|Project by Michael Brailsford||posted 07-24-2008 02:23 PM||8211 views||19 times favorited||42 comments|
I call this table the “Rex” because all of the wood for the project came from recycled handrails from Rex hospital. It makes me sick to think of the thousands of boardfeet of maple that went to the landfill before I was able to claim the rest. This was my first billiard table and it was an exciting project.
A Little more on the wood, the hand rails were installed in the hospital in 1980. I started working at the hospital in 97 and they started changing the rails out to plastic ones in 99. They are easier to keep clean.
So when I got each rail they had many coats of poly on them, as well as lots of gum and god know what else. They were milled to 8/4 and had a one inch wide groove routed in the back about 1” from the top (that was where the majority of the gum was). Each one was able to be milled in several ways. I could resaw off two 3/8’s strips off the back, one 1” and another about 3” wide. That left me with a piece of 3/4 x 5”. I could also rip it at the groove and get a piece 1 3/4” x 3”. I used it in both ways on the table. The base was laminated up pieces of the 1 3/4×3”, while the legs were laminated pieces of the 3/4” x 5”.
-- Michael A. Brailsford