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backing slate

backing slate

I recently picked up a used pool table. Its a 3 piece slate and the felt had been glued directly to the slate. I have been looking around and seen it mentioned that often slate will be backed by wood to staple the felt to. This slate is not currently backed with anything.

My question is can i back this slate with wood or mdf? if so what is the best bonding agent to use? and is it worth it to do this or should i just glue the felt to the table again?

Oh also what is best to use to remove the previous glues bits and felt from the slate?

You can reply here of email me at scottstackhouse@eastlink.ca

backing slate

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  1. scottstackhouseMitch Alsup on 2/14/2010 10:19:27 AM

    Best way to remove the old glue is a paint scraper

    Go over on AZBilliards.com and into the "Ask a Table Mechamics" section; ask to Real King Cobra. He uses glue and recommends this kind of table setup.

    Back in my college days (mid 70s) The frat brothers and I rebuilt the slate backings on out 1902 table. Typical wood working skills required, along with the typical table mechanics skills to level the slates after their new backing wood was finished. If you go this route, you may need to get some longer screws to hold the slates into the table framing, and do yourself a favor and use real wood, not partical board not MDF. You want the stables/brads to get pulled out and pushed in many many times before you have to do it again. Wood is good, here, particle/MDF is not.

  2. scottstackhousescottstackhouse on 2/14/2010 7:49:52 PM

    old glue is more of a residue.. not sure a scraper would get much but i can try thanks

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backing slate

  • Title: backing slate
  • Author: (Scott Stackhouse)
  • Published: 2/14/2010 5:10:35 AM