Assembly Instructions for a Pool Table

By Denise Sullivan

There is no better way to enjoy the game of pool than to have your own pool table at home. Unfortunately, pool tables are difficult to move and assemble because the pieces are so large and heavy. If you can afford it, it may be easier to pay a professional to put your pool table together.

Choosing a Location

Choosing the proper location for your pool table is crucial because you will not be able to easily move it after it is assembled. To ensure you will have plenty of room to shoot, leave 68 inches between the edge of the table and the wall. Use masking tape to mark your proposed location on the floor so you can double-check the wall clearance before putting the table together.

Building the Cabinet

Flip the pool table cabinet over and place it on the floor according to your masking tape markings. Connect each leg to the brackets at the corners of the cabinets. Be sure the bolts are fastened securely before attempting to turn the cabinet over. Ask someone to help you flip the cabinet over because it will be quite heavy now that the legs are attached. After turning the cabinet over, test the bolts at each leg to make sure they did not loosen when the cabinet was placed on the floor.

Creating the Surface

You will also need help for this step because the slate panels are very heavy and may crack if dropped. Most pool tables consist of three slate panels. Using a tape measure and a pencil, divide the surface of the table into thirds. With your assistant's help, set the middle panel into place according to your markings. Next, set each end panel into place and make sure there is no gap between each panel. Use a machinist's level to check the surface of the table. If it is not even, place a thin piece of wood under each leg on the lower side. Check the table again and add more wooden shims until the surface is perfectly level.

Installing the Felt

Using a small propane torch, melt beeswax along the seams of the slate panels. Drip some beeswax into each of the screw holes so there are no uneven spots that may interfere with the balls' path. Allow the wax to dry, then scrape off any excess with a putty knife. Set the felt down so that the pocket holes line up with the location of the pockets on the table. Tighten the screws that secure the rails and felt onto the table. Check your table's owner's manual to see how the pockets should be installed. Some models require you to staple them onto the bottom of the table, while others have screws that secure the pockets.

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