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Setting up a used pool table questions - 02-03-2020, 07:27 PM

Hey everyone. I've read a fair amount on azbillards.com and I appreciate the wealth of knowledge. I just bought a used Olhausen 8-foot 3-piece slate table, and I have three questions

1. Does anyone know how old this table is? The seller said it was about 10 years old, but there's a date written on the inside of the cabinet referencing 1987.





2. When I broke down the table, the slate had quite a few scratches on it. They're pretty shallow. I asked the seller about them and he said they didn't affect play at all. I was thinking I'd fill them with Bondo, but I'm wondering if I shouldn't worry about the scratches since they're so shallow. I've rolled a ball across them, and they don't appear to affect the ball at all.



3. Finally, I'm installing the table upstairs, and I'm thinking of using Bondo to seal the seams. Since the table will be upstairs, the floor will have a little bounce to it at times, and bees wax may come undone. Is Bondo a good choice.

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02-04-2020, 03:31 AM

I am a long way from an expert , but until someone more knowledgeable answers , I don't think the scratches will affect anything, I would not use bondo personally , I prefer beeswax, it can be taken off with a hairdryer, bondo you need to sand, and might do more harm than good. When you put the cloth on, don't go too fast and open up the cloth above the screw hole in the slate thinking it's another rail bolt {I actually did that, luckily it was still about 75 % under the rail and doesn't affect play.}
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02-04-2020, 10:21 PM

Okay, thanks book collector. Maybe I'll just use beeswax and put the felt on and see how the table plays. If the scratches affect anything then, I'll revisit trying something to alleviate the symptom.
  
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02-05-2020, 08:43 AM

Yeah I donít think those light scratches are going to be a factor at all.

I think the buyer underestimated the age of that table. The Olhausen label is pre ďAccu-fast cushionsĒ time frame. They started using Accu-fast cushions in the early to mid 90s, so the table is probably closer to 30 years old.


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02-05-2020, 08:51 AM

Its really impossible to tell if the scratches are deep enough to be an issue from these pictures. My slates were damaged by screws being overflush and stacked slates. I filled them with a dental casting product that is very easy to use, almost as hard as slate and doesn't shrink. Just lay it on, smooth it with a razor blade and its permanently repaired. If you can feel them with a fingernail, now is the time to repair them, not after you assemble and realize you wish you had.
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The OTHER filler - 02-05-2020, 09:24 AM

Thanks for telling us about the Die Set Material.. I'll try that with some ideas & see how that works.




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02-05-2020, 09:39 AM

Beeswax is the answer you seek.

Use a torch to melt it onto the seams and a straight edge to lay it down flat.
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02-06-2020, 01:32 PM

Okay thanks everyone for your replies.

@Lawnboy77, what would you say the table is worth? I paid $1000 because I thought the Olhausen name was well worth it, and I also thought the rails did have Accufast cushions. It looks like I was mistaken.
  
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A Pool Table is NOT always measured by monetary value - 02-06-2020, 01:45 PM

If your Pool Table gives you a place to have fun, do some practicing & enjoy with friends, $1000 isn't much of an investment for the returns you will enjoy.

With some good Simonis 360, a good table mechanic & a few days or weeks, you'll be in business...




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Okay thanks everyone for your replies.



@Lawnboy77, what would you say the table is worth? I paid $1000 because I thought the Olhausen name was well worth it, and I also thought the rails did have Accufast cushions. It looks like I was mistaken.


I think you did fine paying $1000.00 for that table. Like ceebee mentioned, thatís cheap entertainment over the long haul. Itís a solid home table made in the U.S., and as far as the Accu-Fast cushions go, right now is the perfect time to have that done, along with any rail work that might need to be done, like subrail extensions to correct bad pocket angles and maybe tighten the pockets just a bit.


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According to some you can send your rails off to an AZ member here. A little research here would do it!
  
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02-06-2020, 06:27 PM

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Hey everyone. I've read a fair amount on azbillards.com and I appreciate the wealth of knowledge. I just bought a used Olhausen 8-foot 3-piece slate table, and I have three questions

1. Does anyone know how old this table is? The seller said it was about 10 years old, but there's a date written on the inside of the cabinet referencing 1987.





2. When I broke down the table, the slate had quite a few scratches on it. They're pretty shallow. I asked the seller about them and he said they didn't affect play at all. I was thinking I'd fill them with Bondo, but I'm wondering if I shouldn't worry about the scratches since they're so shallow. I've rolled a ball across them, and they don't appear to affect the ball at all.



3. Finally, I'm installing the table upstairs, and I'm thinking of using Bondo to seal the seams. Since the table will be upstairs, the floor will have a little bounce to it at times, and bees wax may come undone. Is Bondo a good choice.

Thanks everyone.
The scratches were probably caused by Staples when one piece was slid across the top of another piece during a move. Although they are not deep, using a palm sander should help, which I would recommend particularly if you are planning to use a thinner faster brand of cloth like Simonis.

As for Bondo, we have used it in our slate seams here for years and it is our preferred compound. You may get some differing opinions from mechanics who post here. The biggest advantage is you donít have to worry about it breaking up or softening if it gets damp, in the process of wiping down your pool tables with a wet towel while cleaning the cloth.
  
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02-06-2020, 07:16 PM

Thanks again guys for the great info. I didn't realize you could buy Accufast cushions individually. That's awesome news!

Part of my purpose in buying the pool table was to engage in a fun project too. As such, I was planning on leveling it and putting the cloth down myself. With this new information, I'll see about replacing the cushions too.
  
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