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How to Disassemble a Pool Table

Disassembling a pool table can be rather easy, providing you have the right tools and manpower. The instructions listed here, are for a standard wood frame home pool table with a slate bed and leather drop pockets. Coin operated tables and non slate tables have different instructions when disassembling.

Steps

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    Detach the pockets from the table itself. Usually the straps of the pockets are attached to the table itself with either screws, staples, nails or glue.
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    Next using your 9/16" socket and wrench; remove the rail bolts located underneath each rail. Place the rail bolts in a marked bag for storage.
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    Take one section of the rail assembly (2 sides and top/bottom) and flip them over onto the covered bed of the pool table. Unscrew the pocket screws.
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    Remove the pockets from the rail assembly and place to the side.
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    Place the rails to the side. On some tables you will have to remove the aprons at this point.
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    Remove the felt from the slate bed. The felt is usually either glued down or stapled to the wood backing of the slate. If it is stapled, remove each staple carefully, as not to rip the felt itself.
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    Remove the slate screws and place them in a marked bag. Sometimes all the slate screws will be filled in with either beeswax, Bondo or putty. Carefully remove the product from each hole.
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    Pull the slates apart and lift each one and place to the side.These are very heavy so please be careful.
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    Disassemble the frame. Generally, most of the time if you are just moving the table a short distance, all that will be required is removing the legs.
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    Remove the bolt from each leg. Pick the table up, remove the legs and place to the side.

Tips

  • Bumpers: The rubber part of the rail. They are covered with felt.
  • Always use your legs to lift the slates.
  • Rail Assembly: Contains the wooden rail, the cushion or bumpers and to which the apron attaches to.
  • Felt: The cloth that covers the playing surface and the rail bumpers. Usually it is a 75% woolen 25% nylon blend.
  • Aprons: The wooded segment that attached to the rail assembly.
  • Slate: The playing surface of the pool table. Usually comes in (3) pieces. Can either be wood backed or unbacked.
  • Using a flat head screwdriver is helpful in removing staples from the wood backing on the slates.
  • Frame: The base of the pool table which the slate sits on.

Things You'll Need

  • 9/16" socket, socket wrench,
  • Philips screwdriver,
  • Flat head screwdriver.
  • Marked sandwich baggies to place screws and bolts.

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