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Alternative pool table

Alternative pool table

I'm in the market for a new table but there is one thing about most pool tables that I just can't settle with: The slate and the wood (OK, I guess that is two things).

  • The slate - It is really heavy so you need a couple of guys to move every part of it. The potential of breaking during transport aren't huge but if they do new ones are expensive. It is a pain in the ass to get it all even and straight. I'd have to hire a pro to set my table up (getting it even and stretching the cloth).
  • The wood - It's mostly quite dark and looks "heavy", wouldn't fit in most modern apartments. It's flexible so even if a pro set up my table and got it lined up perfectly the weight of the slate would still, in time, make the table become un-level.

I've been looking around on the web and found some interesting tables (mostly in steel). Despite the fact that most of them are quite expensive, they look good.

Does anyone have any experience with these tables. Or does anyone know of any good tables made of alternative materials?

Alternative pool table

Replies & Comments

  1. georgrjana on 4/19/2007 9:55:44 PM

    This is a glass topped billiard table created by architecture students at the Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture and Design. I doubt that it is any less heavy though than a standard billiard table.

    I think if you want quality and playability, you should stick with the standard.

    There are a number of companies out there who make custom tables, and that would be where you'll find your steel tables. e.g. mitchell-custom.com

    You can also check these folks for other custom tables - spiritelements.com/ProdList.aspx?c=1277

    Either way, you are going to end up shelling out tons of cash to get something of decent quality, why not stick with the standard.

  2. georgrbilliardsforum on 12/31/2008 3:44:35 PM

    We published some more details on this glass pool table and also the details of the patent that was filed with the USPTO.

    Glass Pool Table - the article with quotes from the inventor.

    Glass Billiard Table Top Patent - the technical details of the glass pool table, and details about how the inventor made the glass surface play and feel like a real pool table cloth surface.

  3. georgrquickshot on 12/31/2008 8:37:25 PM

    Isn't there a song that goes something like "There's nothing like the real thing, baby"

  4. georgrRMCORP2006 on 1/28/2009 9:20:32 AM

    SAM Leisure out of Spain has a table made from mahogany wood and steel i-beams called "The Regenta". It is an outstanding table if you have the money for it.

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Alternative pool table

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  • Published: 4/18/2007 7:06:00 PM