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What is a slate pool table?

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This describes a pool table that has a playing surface of slate, covered by the cloth of coourse.

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What is a slate bed pool table?

The playing surface of a good quality snooker table has a bed of slate so it is called a slate bed pool table.


How do you make slate for a pool table?

You cannot make the slate for the pool table. It is cut and milled for the table, and then the table manufacturer fixes a wooden frame to the slate and fits it to the table frame. Then the holes are drilled to anchor it to the table.


Should a pool table be slate?

Yes. To be a regulation table it must be slate. To be sure you have a consistent playing surface that is similar to that of a regulation table, it must be slate. A pool table can have a different surface but it should not be expected to be idenitical in play as a slate table.


What is pool table slate?

This is the large main surface of a pool table. Slate is a stone, so it can be cut extremely flat and does not warp.


How much does a 7 foot slate pool table weight?

what it the average weight of a 7 foot slate pool table


Is a non slate table considered a pool table?

Yes, slate is not necessary, but the level of play may not equal to even a cheap slate table.


What pattern is Gandy pool table slate?

A 9 foot Gandy pool table uses a fine finished 3 piece slate. There is no pattern specific to Gandy.


How much is pool table slate worth?

This would be around $100 for any 1 inch slate set. Used pool table slate has very little value. It can only be used on a table designed for slate and slate doesn't "go bad". Therefore, there is no market to sell used pool table slate. The potential buyer would be the small retailer, who could then replace slate damaged in handling - and it would be necessary to have a full set of matched pieces to sell it.


What is the difference between a slate and a non slate pool table?

The first difference is cost, as slate tables cost more. The second difference is weight, as a slate table weighs more than non-slate. The third difference is "playability". A non-slate table and a slate table that has less than one inch slate will not provide the same tolerances and ball reactions as compared to a quality one inch slate table. This third item is the reason all regulation pool tables are required to have one inch slate.


Where can you get slate for a billiards table?

Most pool table slate comes from Italy and is cut and milled there for pool table use. From there, it is finished at the pool table manufacturer. To purchase new slate, you need to contact a pool manufacturer and convince them to sell you the slate. Because it is not an item they intned to sell, expect it to be very costly. In addition, you will most likely be responsible for drilling the slate yourself. A better option may be to look around for a used pool table that has the slate in excellent condition. This can be found in yard and garage sales, newspaper ads, Craig's List, and eBay. This most likely will be much cheaper than buying new slate.


How high do you hang a pool table light over the pool table?

30 inches above the slate bed.


How do you fuse the slate together on a pool table?

The pool table slate is not fused together. The most common material for filling the seams is beeswax. Each piece of slate is attached to the table foundation by use of screws. From the surface, this gives the appearance of being fused.