It Just Vanished! How to Make an Antique Pool Table Disappear

Antique pool tables are prized possessions that billiard lovers would like to possess. However, when they have to relocate, they need a way of safely moving this heavy 1,000 pound table to the new destination.

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Antique pool tables in Hearst Castle Billiard room

Safety in Movement

Antique billiard pool tables cannot be moved when they are assembled since this can damage the balancing and the felt. Instead, the safest way to move these heavy pieces is by dismantling them and packing the individual pieces in separate crates.

The First Step

The first step to dismantling an antique pool table is removing the wooden chutes connected to each pocket. Often these chutes are connected to a center track that tilts slightly to collect all the balls in a single place.

It Pays to be Careful

Once the chutes have been removed and packed, it is time to remove the felt. This should be done carefully by removing the staples to ensure that the felt is not damaged. Careful handling of the felt can save the owner a couple of hundred dollars on a new covering for the pool table.

Attention to Detail

The next step is to measure the slates. While modern pool table shave slates measuring 57 inches by 107 inches, antique pool tables can have slates measuring 104 inches by 54 inches. Once the slates have been measured, you need to obtain crates that can hold them safely. This means that the crates should be of the right size to avoid damage when moved. The slates can then be removed and packed in the crates for transport.

After this the pockets of the antique pool table should be dismantled and stored.
With this step all the special features of the pool table have been safely removed and packed. Now the pool table has to be turned upside down and the legs dismantled. The final step is to pack the pool table top in a crate.

A Tight Fit

When preparing to relocate an antique pool table the first step is to dismantle it with care and pack the individual pieces safely. This means that the chutes, felt, and slate will have to be carefully removed and packed. As antique pool tables had slates of differing dimensions, you need to measure the slates used and then obtain crates that meet those dimensions. A crate that allows the slate to slide around inside can damage it and be expensive to replace. Instead, the packer should ensure that the slate fits snugly into the crate.