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1912/1915 Brunswick Reno Pool Table

1912/1915 Brunswick Reno Pool Table

Got my first pool table.

It's a Brunswick Reno 1912 to 1915. I can't find much info on it. I paid $100 for it..

The bed was painted and I got the paint off. I just re stained and varnished the rails. I got new cloth for it as well. I'm almost done with this baby. It has I think what's called the "#3 pocket holder".





1912/1915 Brunswick Reno Pool Table

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  1. gottbilliardsforum on 2/14/2020 3:29:01 PM

    Nice find. You had your work cut out for you. Paint removal (done right) is the worst.

    You'll never know the answer to your question of how many were made. Assume a LOT. No records exist of this nature.

    I don't see any other specific questions other than the above, so, here are the technical details from the 1912 Brunswick Balke Collender catalog:


    Technical Information: From page 16 of the 1912 Carom and Pocket Tables Catalogue of the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company.

    Also available in a combination table. Can be furnished on reasonable notice in 5x10 size.

    Years of manufacture: 1912 to 1915

    • 8 Home options (44" x 88" Playfield)

      • Slate: 3 or 4 slab set, 7/8"
      • Weight (lbs): 1125
    • 9 Pro options (50" x 100" Playfield)

      • Slate: 3 or 4 slab set, 7/8"
      • Weight (lbs): 1270

    One of our new styles of billiard tables on which we have secured design patent because of originality and simplicity. It is a good medium grade of table which will certainly be very popular. Design patent awarded May 7, 1912. Produced under various patents granted from 1892 to 1905.

    Brunswick Reno Pool Table Details:

    • Wood and Finish: Oak and mahogany. The oak is finished in fancy quarter-sawed, our No. 6 medium or golden color, with white Holly inlay. The mahogany is finished in our regular No. 2 stock mahogany color. After being treated with wood filler the exposed wood work is coated with best quality coach varnish and given a high gloss finish.
    • Construction: Framework of body is 1 7/8" x 12 1/2" wide. Mitered corners. Rigid Construction, Not built in sections. Reinforcing blocks above leg caps 1 3/4" x 8" x 12". Long stretchers 1 1/4" x 5 1/2". Cross stretchers 1 1/4" x 8 1/2" mortised in sides and ends and supported by reinforcing blocks. Reinforced with 1/2" x 6" bolts. Leg bolt caps 9" x 2 1/2" thick. Legs 8 1/4" square and 16 1/2" high. Solid in lower section, compound construction double veneered, 20 inch bolts. The wood construction all of good quality, cabinet made and put together in a most thorough manner. All joints are close and secure and all mitres absolutely accurate. Joints are tongued and grooved, strongly doweled and glued or screwed firmly together. All corners and edges made perfectly smooth and true.
    • Cushion Rails: Cabinet construction, 1 3/4" x 3 5/8". The hardwood core is reinforced with one thickness of veneer on each side, thereby giving it additional strength. The cap rail is veneered with rosewood.
    • Slate bed: Good quality Vermont, 3 or 4 slab slate to the set, not doweled, firmly screwed to a wood frame 7/8" thick. Pocket openings protected with wood framing.
    • Cushions: Standard Monarch, style no. 1888, certified by trademark plate set in cap of cushion rail.
    • Pockets: No. 3 style, with nickel plated flanges countersunk in cushion rail top, provided with invisible bolts from the lower side of rail. Heavy black cover leather and red trimming leather. No. 30 green worsted pocket nets.
  2. gottBallBuster on 2/15/2020 5:27:35 PM

    Those look like 6" pockets on your pool table. You might want to extend the sub-rails to tighten them up.

    I'm surprised that it's 7/8" slate but not a big deal.

    I'd match the original finish on the chipped areas then sand the entire table and spray with acrylic enamel clear coat.

    Are the top of the rails supposed to show the pocket posts?

  3. gottgott on 2/16/2020 10:22:31 AM

    The leather on the pockets is not original. The slate is 1" thick, and each piece is 32" x 49 7/8".

    The bed of table is what it is and I'm doing anymore to it. I want it to look it's age. The rails are done. I'll give them a light sanding and beautiful clear coat. I did not want to get rid of the old cigarette burns.

    The rails look like candy now.

    Remember, I am a disabled poor boy with lots of heart. This will be a fine table for me to work on some skills. I got my Amazon felt ready to put on. LOL.

    By the time I'm done I will have about $250 in this awesome antique Brunswick Reno pool table. When I play on it I will fell like a million dollars.

    My papa always said "a good pool player can play on any pool table and be good".

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1912/1915 Brunswick Reno Pool Table

  • Title: 1912/1915 Brunswick Reno Pool Table
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  • Published: 2/14/2020 2:05:26 PM
  • Last Updated: 2/14/2020 3:31:16 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)