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  • #16
    thanks for the input Peter as you can see I am still learning even after 41 years in the billiards fitting trade .

    It certainly clears up why these spots do not align with baulk line at 29 inch from nose of cushion .

    I do get people saying the line dose not align with the ivory dots it is then I educate them that they are for the chalk cup positions and not the baulk line .

    I once had a boss who bought a firm I worked for say to a client that the dots are for ball position and working out angles , much like the diamond markers on american pool cushions
    I waited until he left the room before putting the client right on what they where for .
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    • #17
      Haha Geoff about the spots for ball position. The Ivory spots near enough line up with our baulk line but are below the pink spot at the other end. They turn out to be quite insignificant anyway as far as playing goes. Struggling to get photos from my phone to my iPad to put pictures of our table, will work on it.
      So our cushions seem high with the centre of the white a touch above the bottom edge of the rubber. The rubbers have been replaced and a funny thing was spotted last night that none of us have noticed since the table was put in 6 weeks ago was that the cloth on the left hand cushion looking down the table has been replaced inside out lol furry side up nap to the inside.
      So doubles pull up short and escapes from snookers go wide its going to wreck our league. Geoff does that sound like a high cushion with firm rubbers? The rubbers feel quite deep also if you push your fingers into them.
      Love the knowledge you guys have and would love to table fit for a job. A few years back Geoff my mate and I built our own enbuild with your help, we still have it but is packed up on to a pallet just now as we give up the premises and have no where to put it. We made a great job for our first time ever covering a table and it played great. Quality cloth, we put on a hainsworth presision which probably helped us. Would have one of those cloths again, well recommend. Amazing fun stripping down a table then transporting it for rebuild and refurb.
      Fantastic knowledge from 100-uper and Geoff .
      Cheers Ricky

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      • #18
        The only thing inside out cloth would do on a cushion is maybe make the ball skid , nap actually helps grip the ball ,

        you see this on worn down napped cushion cloth balls skidding and jumping , after a re-cover all is well again as the ball is gripping the nap .

        the only things that could make cushions bounce not good is

        OLD rubber , cracking shrinking going hard or too soft , it is funny that age on some rubbers make the rubber go hard and crack , other too soft and spongy .
        it is all down to chemical build of the rubber , and reaction to natural ozone in our air .
        read up on rubber and ozone affect

        http://www.applerubber.com/hot-topic...deterioration/

        low quality rubber

        rubber not glued to block and coming off in places

        rubber shrinking with age or bent over too far as too soft and not enough body in it

        blocks low or high

        rubber makes contact with ball too high not good bounce

        rubber makes contact below center of ball = catapults off the rubber and jumps .

        bolts not tight enough or wood body of cushion not good hard wood or blocks are coming away from cushion body , your slips will be nailed in if this is the case .

        only one sure way to rectify your table is to , look at the cushions see if the body is good , if so re-block with modern blocks and re-rubber .

        if it is just the one upside down covered cloth on one cushion , just have it re-covered nap face up .
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        • #19
          Aye Geoff it’s just the one cushion. But that’s nothing to do with the table playing the way it does as all cushions act the same. I don’t think it’s anything to do with the way the table was put together either as the the table fitter built all 3 of our table when we moved to a new venue. It could be cheap rubbers though I have no idea what rubbers he used.
          We have three tables 2 of which are used by league players only and the other one can be used by any members. As the league is serious with prize money I am going to suggest we switch to the other 2 table at let the members play on the latest one we brought in. It is an ok table for potting even with its tighter pockets but is no good for a tactical game where getting out of snookers is crucial. I don’t think the club will pay to have anything major done to it. I am going to measure the height of the cushions in comparison to the other 2 tables.

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          • #20
            My parents have an antique table in their loft and due to a house renovation they are looking to get rid of it. I'm a little confused about it's origins because it has a John Taylor & Sons plate at one end and a Thurston & Co plate at the other. Is that normal? Did both of these companies manufacture tables? I believe the table was built in 1889.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by kevttt View Post
              My parents have an antique table in their loft and due to a house renovation they are looking to get rid of it. I'm a little confused about it's origins because it has a John Taylor & Sons plate at one end and a Thurston & Co plate at the other. Is that normal? Did both of these companies manufacture tables? I believe the table was built in 1889.
              Both of these companies made tables.
              Sometimes a company would put their own plate on another make when, say, they changed the cushion-rails.
              How did you come to the date?
              Up the TSF!

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              • #22
                Originally posted by kevttt View Post
                My parents have an antique table in their loft and due to a house renovation they are looking to get rid of it.
                Best of luck getting the slates out of the loft.
                Speak up, you've got to speak up against the madness, you've got speak your mind if you dare
                but don't try to get yourself elected, for if you do you'll have to cut your hair

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                • #23
                  The circular roses on the legs can be pulled off and on the back of those roses the wood is engraved with 1889. However, that could mean something else?

                  I also found the number 2436 engraved into the underside of the side frame.

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                  • #24
                    Interesting development.......

                    I emailed Thurston and they think it might be a completely different table all together. hmmm..

                    Looking at the picture your parents table we would suspect is what we call an Orme (a Manchester & Glasgow Billiard Co long since ceased trading) chestnut table. The two plates you refer to indicate that at least twice in its life it has had work carried out on the cushions - once by Taylor's and once by Thurston. Neither of these plates indicate the table manufacturer. The table is circa 1925 and sadly if our suspicion is correct that it is an Orme chestnut table then it is of little value. It will still weigh almost a tonne with a 5 section slate bed. so if you are to move it make sure that it is done carefully as the slate bed is quite difficult to handle unless you know what you are doing especially as you mention it is in a loft. Hope the above is sufficient information, Thurston Customer Service

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                      • #26
                        I don't understand why they would have put 1889 there. Is it a date? It seems strange.
                        王可

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