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Offline carrera4s

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Pool Table
« on: March 29, 2017, 06:57 AM »
Took me two years to build this table.  African Rosewood, slate top.  The top consist of two "leaves" that can be added / removed to use it as a table / pool table.  The table comfortably sits 14 people and can be used for table tennis as well (official size).


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Offline Don T

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2017, 07:22 AM »
That is beautiful.  That was quite an undertaking.
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Offline RobNJ

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2017, 07:23 AM »
Looks fantastic!  I love those big, beefy legs.  That thing is going to last for generations!  Enjoy it.
One questions -- what did you do about the table surface?  Were you able to get a piece of slate cut to size or did you use something else?

Offline Poindexter

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2017, 07:28 AM »
Whoa & Wow!  Impressive and inspiring.  I've got the same questions as RobNJ.

Offline carrera4s

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2017, 07:32 AM »
Whoa & Wow!  Impressive and inspiring.  I've got the same questions as RobNJ.

Thanks!

It is a 6ft table.  The slate comes as one piece, 20mm thick.  Need 3 to 4 people to handle the slate (I am not the strongest guy around.  [big grin])

Offline carrera4s

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2017, 07:43 AM »
Oops, forgot the last photo.  Showing the removable top on the table.


Offline Mismarked

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2017, 10:58 AM »
Nice work!  Really like the proportions and the arches.

Offline Jim Kirkpatrick

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2017, 01:40 PM »
I like the felt color. Nice job!!

Offline travisj

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2017, 04:20 PM »
Nice work!


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Offline magellan

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2017, 06:02 PM »
Wow, that is a fine looking table.  I don't think there is anyone that wouldn't want that piece of craftsmanship in their house.  If I may ask, did you have a plan drawn up or are you that familiar with how a pool table is constructed?  I've considered building a poker table a few times but never looked into it any farther.  Beautiful work

Offline Lbob131

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2017, 06:10 PM »
Magnificent  piece.

Offline grbmds

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2017, 06:45 PM »
That's amazing! It looks worth every bit of the two years. It will be something that you will be proud of every time you use it or are you afraid to use it?
Randy

Offline Gnovice17

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2017, 12:21 AM »
I would love to see more pictures of the build.  I have always had a table with the slate in 3 pieces due to the weight. How did you build the frame to support that much weight?  What was you source for the rubber for the rails?  My only criticism is that for that nice of a build, I would have preferred leather pockets. More pictures please. Incredible work!!

Offline carrera4s

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2017, 01:04 AM »
Wow, that is a fine looking table.  I don't think there is anyone that wouldn't want that piece of craftsmanship in their house.  If I may ask, did you have a plan drawn up or are you that familiar with how a pool table is constructed?  I've considered building a poker table a few times but never looked into it any farther.  Beautiful work

Thank you.

I found an old Fine Woodworking article in PDF that I used as guideline for the feet and frame (and another "Blog" article that I found) - download them at the end of this post.   I even bought leather pockets from the USA to build the table US style (I am in South Africa) but my wife did not like them, so eventually I changed the design to what you see now.  I also visited one of the biggest pool table manufacturers in SA and spent some time in their workshop (their chief carpenter was very helpful).  I also bought the felt, rails (including the rubber), pockets etc from them (they also sell the slate).

So no, I did not have any plans drawn up - I designed most everything myself.  I bought the slate first and then designed / sized everything around the size of the slate.

And then quite a number of Youtube videos (specifically for the felt - but eventually I did get a professional to come do it - I did one rail and it did not come out as good as I hoped).


That's amazing! It looks worth every bit of the two years. It will be something that you will be proud of every time you use it or are you afraid to use it?

We definitely use it!  Even our 7 year old son and his friends are playing on it, so there will be a few scratches, dents, marks on the felt etc shortly.  Luckily the wood is very hard and the felt quite durable (Hainsworth Club), and I finished it with a two-part polyeurethane varnish (used for floors - very scratch resistant).  In 7 or 8 years, once our youngest is a bit bigger, I will most probably replace the felt and add a new coat of poly or two which should have it looking brand new again.

I would love to see more pictures of the build.  I have always had a table with the slate in 3 pieces due to the weight. How did you build the frame to support that much weight?  What was you source for the rubber for the rails?  My only criticism is that for that nice of a build, I would have preferred leather pockets. More pictures please. Incredible work!!

I used the same frame design (and slate support) as per the Fine Woodworking and "Blog" articles.  Also remember, the small table (6ft) only uses 20 mm thick slate which weighs only around 110 kg.  The African Rosewood is also quite strong (see The Wood Database - http://www.wood-database.com/bubinga/).  The legs are 190 mm diameter (thickest section) and the frame is 280 mm x 40 mm. 

Offline HMR

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2017, 10:39 AM »
Great job!

Offline Billedis

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2017, 02:59 PM »
WOW!  Thank you for sharing.  Bill

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2017, 03:29 PM »
That's simply beautiful well done
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Offline neilc

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2017, 05:27 PM »
Great job - The legs are massive!  You must have a nice lathe!

The color and details are really beautiful.  I particularly like the blue felt!  Nice compliment to the natural color and a bit different on a pool table.  You have a lot of hours in that piece!

Is that wood cherry? 


Offline Lbob131

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2017, 06:20 AM »
Are the legs turned  on a standard lathe?

Offline Tinker

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #19 on: April 02, 2017, 07:29 AM »
A terrific job. The whole thing looks solid enogh that you could have all the kids in the neighborhood playing on and around it.
Tinker
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Offline carrera4s

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #20 on: April 02, 2017, 03:30 PM »
Thanks for the comments.  I have a Nova 1624-44 lathe.

The wood is African Rosewood.

« Last Edit: April 03, 2017, 12:37 AM by carrera4s »

Offline charley1968

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2017, 04:30 PM »
Brilliant! Have a jol..!
Just for today..

Offline neilc

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2017, 05:29 PM »
Being south of the equator, the upside down lathe totally makes sense!

Really nice build!  Looks like the screws under the top ledge are how you attached the bumpers, and the entire upper section is one unit.

In terms of assembly, did you place the slate on the leg assembly and then drop down the side and top and then attache the bumpers?  I only ask because I remember when they installed my pool table the four side rails were individually packed and assembled on site.  Plus the bumpers and table top will need to be recovered in time.




Offline carrera4s

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #23 on: April 03, 2017, 12:34 AM »
Being south of the equator, the upside down lathe totally makes sense!

Fixed!  For some reason pictures from my phone always come out upside down.   [big grin]


Really nice build!  Looks like the screws under the top ledge are how you attached the bumpers, and the entire upper section is one unit.

In terms of assembly, did you place the slate on the leg assembly and then drop down the side and top and then attache the bumpers?  I only ask because I remember when they installed my pool table the four side rails were individually packed and assembled on site.  Plus the bumpers and table top will need to be recovered in time.

Correct.   The slate (with the support glued underneath), is placed on top of the legs & frame assembly.

The top of the table is a single piece called the "Cap" - it is similar to the rails but just a single piece.  The bumpers are 6 individual pieces (obviously  [big grin]) that bolts into the cap.  Each bumper has three 6 mm diameter bolts that passes through 3 matching holes in the cap.  The cap the has 3 "pot-holes" per bumper drilled from the bottom from where you then attach the nuts and washers. (I used a kitchen cupboard pot-hole bit for the holes).  So the bumpers can simply be un-bolted to recover them.

The screws you see from the side is drilled into the support that was glued underneath the slate.  The cap is then resting on top of these supports and fastened with screws from the bottom.

So to re-felt the slate you simply unscrew and remove the cap and unscrew the 6 supports.

Offline Gr8trim4u

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2017, 04:25 PM »
Wow !! Awesome job!!
Not my first rodeo!!!

Offline Sazerac819

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2017, 11:34 AM »
Impressive!  I can see why it took 2 years.  I say it was time slowly well spent.  :D

Offline Jasonj888

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Re: Pool Table
« Reply #26 on: April 21, 2017, 04:36 PM »
Very nice work. I'm really impressed that it looks so great as a regular table as well. Excellent design.