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Project by Grumpy posted 11-11-2007 03:49 AM 1884 views 4 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 3/4 Pool-Snooker Table (8’X4’) I made about 30 years ago.I did not have any of the machinery that I have now to do the job.
The legs are Oregon turned on a makeshift lathe driven by a power drill. The sides & tops are Pacific Maple (Muranti). The bed is 1’ compressed fibrous cement (extremely heavy). I had some difficulty getting the bed perfectly true, it’s not but I know where the ball will behave unexpectedly.
I purchased all the brassware from a billiard factory-they were very helpful. I made the jigger & spider hooks out of brass flats.
The brass feet became a problem when I put down the timber floor so I turned up coasters recently with felt underneath to protect the floor.
This was perhaps my most challenging project. Too bad I don’t play the game that well.
I will be happy to provide more info if anybody wants to build one but unfortunately I don’t have any plans.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python





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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 11-11-2007 02:21 PM

I think your work obviously stands the test of time.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 11-12-2007 03:30 AM

Grumpy,
That is some pool table. I don’t think I’ve ever played on a better one. I see you go the lathe gong on the railing by it as well. Nice work. I can’t comment on every thing but you sure appear to be an artist.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 11-13-2007 02:56 AM

Grumpy,

This is a great project, and you did it with very little machinery. That’s a big accomplishment!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Karson

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#4 posted 11-13-2007 03:09 AM

Grumpy a great project. We had a pool table at home that came from a Pool Hall and they were made to stand up to a lot of abuse. Yours looks the same. A nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Grumpy

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#5 posted 11-13-2007 03:26 AM

Glad you like it fellas.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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scottb

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#6 posted 11-13-2007 03:36 AM

Nothing wrong with a little “secret spot” in the table… kinda like the old barn board floor of the original boston Garden… just need to remember the home court advantage and not play you for money ;)

My Dad grew up playing on one that made everyone look like awesome trick shot artists.

Good looking table though, and a testament to your craftsmanship – using what you had and still doing what you wanted anyway. – the surest sign of a true Lumberjock!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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pappyjohn

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#7 posted 03-30-2008 12:05 AM

Hey G. , This table looks super, I don’t have a lathe either, hand drill though how’s that work. I love the design of the Table and Legs. May have to talk to my one son about this one, once we finish his Gararge….your brother in woodworking John

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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GaryK

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#8 posted 03-30-2008 01:49 AM

Looks like I messed this the first time through. I like how you made the legs. You must have done
it right since it’s still standing.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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tenontim

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#9 posted 03-30-2008 01:55 AM

I like this table, Grumpy. I used to play a little snooker in New Zealand years ago. They had these little tables in the pubs, couldn’t have been over 6’ long. Would that be a special size or the norm?

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Grumpy

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#10 posted 03-30-2008 09:48 AM

Tim, 8’X4’. Standard size for a 3/4 table.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Grumpy

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#11 posted 03-30-2008 10:00 AM

Thanks Gary, the grandkids get good use out of it and it gets a bit of a workout when we have a get together.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Rj

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#12 posted 06-30-2008 04:59 AM

Very Cool table Grumpy I can tell alot of work went into this . You should be pretty good on this table seeing how you know all its secrets.
Job Well done

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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Grumpy

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#13 posted 07-02-2008 10:12 AM

I wish RJ, I wish.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 07-09-2008 05:54 AM

Very nice job, Grumpy!... That seems like quite a task without any machinery…. You’ve done a great job on it!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Grumpy

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#15 posted 07-10-2008 02:06 AM

Thanks Steve, it certainly would be a lot easier with the gear I have now.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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