Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Talking Shop: Ordering a Custom Pool Table

Ordering a custom pool table for the first time can be a daunting task—especially if you’re talking to your dealer and you’re not entirely sure what he’s talking about. Here’s a quick overview of the terms your dealer may use when discussing the details of your new custom pool table with you:


  • Legs: This one should be pretty straightforward—it’s those long stalks the table sits on that allow it to stand on its own.
  • Frame: The legs are attached to the frame of the table and this connects them with the slate. If you don’t know what a slate is, read on to the next description.
  • Slate: The slate the part of the table that really identifies it as a pool table. It’s that giant, flat playing surface the balls roll on.
  • Felt: The felt is that large cut of fabric that sits between the slate and the balls.
  • Rails: The rails are the long sections of wood that bound the slate. Since they play such an important part in making sure that balls bounce accurately off the cushions, they should only ever be solid wood.
  • Cushions: The cushions are the pads that line the rails. The cushions on your pool table should be BCA Approved K-66 profile.
  • Pockets: The pockets are the holes that the pool balls fall into. They can come in plastic, rubber, or leather—leather being the preferred choice for home use.