ok .. we're getting close now ... as i wrote back on july 28th, there's a lot going on in the shop. for the last week or so though, trevor and will and i have been pulling the final pieces of the pool table together. pool tables are always a challenge because, typically, we haven't built one for a while. our last one was in 2008 ... holy cow, no wonder we couldn't remember what we were doing exactly, and they are all different ... we're wrapping this one up, and, wonder of wonders, we'll be starting another one in a couple of weeks. hopefully that one will be a breeze. .. click the photos to enlarge them ...'we took something' and 'did something to it'.
irion walnut and quilted big leaf maple
the one above we built in 2003, so no one working with me now was working with me then. but fortunately, that table is local and, coincidentally, the client requested that we 'level it up' as it was exhibiting a slight roll to one corner. after studying the roll, (it took 3 or 4 racks), we determined that the one corner was in the dead center of a +/- 30 clear span and either the thick carpet there had crushed or the joist had sagged ever so slightly. a piece of 1/16th inch veneer and two playing cards under one leg and we were back to level. it was a bonus, as we got to check it all out and 'remember' how to build it.
pool table making, (15 tables total) an article by paul bowman that first appeared in fine woodworking in 1989 ... i give you the link here. paul's table was different than most of ours, but the information applies (still) and if you study it, i think it's all in there somewhere.
after marking the angles using the standard measurements and angles from paul's article and a couple of jigs we have made, we cut them on our chopsaw, all on compound, fussy angles. the ends of the rubber than get different rubber cushion 'facings' and then the felt is applied ... we'll cover that when we get to it ... soon
i still haven't posted the felting of the rail details, but i hope to get to that tomorrow or maybe over the weeked. the table is finished now and it will be leaving for virginia next week on tuesdaywe set it up for a final check yesterday, using a piece of blue felt left over from another project. i only wanted to stretch the real camel piece once, when the table is set up for real ... plays great and i'm happy with the new design.