Now that you’ve successfully disassembled and transported your pool table without breaking the bank or your back in the process, it’s time for you to start putting the pieces back again. But how exactly do you do that?
As pool table installers ourselves, we get asked that question a lot. And so we decided to come up with a brief guide to help you reassemble your pool table, even without enlisting the help of professional pool table installers.
To start with, make sure you have the following tools on hand:
- Flathead screwdriver (or, needle-nose pliers)
- Drill with a screwdriver bit
- Protective eyewear
An extra pair of hands wouldn’t hurt too!
All set? Let’s get started with the actual reassembly process.
Reassembling your pool table
If you disassembled your pool table yourself, then you most likely already have an idea as to how to put the pieces back together. If, for whatever reason, that is not the case, follow the steps outlined below.
Step 1: Gather all the disassembled pieces in one place
The easiest way to begin with the reassembly of your pool table is by making sure you have all the pieces of your table intact. Double-check the pieces and see to it that not a single one of the nuts, bolts, and screws are missing.
Reassemble everything right exactly where you want your pool table to be. This way, you won’t have to try lifting the whole thing once you’ve already put all the pieces back together.
Step 2: Re-screw the legs
Notice that we’re going to do everything in reverse order. Since the last step in the disassembly process is removing the table legs, this is the first piece that we will be putting back.
To do this, screw the legs back in place and secure them with the nuts you have detached during disassembling.
Step 3: Put back the slate bed
Once you have already secured the table legs, it’s time for you to re-attach the slate bed to its frame. Some slate beds are made as one piece, while others come as 2 to 3 slate pieces. If you’re working with 3 slate pieces, make sure to start reattaching the middle piece first before proceeding with the other slate pieces.
After positioning your slate bed back in its frame, take your level and make sure that the surface is straight before drilling and screwing the slate back down.
This is going to be heavy work, so make sure to enlist somebody else’s help for this. Of course, you can always reach out to our team of pool table installers if you need professional assistance!
Step 4: Reattach the felt surface
Before reattaching the felt surface though, make sure you wipe the slate bed down with a clean microfiber cloth. Doing this will ensure that the surface is flat and clean.
If you’ve saved your felt, then you can simply reattach it the way it was previously attached to the table.
To glue back your felt surface, you’ll need a felt adhesive specific to pool tables (a 3M Super 77 Glue will do, for example). When gluing the surface, make sure to do this portion by portion, giving the surface time to set before proceeding to the next section. This is a slow process, for sure, but it’s always better to go through this process slowly than rush things and risk ending up with an uneven felt surface.
If you’re just stapling back the felt surface, simply reattach it the way it was stapled before. As with the process of gluing back the felt, you want to make sure that the surface stays smooth and even.
Step 5: Put back the side rails
Once you’re done with reattaching the felt surface to the pool table, it’s time for you to put the side rails back in place. You will need your wrench for this step as you’ll have to put back the bolts where they should belong.
Step 6: Re-secure the drop pockets
Last but not the least, restaple the drop pockets to the side rails of your table. You’ll have to do this the way you disassembled them previously, by working from the underside of the table. Don’t forget your protective eyewear for this step! You wouldn’t want the staples to accidentally get into your eye.
And that’s it! That’s all you have to do to reassemble your pool table.
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