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Old 04-20-2017, 07:34 AM   #1
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Default Setting up and leveling a 3 piece slate pool table

I acquired a pool table ordered a new felt and was thinking of tackling it this weekend, anybody done it have any tips. It's an olhausen table 7'r looking for some pointers other than YouTube. Thanks.
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go to the local pool hall and ask who they use and just pay them to do it

it's pretty cheap and you will NEVER get it is good as someone who does it all the time

what cloth did you order simonis 760 is pretty popular

ftr I play a LOT of one pocket (preferably on a big diamond table with a couple shims in the pocket)

ETA have the guy doing it check the rails!
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I acquired a pool table ordered a new felt and was thinking of tackling it this weekend, anybody done it have any tips. It's an olhausen table 7'r looking for some pointers other than YouTube. Thanks.
I would have a company do it so felt is good and tight.
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it is easy, but you are going to need a couple of friends to help.
Start by getting the cabinet nice and level. Use your longest level and shoot from each corner towards the center. Use wide wedges under the feet if they are not adjustable. It is best that the shims sit right on the floor not carpet.
Once the table is level put your slates on and screw them down lossely. You will then go about leveling the slates making sure to shim under the joints so that they are completely flush. Check and recheck for level often and then tighten down your screws. check for level again. You can use a straight long board to extend your level.
Use bees wax to fill the joints and scrape off any extra with a razor. While you hve the scraper in your hand scrape off any residual glue or highspots and fill any small voids with wax.


lay out your cloth. fold the sides towards the middle and then then ends toward the middle to expouse the edged of the slate. Use spray contact cement on center of the ends of the table. fold one end down and secure to the cement. Pull the other side tight, proabably tighter than you think, and then glue it down too. You will need someone to keep hold of the other end when you stretch it so it doesn't pull loose. Do the same thing for the middle of the sides. Then work your way around the table tightening and gluing the rest down. Trim the felt in the pockets and glue or staple it underneath.


Now for the rails, it is a little more involved. You usually have a spline to remove and a bunch of staples. I did it last time with no help, so if you are handy and can youtube you should be able to get that done. I suggest doing the rails first when you have plenty of time and not while your buddies are waiting to shoot after they helped you felt the table.


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After watching mine get installed, it's not something I'd attempt.
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There is a reason pool tables always convey with the sale of the house. Moving and setting up is a total PITA. Just pay someone and plan on leaving it if you move.
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After watching mine get installed, it's not something I'd attempt.
Same here, I saved ours for the professionals.
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It's like rebuilding a transmission or getting a hip replacement. Hire someone who does a hundred a year instead of trying to do it yourself
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It is very easy. My buddy and I moved one into my basement a few months ago. Label everything. I was going to pay someone - glad I did not. If u can turn a wrench or screw driver you can disassemble and put together a pool table. Budget about 4 hours of taking apart / putting together. That's how long it took us for an 8' with gutter system. We reused the felt.

So easy a caveman can do it
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Always paid pros to assemble/disassemble mine (I move every 2-3 years). Not expensive and worth the $$$ to me to just have it done right the first time.
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its not rocket science. screws and shims. Youtube it and knock it out with a few beers and a buddy in an afternoon. I moved my old table 3 times and eventually sold it as I just wasn't into it like I had been in the past.
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Pay a pro to do it. I've moved my table twice. I am a do it yourself kind of guy, but for this I'll hire someone.
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Did my own many years ago, it's not "hard" to do but if I had to ever do it again I'd pay someone.
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Thanks for the input, the felt on the rails seems fine the felt on the table is what I'm replacing. The table is going in a basement on cement so hopefully it's fairly level to begin with. I will update you guys when I'm done setting up.
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Thanks for the input, the felt on the rails seems fine the felt on the table is what I'm replacing. The table is going in a basement on cement so hopefully it's fairly level to begin with. I will update you guys when I'm done setting up.
when I reference having him check the rails I meant to see if they were "dead"

you might just do most of the "construction" part and have a pro come do the slabs

having a pro do it is surprisingly cheap (this is called a tune-up fwiw)
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I had one set up years ago by a guy who was probably 90 years old. As far as leveling all he used was a long straight edge and a long piece of vinyl tube partially filled with water. He used the straight edge to make sure the seams were flat and smooth, and the tubing as a long level where he could measure every place on the table to see if it was level. He put some water and a drop of food color inside the tube and let it hand as a long "U" under the table. Since water seeks its own level, he would have his helper hold one end of the tube at the edge of one side, then he would adjust the table until the water level was exactly the same on the other side.

Once the felt was on to test it he would go to the little diamonds on the rail and drop a cue onto the table so it would just glance the rail at about the same time it landed on the felt. If it went across the table and came back to the exact same spot he knew it was level.
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When I had mine installed, the guys showed me the level they used, and it was impressive to say the least!!! They put the level on the table and had me verify the bubble was dead center. Then he placed a dollar bill under one side of the level. The bubble went clear to the other side of the sight tube!!!! Now, this level was only 12" long! You don't buy that kind of level at Home Depot!

I have access to one of the magical levels from the machine shop at work, but I still wouldn't attempt it myself. Melting wax over the seams of the slate, getting the right stretch of the felt, etc...

I guess the question is, how critical are you about your table? Sure, you could probably get it reasonably close with a 6' or so level, but it will still be off. Personally, I don't want to hear someone bitch that my table sucks if their ball gets some weird wiggle just as it comes to rest. To each his own!
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