When it comes to good craftsmanship, we all know that things made in yesteryear were generally made better. Today’s products seem to be so mass-produced that skilled craftsmanship and attention to detail are no longer the norm. It’s no different when it comes to pool tables! If you compare pool tables made today with ones made in the late 19th century and early 20th century, the fabric and wood on the antique ones is far superior. Craftsmanship of the art deco period was especially top notch. Some Facts About Antique Pool Tables Pool tables that are antiques generally can be found in 8, 9, and 10-foot sizes. Satinwood is quite commonly used in them, along with the bed having 3 pieces of heavy slate. They usually have six legs and a high quality wood used for the covering. As many as 7 types of wood can be used on the older models. Antique tables also usually have a hidden drawer underneath the table surface that can hold and store the cue sticks and balls. There are some stunning tables with designs from the Victorian era carved into a light oak wood finish. They are truly a masterpiece! The really exquisite tables can even be found with diamonds and ivory embedded in the rails. Prices will vary depending on whom you buy from, but for the really extravagant tables, you can pay several thousand dollars. It all depends on the features and quality of the table, as well as the age. Do your homework and make sure you avoid fake dealers! Pool tables can have lots of design and...
If you play pool, then you know about pool cues and how important they are to the game. Think of them like any other important tool you might have—they need to be cared for properly to ensure they perform perfectly for as long as possible. Just like you’d never leave tools made of metal out in the elements to get rained on, you shouldn’t do it with pool cues either. Another damaging factor with good pool cues is direct sunlight or being in a very cold or hot car. Cue sticks should never be left in sunlight. A Little Lesson About Pool Cues Cue sticks are usually constructed from wood that has been laminated. Because of this, they can easily get warped and delaminate if not cared for. Humidity can also cause them to contract or expand, so that’s why it’s a good idea to keep them in a temperature-controlled environment all the time. There are metal parts in the rings or joints of the cue stick that can come apart and separate if the cue is in different extreme temperature changes. It’s for this reason that you should also never store pool cues in a cellar or attic. There are wall racks that you can mount to store your cues and those are a great way to go. If you like to go out to other places to play pool, then you should get a good quality cue case. Failing to do this will definitely create damage to the cue stick over time. Soft cases don’t protect quite like they should, so we prefer using hard cases that...
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