Pool Table Assembly
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How fun is this?  not only do I get to have a great toy show up and be assembled in front of me by professionals, but I actually get to help!  This was not your average pool table installation since the pedestal was so custom.  Donny Olhausen came up with a very effective plan for allowing a wide range of pedestal positioning at assembly time.  In the pictures below, you'll see how we bolted the table frame to the pedestal as well as some typical installation procedures.

Things were a little chaotic at first, but we figured out exactly where the pedestals looked best on the frame, and started assembling the glue blocks and plywood that formed the mounting point for the table.  On the right is Greg, one of the installers from Recreation World.
We set the frame on the pedestal and gave it a rough leveling by shimming under the legs.  Next, we need to predrill and install a 6" lag screw through the frame and securely into each of the four maple (covered in aluminum) legs on the glass block pedistal.
We needed to cut small notches on the top of the frame to run the drill through.   Each hole (and therefore lag screw) is on a slight angle to catch the middle of the leg properly.
After the hole was drilled, I used a forstner bit to create a flat surface perpendicular to the hole for the washer to bear down on.  Details, details...
Lag screw in place...
An air-ratchet moves things along quicker.
The finished screw.  Four more, and the table is going nowhere.

Now for the slate!

Kevin and Greg lower the 1" thick "Original Italian Slate" onto the frame.  The slate comes in three sections and is screwed into the frame at assembly time.
Notice the extremely sensitive Starrett machinist level (on table at left) that is used to verify that everything is level.  Imagine, a tool that I don't have...  Just a question of time, I think.
The slate sections are then seamed together in a most clever way.  Melted beeswax is poured in place and allowed to dry in only two minutes.
The extra wax is then scraped off completely flush.  The resulting seams cannot be felt under the felt even if you know where they are!
Things are really coming along now.  The Simonis felt is tacked along one end to the strips of wood that come already glued to the bottom of the slate...
...And then stretched / tacked on the other end.  By the time the sides are stapled, the felt is wrinkle free and tight.
Then the pockets get some extra cuts / staples.
Next the rails, aprons, and pockets - already assembled into two pieces - are joined together and bolted securely to the table.
The new pockets from RCDesigns were the final step.


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