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