A slate pool table is usually assembled by professionals. But if you want to save a huge amount of money, you can put up your own. Be reminded, however, that it is not as easy as it sounds. The slate pool table is in itself quite heavy and might require a few hands. But if you are intent on assembling your own table, why not make it a family or friend weekend activity? After setting it up, you can enjoy a game right away. To give you some assistance, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to put together a slate pool table.
- Assemble the cabinet. The very first thing you need to do is to put together the cabinet or the frame. There is usually an instruction manual that goes with your slate pool table, so better if you check it. In some cases, however, the cabinet comes already assembled. When it is already put together, move the cabinet to the place where you intend to use it. Remember to put about 60 inches distance between the walls and all the way around the slate pool table so that you can freely move when playing. Then, turn your cabinet upside down.
- Attach the legs. Now that the cabinet is flipped down, you can already screw in the legs. Begin by putting the legs in each of the bracket. Then, loosely keep them in place with bolts. After which, turn the cabinet right side up. The cabinet should now stand on its own. Next, adjust the legs and angle them the right way. Tighten the bolts.
- Put the slate panels. You can now begin to set the slate panels on top of the cabinet. Slate pool tables usually have three slate panels, and you can easily recognize which should go to the middle and sides of the cabinet. The middle panel should be set first. It should be positioned right at the center, so you need to take the measurements of the sides to be sure. When you are very sure the middle panel is set where it should be, you can begin to install the two other panels.
- Make sure to level the slate panels. Remember that the slate pool table needs to have an even surface, so you need to level out the highest and lowest points all across the slates. Begin with one slate panel. Using a level, determine the highest and lowest points. Then, hammer a shim over the lowest point. Using the level again, measure if the lowest point is indeed level with the highest point. If it is, screw the shim in. Repeat this process for the two other panels.
- Seal the seams. The areas where all panels meet are called seams. You can seal them by melting beeswax over the seams. You should also do this to the screw holes. Let the beeswax dry. Then, scrape off the excess beeswax with a paint scrapper. Feel the surface with your bare hands after. There should be no bumps and holes on the surface.
- Do the finishing touches. First, install the felt. Then, using bolts, begin putting the pockets on the rails. Install the rails afterwards, and make sure they are properly aligned. Next, screw or staple the pockets from underneath the slate pool table.
Finally, carefully examine the slate pool table. All parts should be tightly held in place. If you think all things are rightly installed, you can now begin a game.