Billiard table visually and / or technically restore

In principle, all components of a billiard table can be restored except for the game board. A damaged slate or wooden board with breaks, holes or cracks must always be replaced. In some cases and in the case of antique tables that are worth preserving, a new plate can be placed on top of the old one.

Locate components and draw up a plan

Before restoring a pool table, it is a good idea to look at all the components of the table and determine the need for processing and / or repair. A billiard table consists of the following individual parts or construction groups:

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  • Slate or wood panel
  • Felt cloth
  • Gangs
  • Band rubbers
  • Perforated pockets
  • Ball nets
  • Band markings (diamonds)
  • Metal fittings edges / corners
  • Table frame or scaffolding
  • Table legs
  • Fixing and adjusting screws

If the restoration is purely optical, there is often no need to dismantle the billiard table. It is important to have a protective cover over the playing surface and inner bands, which also keep sanding dust and liquid aids such as paint or polish away.

Technology makes sense

If rubber bands, playing surfaces or perforated pockets have to be repaired or replaced as part of the restoration, dismantling is unavoidable. In some cases, the condition of the slate or wood panel can only be assessed after the felt cloth has been removed.

Whether the new upholstery of the billiard table is sufficient or an exchange is necessary decides on the effort. As with rubber bands, damage and brittleness are irreparable. In the case of composite play plates, cleaning, refilling and leveling the transition joints may be sufficient during restoration.

Exclusion criteria

Technically, all components must be examined to see whether they allow the entire table to stand firmly and horizontally. There is some damage where restoring a pool table no longer makes sense:

  • Swollen or shrunk wooden components
  • Warped or twisted components
  • Bent or crooked components
  • Fractures, holes and cracks in components relevant to the game

In contrast to other furniture and tables, every restoration follows the requirements for precise playability. The restoration must be planned from the inside out. First, the restored functionality must be guaranteed before any work is carried out on the substructure, the table legs and decorative exterior surfaces.

Tips & Tricks If you want to get an exceptionally beautiful and / or valuable substructure for your billiard table such as carving and turning work, the installation of a completely new playing surface with a perimeter can "save " the substructure.