I'm about to recover my old pool table with some new cloth for the first time, with new worsted wool pool table cloth.
The old cloth seemed to be of the same texture on both sides. I read that worsted wool cloth is supposed to be installed fuzzy side down and smooth side up.
It just seems strange to have such a smooth surface compared to the old cloth. Am I reading the instructions correctly?
The fuzzy side of the cloth seems more like the top side of my old cloth.
Also, when covering the rails, it seems like my feather strips are below the rail even after the cloth is folded over. Shouldn't everything sit level with the rail? Will it hurt anything if they aren't?
Is it possible that the previous covering had the cloth installed upside-down?
Regardless, unless there is a standard in the rules, I think it would be up to the preference of the pool table owner. I am assuming that a smoother cloth causes less friction on the balls. I personally prefer a game to have faster speeds and longer distances of ball travel. If this causes less ball control, the players have to adjust to it. It's amazing how much more I scratch on a faster cloth!
On an old pool table I guess that the strips might have worn a bit, but if it doesn't affect the play (hands making bridges) then I would chalk it up to the "character" of the table. Is there any doubled or thinner material you could add to raise the strips? Or even skip the strips and anchor the cloth in the gap between the cushions and rails? I've never owned a feather stripper.
You may want to refer to a short, rudimentary YouTube video entitled "Replacing the feather strip on a pool table rail" by Blake; or one of the many quality videos posted by Billiards of New Orleans.
Are you up for either making or buying new feather strips?