rustic pool table

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Project by BrendanC posted 02-07-2010 08:24 PM 9828 views 15 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 02-07-2010 08:32 PM

that is an awesome table well done

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#2 posted 02-07-2010 08:43 PM

very cool indeed

-- -erik & christy-

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#3 posted 02-07-2010 08:43 PM

What a great project! The contrast of the precision of the table to the roughness of the timbers is VERY cool!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 02-07-2010 08:47 PM

Great work! I’ve never seen a rustic style pool table before. I can imagine it wasn’t easy to construct, but you did a fine job and got a beautiful result.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 02-07-2010 09:20 PM

That is a really nice looking pool table, I have seen tables like that sell for 15-20K, nice job!

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#6 posted 02-07-2010 09:28 PM

That’s about as cool as a pool table can get .Fantastic job

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 02-07-2010 09:33 PM

Fun project, thanks for sharing.

-- JJ

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#8 posted 02-07-2010 09:39 PM

Wunderbar !

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#9 posted 02-07-2010 09:45 PM

Just Fantastic ! The rustic touch is beautiful and your construction perfect…....

As a long time pool player, I have always wanted a pool table of my own. I never thought about making one mysel…....... now I may change my mind.

Did you have any “basic plans” to go from? What were your sources for slate/pockets/cushions, felt etc.?

I may pm you for more details if that’s o.k.

Thanks for sharing

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#10 posted 02-07-2010 10:02 PM

WOW this is amazing. The base must have a backbreaker to move even without the slate and rails. Do you have any idea what it weighs? Did you install the cloth yourself? Beautiful table, did you sign it?

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#11 posted 02-07-2010 10:15 PM

Very well done. Reminds me when I was a teenager in the 50’s and would help my dad rebuild the pool tables in his Pool Hall.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#12 posted 02-07-2010 10:28 PM

wow all i can do is stare at it.great work.

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#13 posted 02-07-2010 10:29 PM

Awsome work. I have to revener one that we got from the wife’s folks. It dosn’t look like near as much work now.

-- Mike, Cantral Oregon

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#14 posted 02-07-2010 10:57 PM

Great looking pool table. Looks like a nice piece of furniture. It makes me want to take up pool.

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#15 posted 02-07-2010 11:22 PM

thats incredible!
awesome job!

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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