Fun for all the fam­ily

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Front Page - - KYLIE McIN­TOSH

POOL ta­bles have long been a must-have fur­nish­ing for the house­hold man cave or fam­ily rum­pus room, of­fer­ing hours of fun for play­ers of all ages.

Buy­ing a pool ta­ble used to be an ex­pen­sive ex­er­cise, but an en­try level ta­ble is no longer the big ticket item they once were.

Sec­ond­hand ta­bles can be pur­chased for as lit­tle as $300 thanks to Week­end Shop­per.

David Brodie has been build­ing pool ta­bles at his Gympie shop, Brodie Pool Ta­bles, for more than 10 years.

He has a few tips for shop­pers buy­ing sec­ond­hand ta­bles.

“Make sure they have a strong solid base as this gives you good ball re­sponse off the cush­ions. You want to see heaps of bounce,” Mr Brodie said.

“Check that the cloth is in good con­di­tion and look un­der­neath to see if the slate is cracked.

“Gen­er­ally you roll the balls to make sure the ta­ble is straight.

“And look at whether the tim­ber is in good con­di­tion around the rails ( pock­ets).”

Shop­pers can view the Bil­liards/ Pool sec­tion for a large range of sec­ond­hand pool ta­bles.

They range from “com­po­si­tion felt ta­ble 8x4, with ac­ces­sories” for as lit­tle as $300 to an up­mar­ket “8x4 slate top, lo­cally made, black cloth, vinyl cover, four graphite and four wooden cues with bil­liard balls and pol­ished tim­ber wall cue rack, lit­tle use, per­fect con­di­tion for $2750”.

The op­ti­mal pool ta­ble is one that is heavy as it is “straighter and truer” ac­cord­ing to Mr Brodie.

“ The heav­ier the ta­ble and the thicker the ma­te­rial around the cush­ion, the bet­ter the ball re­sponse.”

Mr Brodie’s busi­ness re­cov­ers old pool ta­bles and builds cus­tom-made, solid, tim­ber pool ta­bles made from used rail­way sleep­ers.

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