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We highly recommend the use of dust covers on your Billiards table, this will prolong the life of your Billiards cloth. Strong light and dust and fade, break down the fibres in the wool. Dust covers are made of cotton, linen or some other breathable fabrics. Dust covers can be made for more of a complementary decorative feature that are normally made waterproof, due to pets, children, spillage ETC. At Harry Evans & Sons, we provide a huge range of dust covers and accessories.

Of course we can! This procedure involves the 2re drawing of the ‘D’ and baulk line onto the Billiards cloth. To replace the lines, we use a 2B pencil and a special marking tool. The spots are a silk glue that we always have in stock.

A competition table does not use spots as they sit proud of the cloth, spots can interrupt the path of the ball. However, the spots do protect the cloth in a way. There are strict dimensions that we follow when re spotting the table, these dimensions vary from table to table, depending on the size. We recommend you seek expert Billiards table technicians like us to help you out with this stuff.

We sure do, we understand that everyday use can break down your cue tip and sometimes your ferrules can become loose and fractured. We want you to keep the integrity of your cue and would have for you to have to replace or get a new one. So will look after you and do anything that is possible to keep your favorit cue in play.

We can not stress this enough, we highly recommend regularly brushing the cloth on your table. Before a game, after a game and even between games, get that debris off the table from the chalk and just other things floating around.  We suggest using a high quality horse hair or Billiards brush, as well as a short firm stroke in the direction of the  ‘nap’. Start with the ‘D’ end or baulk and brush in one direction, never brush the table against the nap. Brush down the table in one straight line, with every run slightly overlapping the next run. Always remember to brush under and around the top of the cushions also in the directions of the nap. Harry Evans & Sons include cloth brushing as a part of a general table service if you require.

After the re-locations of your Billiards table or even due to climatic change, Billiards tables need to be leveled. We do provide this as a a general service here at Harry Evans & Sons but adjusting the threaded toes or feet at the base of the table legs change the table height, other tables have packers under the legs, so depending on the type of table you have, I would suggest leaving it to the experts.

The whole purpose of ironing the cloth is so that it lays the nap completely flat to increase the speed of the ball in play. To do this, we use an iron-on ‘wool setting’ or medium-dry heat with a specific Billiards table iron. To prevent damaging the cloth, we keep the iron moving at all times, placing the iron on the bed cloth and twisting it to a 45 degree angle. This will reduce heat marks, but just like anything else, I would leave it to the professionals.

The nap is the direction of the cloth, the fibres of the material lay flat in this direction. If you softly stroke the cloth with your hand, you will feel that it is smooth one way and rough the other. Just like hair growing on your body, they grow in one direction and when smoothing them down, they are soft to touch and when rubbing them the opposite direction you feel the coarseness of the grain. It is so important to brush the table in the direction that the fibres lay.

Glossary

Billiard table or Pool table cloth.

The cloth is sometimes referred to as ‘felt’ but this is actually  incorrect. Felt is a matted compressed material and Billiard cloth is a dedicated woven fabric used in Snooker, Billiards and Pool. The cloth is 100% wool and it is available in different weights for the different applications. There is a selection of colours and patterns available, these range from the traditional to more modern designs.

Fully-Housed Frame.

Fully-housed frame means that the construction of the frame is using a Mortise and Tenon joint. A “mortise” meaning groove and “tenon” meaning tongue slots into each other as matched pieces of timber. The strength of this style of joint makes it ideal for use in framing and general furniture work. The tenon must be a tight fit into the mortise for a strong joint. The tenon width should never be more than one third the width of the timber in which it’s cut.

Hand-ground.

Hand-ground is a method of achieving superior flatness. Grinding the slate is a technique that takes great skill to achieve a close tolerance. All our tables are hand ground for supreme flatness and accurate roll.

Kiln-dried furniture grade timber.

Kiln drying timber stabilizes the structure of the material. All our timber is hand-selected from available sustainable supplies. We use Kiln dried timber because of its quality and aging properties.

Slate.

A sedimentary rock selected for its soft pure properties. We prefer slate mined from Italy for its high quality. The correct measurements for traditional & competition tables. Click here to view the table sizes and room requirements guide.