Fun for all the family
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.