8ft Karnehm and Hillman Buckingham ….SOLD

Now sold ….SOLD SOLD SOLD !!!


BARGAIN just £325 for this 8ft three section slate based table …….. I would have left it at £500 but my client wishes for a quick sale .


We have a client based in Oakham near Leicester who wishes to sell their 8ft Tulip legged K&Hillamn snooker table

these do not come up for sale very often and if they do they are normally in shape of their square legged introductory model table.
this table is a the Buckingham Tulip carved legged model , I am afraid the table is dismantled and is ready for collection so here is a library photo of a 10ft version
the table will be 8ft by 4ft and has a three section slate bed in the same design as the above photo . ( this is not the actual table )
My client has moved from Norfolk to Oakham and the table was dismantled for that journey , he never had the table set back up and they are moving back to Norfolk
sadly the move will not allow for room for this very well known make of table , only one of a hand full of modern makers who actually manufactured good quality tables in the 1980s onward’s .
I am informed that in the sellers opinion the table will require a re cloth , and I do not know the condition of the wood work so I recommend any buyer to inspect the table before purchase .
the table comes with a good range of accessories including ball sets score board and rests and a proper coffin type green shade with gold fringe .

all inquiries to Geoff or Carol at GCL billiards to email c.large@btinternet.com ,
we will then put you in direct touch with the seller .
the asking price is just £500 for this well made table .
If you require a quote to pick up and deliver and set up with new cloth re-cover and maybe new nets and leathers then ask Geoff or Carol  at GCL Billiards email c.large@btinternet.com

this is what the standard square leg version looks like , but my client assures me it has the tulip carved legs as in library photo of the 10ft above .
and has 6 legs and a three section slate bed  with bolt nut inserts inside the slate bed , this is not a low cost screw on cushion but a proper in slate bolt type .
8ft k&hillman 3
ay I remind anyone who is thinking of a 8ft table like this  K & Hillman,  that full size table’s do sell for lower money and people find this hard to believe ,
the reason is simple there are Hundreds in fact Thousands of full size table’s available at low prices , try looking for a 8ft Karnehm and hillman Buckingham carved legged for sale , I think you will find there is only one and that is this which one was at £500 ( now £325 for very  quick sale !!!!! )  I would say is a good buy it price for seller and the Buyer so we are being very fair with the valuation taking into account the sellers honesty that table will prob require a re-cover .
one of the actual legs so you can be assured it is a tulip carved leg
and top cushion capping polish also looking in great condition on this 8ft table .

Local New Build Leisure Centre , return two full sized snooker tables plus re-cover .

I have been over to the New Rushcliffe Arena Leisure Centre this week to deliver their old snooker tables back .
the two tables where dismantled and taken into store and bubble wrapped two years ago .
Rushcliffe dismantle cushions off
the old snooker room of the now demolished old Rushcliffe Arena from 2014 , tables being dismantled and bubble wrapped .
this week we returned the tables to find a Large new Leisure Centre had been built on the old site of Rushcliffe Leisure Centre.
we rebuilt the frames and leveled them , then placed the slate on , then leveled again and set the joints correct and skimmed with filler .
the tables have 5 sections of slate around 2 inch thick .
these two tables where built around the late 1980s , and are actually metric sized , made by Thurston when the governing body was going to go over to metric sized tables .
they are around a couple of inches shorter on the length and width to a normal full sized table .
the governing body then refused to change over , I think Thurston must have made a couple of hundred of these metric tables around the 1980s/90s , and I have another on my rounds in a British legion club in Derby .
You have to be careful when marking out as all the measurements are different to a normal full sized table .
always take note of your surrounding walls and fixingswhen deciding on which end to break off from or the Baulk end as we call it .
The cloths where laid on with the D end ( Baulk end ) to this end , and that is because we have a wall of glass to the right of this photo , if we where to place the D end at the other end then from a break off if hit hard some balls may come off the table at speed and break the glass wall .
This was a concern to me , and I often wonder if architects play snooker ? if they did then they would know low down glass is a hazard for snooker balls flying off tables .
have you spotted the other obvious mistake they have made ? the lighting is for a 6ft pool table , too small and the wrong type to have above a full size snooker table .
don’t worry I put them right , they are either going to hang the old shades back up or fit new modern twin tube high frequency units up .
Table one all done sporting new Strachan 6811 tournament 30 oz cloth and New high quality nets and leathers and fitted  too .
now you can see the hazard of glass going all the way down to the floor .
This is not the only sports centre to have this design , I recently did the Nottingham University sports centre with three table in a very similar room using the same type of glass wall .
Nottingham university sports centre Glass wall to left of tables .
the new sports centre will look like this , Rushcliffe Arena I am sure will be a huge asset to the surrounding area
with new swimming pools gym , volley ball sports hall , snooker and indoor bowls to name just a few of the activities on offer .
I would like to thank Helen Penniston of Rushcliffe Borough council and Arena for putting GCL Billiards bid forward and securing the work for us , Helen worked closely with GCL Billiard to make sure the refitting of the tables was a smooth operation .
We worked to a date and time schedule and the work was carried out without any problems , access was sorted for hassle free installation .

Butlins….. new design Budweiser custom Printed Artscape cloths on american pool tables in Hot Shots .

Visited Butlins in Skegness last week for a three to four day stopover to re-cover 6 american 9ft Brunswick pool tables
Rob and Wayne booked me into accommodation for the week of which we are most grateful for .
Rob chose the cloth design again for this years new format of Printed Artscape Budweiser with stars background .
This year he went for three different colours of the same design rather than have all the tables in one colour like last year .
Myself and Steve get stuck into stripping the tables down ready for the new cloth design
I prefer to get the cushion retaining slips out and fit the new cushion cloth first ,
then turn over and strip the staples out before fixing new cloth into place on cushions
this makes for less turning over of the top surrounds.
the cushion cloth also has a pattern that must match up like wall paper to the bed cloth so careful fitting to make sure it all aligns must be done .
once the cushions are done we strip the bed cloth from the slate bed removing all the staples
Speed or cowboy fitters leave most of the old staples in and cover over the top , what the eye cannot see is their motto .
GCL billiards works to a standard and that means every old staple out .
The cloth colours where Purple  / Green and Gold . here is the Purple version , the faded in rings of light is the printed pattern it is made to look like a spot light is shining on it
note the shading goes into the cushion cloths , Artscape pattern cloth is designed like wall paper the cloths are colour coded so we know which cushion and what position on the tbale to fit , so that we get the matching pattern blending into the cushions too .
all 6 tables completed , alternate Green /Purple corner tables and gold in the middle all sporting that Budweiser logo with stars background pattern
a photo with no flash , this really shows up the pattern in the cloth
the tables are getting on a bit now , so next year they may be replaced with 9 supreme winner type tables , Rob is undecided yet
he may get another few years out of these , spares are now getting hard to find for these old tables but we still manage to keep them going .
and these 9ft American pool tables take some hammer in the 12 months that Bultins are open .
Sticky hands ice cream coke and other stains will appear over the coming months , but lets look at these newly re-covered cloths freshly recovered , I always get a buzz out of fitting cloths like these
Butlins march 2016 strip two more tables down.
I also popped into the green baize at Butlins , which has a round 16 full size snooker tables , I fitted some nets and leathers and made a few quick repairs , I am due back in February to carry out some re-covering work in there and other bits and bobs .
Albert who is in charge of the green baize is constantly looking to keep all 16 tables in use , and he regularly phones me up to keep me up to date on repairs required over the year .
as does Wayne for Hot shots .

For Sale 9ft snooker table …….NOW SOLD

Table is now SOLD SOLD SOLD
We may have clients looking for 9ft tables so if you have one for sale then why not advertise it on GCL Billiards for sale pages,we do not charge to list and only charge £25 admin fee when the table is sold just to cover our time emailing and making the odd telephone call to buyer and seller NO SALE no admin fee to pay ….you can’t lose on this great deal , we are lower priced than EBAY and do not take a commission as we may get the work for removing it for the new owner .

original advert ……………………………………………………….


A good modern 9ft snooker table for sale BCE type around 1980s/90s .
5 section slate bed , 6 legs in mahogany
the cushions are bolt into slate type with the modern hex bolt .
My client wishes to sell ASAP and offers in the region of £695 will be considered .
any sensible offer will be accepted
Table comes with a  good heavy duty cover
the table with cover off , the table is in the design of BCE legs
please note this table is located upstairs , extra men may be required to get the heavy slates downstairs
an end view with balls set up showing two rests
all accessories he has are with the table including scoreboard
the cushions are securely bolted into the slate bed with modern hex slotted bolts
ensuring a good tight cushion for full rebound value of the rubber .
Rear view of van Igor
If you require a quote to dismantle the table and deliver and set up with original cloth on or a re-cover then please contact Geoff at GCL Billiards for a quote with youre post code and if you require the table up or down stairs or on the ground floor .
All inquiries to Geoff or Carol Large at GCL billiards at