a custom pool table from reclaimed lumber

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Project by dan mosheim posted 616 days ago 3750 views 21 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

well, we’re on a roll this year with the pool tables. this is our third one in the last four months. at one point in november, we actually had two in the shop at the same time. (fourth photo). our son will, (the banjo maker), pretty much built and installed this one on his own. i helped carry in the slates and the other parts, but in most of this installation, since he had done all the work on it, i was the helper, not the guy in charge. it was a smooth installation, at a new house about two hours from the shop, and the floor was precisely and completely, 100% level. i don’t believe i have ever had that happen before. bolt the frame together, add the slate support frame, put the straightedge and four foot level on it and bingo, perfect in all directions. on a polished concrete floor no less. master concrete folks, or ‘win the lottery’ type coincidence. again, we used the fine woodworking article by paul bowman from 1989 as our guide. i really should call that guy and thank him. for more photos and comments about the table in process, there are two posts on my dorset custom furniture blog. you can get to the first post from a link in the first sentence of that post and links to our other pool table blog posts at the end of the first post. (got that?) also, there is a video of me missing some easy shots on it at this link. after we finished the installation. rack ‘em up.

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 616 days ago

That is beautiful work! Congratulations on a job well done.

-- Jeff

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 616 days ago

That is a great pool table. Very nice job, Dan!!.........................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 616 days ago

Another usefull work of art.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#4 posted 616 days ago

Sweet : ))

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 616 days ago

Incredibly beautiful just seems to fall short here.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#6 posted 616 days ago

Wow that’s way cool Dan

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 616 days ago

Nothing better than a great looking piece that you get to use! Awesome!

-- Sailor by profession, but real work starts in the shop! Just trying to learn more everyday

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#8 posted 615 days ago

This is a great looking pool table Dan. It seems your son has gotten the right genes! I too think the level floor is nothing short of a miracle and I find it hard to believe it was due to skill, but who knows, there are still craftsmen around who take a lot of pride in doing excellent work. Your son’s pool table is proof of that.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 615 days ago

Dan, another great job and awesome post from your family…Must be great to have a Son doing so well and sharing your passion. I come from a family of pool players and love the game. This is a real beauty, love the rustic look and so much better than the run of the mill tables. Nothing against store bought ones, but homemade I think most of on here would agree is very nice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 615 days ago

Masterly made! Way to go dan.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#11 posted 615 days ago

Great looking work; love the use of reclaimed for a pool table too.

-- Gary, Florida.

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Mark Smith

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#12 posted 615 days ago

Very nice. I assume you can buy the slate tops someplace?

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA.,

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#13 posted 615 days ago

don’t see these on here often..nice

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#14 posted 614 days ago

Every effort is paied when start play and enjoy.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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dan mosheim

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#15 posted 614 days ago

thank you all for your comments. much appreciated. for mark, you can buy slate sets from a e schmidt st. louis

-- dan,vermont,

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