This is a table a friend had asked that I make her. No problem, I had the dimensions and other specs for the playing surface and I new I could work backwards from there to develop any style we came up with. It turned out to be a lot more challenging.
The wood is Florida red cedar cut from a dead standing tree on her property, so we were confined to working with the limited wood available for the different aspects of the table. The frame that the slate sits on is made from poplar. Other items purchased were the felt, rubber cushions, leather pockets and hardware. Pool tables are held together with nuts and bolts in the rails and slate to allow for felt changes and disassembly.
Cleaning and sanding the logs along there contoured surface was very laborious. I would very much like to find a sand blasting unit that would be appropriate for this type of woodworking.
The base of the table consisting of the legs and stretchers are held together with 2” tenons. The poplar frame sits on the notched shoulders of the legs and are bolted through. The rails were plained down to 1 1/2” thickness and a finished rail/cushion width of 5 1/2” (Some rails were too narrow so I ripped all the rails and inserted a poplar filler strip = 5/8” and re glued, I didn’t have too many options and it gave the rails a different look, for good or bad). The outside of the rail was the irregular exterior of the log, while the inside was cut at an angle of 27 degrees to accept K-66 style cushions. A 1/4×1/4 rabbet was cut into the top of the rail to accept the cloth and feather stripping, while another 1/16” rabbet was cut into the base of the rail to act as a relief for the felt and staples. More cuts were made to the face and ends, I’d be glad to share all measurements if anyone is interested. A forstner bit was used to make a hole on the end of each rail to accept the pocket ears. Then finally Buffalo head nickels were inset as sights. the whole table was sealed with a semi-gloss polyurethane.
When finally assembled the table played fast and true, with all regulated surface measurements being spot on. I hated to give her up the pool table.