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  • I 3D printed some pocket templates

    So I found the drawings that are available in some threads here. They are a little unclear to me as someone who doesn't necessarily know all the current and former governing bodies of snooker.

    I had one made off the wpbsa drawings, the one that says there is no undercut on the cushion. These make a very tight pocket so I was looking to make the bs&c (?) templates which seem to allow for 3.5" instead of 3.313" if I recall correctly.

    Anyway, they also mention a lower template which I can't seem to find any measurements on, does the lower one only check to ensure the slate drop? Or does it also check the cushion height?

    I'd love to get some more measurements and tweak these things a bit more.

    Thanks for any help guys!

    Joel
    Photo here : https://photos.app.goo.gl/oiNLQEktsQaESuWo7

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    IBSF is the international governing body for AMATEUR snooker and their templates are used for their world tournaments
    B&SCC is the Billiards and Snooker Control Council who ruled snooker and billiards before the IBSF and WPBSA and their templates are no longer official but for my money are the best ones
    WPBSA is world governing body for pros and their tables but they do not sell their templates to anyone, only the IBSF does that nowadays.

    The lower template is hardly used but does show the pocket slate fall and the cushion shape on entering the pocket.

    The golden rule is the pocket opening cannot narrow after the fall which is what happens with some types of tables like Schender and Wiraka.
    Terry Davidson
    IBSF Master Coach & Examiner

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    • #3
      Thanks Terry! Appreciate you're knowledge I've come across in all these threads. From what I gather you're somewhat local to me as well. I'm down southern Ontario, between Windsor and London.

      Do you have details on the lower template? Mainly how thick it is? I'd love to verify my rubber height.

      And so from the drawings I've seen in the threads here, are the b&scc pockets the same as the isbf?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by joelhoekstra View Post
        Thanks Terry! Appreciate you're knowledge I've come across in all these threads. From what I gather you're somewhat local to me as well. I'm down southern Ontario, between Windsor and London.

        Do you have details on the lower template? Mainly how thick it is? I'd love to verify my rubber height.

        And so from the drawings I've seen in the threads here, are the b&scc pockets the same as the isbf?
        I long ago sold off my IBSF templates and don't remember much about the low one. I live in Alma, ON which is just north of Fergus/Elora or about 30kms north of Guelph.

        No, the IBSF pockets play a bit tighter than the B&SCC ones. Most Riley tables where the pockets have not been altered were done with B&SCC templates and a lot of players (including myself) prefer the Riley tables for a lot of reasons not only their pockets.
        Terry Davidson
        IBSF Master Coach & Examiner

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        • #5
          Joel - I think this is a really interesting approach. It could make templates quite accessible to the home player. Are the files uploaded anywhere, and did you (or anyone) succeed in making the larger ones? I'm in the US, and snooker supplies and expertise can be scarce.

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          • #6
            Terry or Joel...could you please email me the pocket drawings. It is hard to find anything here in the USA. My email is cralvey1973@gmail.com
            Thanks so much.

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