My family just bought a new, fairly cheap, Billiards table. We just assembled it a couple days ago and have noticed that there seems to be a bend in the middle causing the balls to roll slightly left when along the left rail and slightly right when along the right rail. Is there any quick way to fix this or at least make it somewhat unnoticeable? At the moment it's not too bad, but I want to make the table as level as possible without spending money on it.

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(This was posted in the Newbies section, but nobody seems to go there.)

12-08-2007, 09:07 PM
You don't say what the construction details are (slate?), but there are two main factors in getting this level:

1) Get frame as level as possible before installing playing surface
2) then level the playing surface to the pre-leveled frame.

#1 can usually be done with leg levelers or shims under the table feet.
#2 may involve leveling screws at the frame-playing surface interface, or using things like hardwood shims, or playing cards as fine tuning shims.

If the balls (rolled the same direction) are rolling away from the center, the playing surface is crowned. If they both roll to the center, there is a dip. Either of these would likely indicate a more serious flaw than the table being out of level (balls would always roll same direction).

Don't try to level by ball-rolling. At the very least, use a good 2' carpenter's level, and if you really want it right, a machinist level.

Good luck.

12-10-2007, 01:52 PM
Also keep in mind that the quality of the cloth (or felt) can greatly affect how the table plays as wel....