Pool Table

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Project by KentB posted 08-29-2015 09:00 PM 2561 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pool Table
I had a long term goal of building a pool table when I started woodworking 11 years ago. In 2009
I started researching pool table design. The room where we were to put the table had a mission
style theme. I found a company in Florida that sold a mission style pool table that I liked. Their
website showed cross-sections of the rails and pocket areas. They also showed how the sub
frame was constructed. I also found another resource online that sold instructions for building
said table out of furniture grade plywood. I purchased the plans to study the process and choice
of materials. I found resources at Congress of America) for the
specifications. After I gathered enough information I started the design on Google Sketchup.
Thankfully Sketchup was fairly easy to learn. I chose a trestle table design done in the mission
style in quarter sawn oak. I didn’t have enough room for a 4 1/2’ X 9’ table so I went with 4 1/4’ X
8 1/2’ which fits my room perfectly. It took a couple months of design working weekends and
some week nights after my day job. I started building during my time off between Christmas
and the New Year 2010. Then back to my real job January 2nd. I finished the table around
Memorial Day in the spring. In the middle of the project I decided to build a pair of pub chairs as
well. I found pictures of old Brunswick pool hall chairs online. I found the basic dimensions of
the chair and reverse engineered the chairs from a picture to look like the old style. Fortunately I
had enough quarter-sawn oak to match the table. I wanted the finish to resemble a turn of the
century arts and crafts finish. I played around with fuming oak but I didn’t have the courage to
commit to something I didn’t feel comfortable with. I found a Jeff Jewitt formula for mimicking
fumed oak. It turned out quite well.

-- Kent B

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#1 posted 08-30-2015 12:01 AM

Super nice work, beautiful & something to be proud of.

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#2 posted 08-30-2015 12:51 AM

What an awesome project/s. Very impressed with your method of design & the finish on the oak side rail close up is impressive.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#3 posted 08-30-2015 01:01 AM

Beautiful! (slaps quarter on side rail) ... “I got winners!” :-)

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#4 posted 08-30-2015 02:09 AM

Kent, that is amazing. I totally love everything about your table and chairs.

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#5 posted 08-30-2015 05:52 AM

You’ve realy done quite extended research on this. Outstanding final work! Now fun will never end.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 08-30-2015 07:26 AM

That looks like a huge amount of work and came out great, well done.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#7 posted 08-30-2015 11:48 AM

That is a project to be proud of. the finish shows off the beautiful oak rays. Nice!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 08-30-2015 11:58 AM

Great design and beautiful piece—now if you can just keep it clean and avoid having its surface become a storage area.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 08-30-2015 01:45 PM

Fantastic project. I like the chairs as much as the pool table!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 08-30-2015 02:07 PM

Well done, beautiful work, a family heirloom for generations to come im sure

-- I am not a hoarder...., I am a rescuer of still usable things !!

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#11 posted 08-30-2015 02:12 PM

great work beautiful piece

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#12 posted 08-30-2015 02:13 PM

Rack em!

That is an amazing build. Did you use slate for the table itself?

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#13 posted 08-30-2015 03:03 PM

Kent, you did an outstanding job on this table and chairs. I have always wanted to build my own pool table but it is still in my list of things to do. I have favored your post to have as a reference some day. Beautiful build and thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#14 posted 08-30-2015 05:18 PM

I’ll be right there – with my snooker stick!

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#15 posted 08-30-2015 10:11 PM

Shuweeeeet! That’s a gorgeous table. Love the style and color. Great job! Too bad you didn’t blog that one.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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