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building a custom pool table

comments (0) September 9th, 2012 in Reader's Gallery

danmosheim dan mosheim, contributor
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ready to play
getting it together to start
the cad drawing
the basic structure
the legs (upside down in this picture
early on
later on, showing the applied panels and the rails before cutting and felting
pocket cutting layout jig
cutting the rails to length with a compound angle .. a tricky operation
step by step railing felting photos and comments for the corners and the side pockets
more on the setup and felt stretching
some of our earlier tables at this link
ready to play - CLICK TO ENLARGE

ready to play

Photo: most photos by dan mosheim

well, this is something i've been meaning to do for a while ... document a custom pool from start to finish, in one place, where we can go back and look later and actually remember the steps and exactly how and when we did what. we've built or restored about 15 pool tables over the years, but there always seems to be enough time between them that it's hard to remeber what happens when. fortunately, we always have access to the excellent fine woodworking article by paul bownman from 1989 to guide us on our way ... his article is really good, but every table is different, and we use our own designs and construction techniques, so we have to make up our own stuff some of the time. you can't beat paul's article though for critical measurements and helpful hints. you can see some of the pictures here, but for the complete process photos and verbal guidance, you can see that on our dorset custom furniture blog ... here are the relevant links ..

getting started ...

and felting the rails and setting up 

and here's a previous 'post and beam' pool table blog post  which unfortunately, i didn't quite finish



Design or Plan used: My own design - dan mosheim

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