Pool Table Moving Dolly

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Project by HamS posted 07-24-2012 12:53 AM 5608 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have to move a pool table that weighs more than 500 lbs. I am too cheap to call a pool table mover so I made a dolly that it sits on and rolls. The casters are 250 lb capacity and I figured out the load capacity of the frame and except for the wheels, this frame will hold 14 tons if it is bearing straight down evenly on the legs. The rails of the dolly fit the support rails that go the length of the pool table. When the pool table is in its new position this will become the foundation for a (semi) portable workbench. The casters are removable and are attached after the jack has lifted it high enough to clear the casters.

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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#1 posted 07-24-2012 12:56 AM

Stay with it Ham. You’re almost there…..

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#2 posted 07-24-2012 01:01 AM

Now that’s a Hercu-Lift!

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#3 posted 07-24-2012 01:03 AM

Miss J told me that getting the pool table moved was the signal to her that her kitchen is really going to be messed up now. SHe was probably right because now that it is out of the way I can start to move the cabinets and stove.

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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#4 posted 07-24-2012 01:08 AM

The dolly looks quite stout. Looks like you have it all figured out.

I’m really glad you do & didn’t need to ask for my help!!! LOL.

I have spent many a night around a pool table in my day, but never had to move one.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 07-24-2012 01:11 AM

That’s quite a beast Ham.

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#6 posted 07-24-2012 01:14 AM

Wow is it electric?
Nice job.
Wheres the steering wheel?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 07-24-2012 03:30 AM

Is the pool table 3 piece slate? If so, the least little out of square movement/twist can displace the slate and you may have a line in the felt where the slate abuts each other. Just a heads up based on my own experience moving a 1200 lb pool table.

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#8 posted 07-24-2012 06:04 AM

I like it ! Any tool is better to use than our back to lift stuff up that weighs so much, way to go.

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#9 posted 07-24-2012 08:55 AM


It is three piece fake slate, which is a high density partical board about 2” thick. I am pretty certain it behaves like slate though, which is why the dolly is so ridgid. I am sure it can get racked, but the design is to lift squarely and evenly. A hydraulic jack fits under each end to lift one end at a time, but it exerts pressure all along the rails that run the length of the table. I will let you know if cracks develop in the bed. When everything is in place we will probably recover the table anyway, because the felt is pretty worn anyhow.

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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#10 posted 07-24-2012 11:07 AM

I moved a pool table once. Instead of a dolly we got together six guys and twelve beers. But your way looks a lot safer.

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#11 posted 07-24-2012 11:52 AM

That is beefy! Good luck on the move!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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