I know from experience that the best way to get the most accurate info is to check out forums for any 'out of the norm' project that I'm faced with... with that being said...
I have a 'Chief Productions' pool table, model (at least I assume this is the model #) 55744
Like the thread title says... I need help with the corner caps. Only have 2 of the 4 caps, all in various stages of 'brokeness'.
I've scoured the internet with no luck, wondering if you pros would have any info on where I could locate these.
- Zeke on 9/6/2015 7:14:22 AM
Find a pool table "installer" and/or pool table service technician whose been in business a while. These guys are all parts scavengers and save anything they may need down the road. You may not find an exact replacement - but might get close. If you get close - and the manufacturer is still in biz - replacement caps may be available?
Then too, a local auto-body shop or sheet metal fabricator (HVAC guy) might look at what's left of the corner cap and be able to make 6 identical that would work. Remember, the cap is purely cosmetic. The leather/plastic pocket acts like a liner for the cap - in most cases...
- bnemo on 9/6/2015 9:01:36 AM
Thanks Zeke, emailed a local repairman to see what he can do. I'm not sure how well sheet metal would work with 2 curves (corner curve and radius curve). I'm sure you could form it with a series of stamping dies, but to work that by hand would be pretty tough. I've been tossing around the idea of making some fiberglass replacements, but after 2hr of researching the process and supplies needed, plus the learning curve, I think I'd rather pay someone who know how to glass to do it. :/ Wondering if anyone on this forum would like to try their hand at it.. ? :D
- Zeke on 9/6/2015 9:28:04 AM
I agree. Trying to make them would be difficult and expensive - but looky here!
"Pool Table Corner Caps" Google Image Search
- bnemo on 9/7/2015 5:42:51 AM
Oh yeah... I googled the heck out of it... corner caps, corner pieces, chrome caps, pool table parts and a myriad of variations....Nothing that has the width where it supports the back of the corner pocket and a larger radius where the cap lays on top of the side rail.
- Zeke on 9/7/2015 6:28:15 AM
How are the 2 side pockets?
- bnemo on 9/7/2015 7:49:50 AM
Here's the side pocket:
Here's the the table corner without then with the cap, you can see why it requires the wider cap...
...and the pool table itself:
- Zeke on 9/8/2015 8:05:07 AM
At least it's playable as is...
Good luck in the endeavor.
- bnemo on 9/8/2015 2:38:40 PM
My father has a wood shop, and all sorts of hardwoods.....gonna try to make some out of wood... maybe cherry, I'll keep this thread updated with the progress :D
- Zeke on 9/8/2015 6:04:52 PM
Be nice to see how it pans out for you. Stay in touch
- bnemo on 9/11/2015 7:36:45 PM
Update on my solution for the missing/broken corner caps. Never heard back from the local pool table repairman I email....soooo
This is the corner with the pocket liner removed...
I took a file folder, a scale, and scissors and made a pattern to fill the corner, so the 'end result' would look something like this..
Unfortunately, every corner was slightly different, so I ended up making a pattern for each corner.
Then I went to my fathers, got some pieces of cherry and ash, laminated them together..
Laid out my patterns...
...and started cutting
Then tonight I took my belt sander, clamped it to a work table, and stated sanding the blocks to fit...
None of the table rails are cut straight or plumb (how these were cut this crooked I'll never know.) So between sanding the blocks and filing the ends of the rails...about 3hrs later, and I have this...
Not the most precision fitting I've done....but it beats the ugly hole that was there before :D
I marked the edge radius on each end, so now it's back to the shop to finish these up, then stain and mount....I wonder what the largest corner radius router bit my father has :D
....updates when they happen :D
- bnemo on 9/12/2015 7:15:02 PM
Pretty close to wrapping this project up! :D One more coat of stain/sealer, secure the new corners in place. Then trim and mount the pocket liners. Here's one that I just set the pieces in place. Much better than the previous gaping-hole version. LOL
- bnemo on 9/13/2015 3:59:39 PM
- billiardsforum on 9/13/2015 6:28:04 PM
That is MINT! Turned out really nice.
- speedbump on 9/14/2015 6:13:01 AM
A very fine display of American Ingenuity.
- Zeke on 9/16/2015 5:35:17 PM
- bnemo on 9/18/2015 5:48:25 PM
Thank you gentlemen, I appreciate your kind and generous remarks :D
- bnemo on 9/24/2015 10:06:05 AM
Ever have one of those "humph" moments... when you look at a repair you've done, only to realize it makes other questionable areas around the repair look like total garbage? Had one of those after repositioning the table...Corners look great, but it made the tattered edges of the sides stand out even more..
So I got some trim, stained it to match the corners and added that today.....I like how it ties the corners in to the rest of the table now :D
NOW the project is complete :D
- Zeke on 9/24/2015 8:01:14 PM
Let us know how the corner repairs hold up when a few "power" shots drive balls into the caps. Glued in? What kind of glue? Any cross pinning used to secure the caps - besides the glue?
- bnemo on 9/25/2015 2:50:45 PM
Right now they are held in with 2" wood screws. Anybody driving in corner shots THAT hard will be gently escorted out of the game room...lol :D There's a little bit of a void between the wood and the pocket liner that will hopefully act as a cushion to take some of the momentum off the ball....at least enough to keep from breaking the cap (fingers crossed..)
- Zeke on 9/25/2015 5:34:28 PM
Glued and screwed?