We have a client who wishes to sell their circa 1910 to 1920 6ft oak Riley diner.
Table is in need of some TLC to bring it back up to a £3000 table which is what some would want for a fully renovated table like this .
but priced to sell as is and buyer collects for just £350 .
please look at the following pics , serial number of this table starts with A6 , A stands for Accrington and 6 = 6ft
this table is an early one it has buttons instead of slide in panels to cover cushion fixing screws . .
Table is in the North Staffordshire area of SK17 near Buxton and Leek area .
all inquiries to Geoff at
We have a client who wishes to sell their nice looking Birmingham billiards 10ft table
The table will require 4 adjustable slate supports brackets and support beams modification as this is something that Birmingham billiards often miss out .
They should fit them but they just do not for some reason .
If you have GCL billiards quote to move the table for you and employ them , we can also arrange to have these fitted at extra cost
The table itself is £500 as it is on site , any dismantle loading removal delivery unloading setting up and modifications work , will be charged extra , please get in touch with GCL billiards for a quote to do this .
The £500 asking price is a very good price for one of these .
Originally this table would be around £3000 to £3500 when new ., and the owner did say they paid £3300 for it .
The table is situated in Ettington near Stratford on Avon .
the 10ft table comes with the lights and matching scoreboard , cue rack cues and balls .
Both snooker and pool ball sets .
the spots on the table is the reflection of the light bulbs , these lights do this and I do not really recommend these type of lights for tables , best to use twin tube or LED panel lighting .
but it may be a simple change of bulbs from clear glass to frosted ones to sort the spot problem out .
as you can see the cloth is pretty decent and has some life left in it , so this will save you a re-cover
Nest and leathers are as new and the light Oak wood work is really good condition too .
Photo close up from one end .
Cloth has a few stab marks , but in my opinion is OK for a year or so as it has plenty of nap left on it ,
it will of course brush and iron up better when refitted .
Or if you prefer pay extra and have it re-covered with brand new cloth .
As stated all removal and delivery and set up costing is separate from the £500 asking price .
All inquiries to Geoff or Carol at GCL billiards at
Here we have a table for sale that resembles a Riley diner but does not have the raise and fall operation .
it comes with chairs and table top .
The top in my opinion is a three leaf extender top from a normal 1930 /1950s dining table stained and polished to match or it was good match to start with .
and with use has blended in the same patina as the Chairs .
The 6ft Riley table is circa 1910 to 1920 , it has the brass domed coffin screws in the cushions that gives me an idea of date it was manufactured .
Sturdy 6ft table for snooker or pool .
we value the table the top and chairs at £350 which is a good come and buy me price , collection is North London .
you will require a small medium van transit sized or a large VOLVO type Estate car , the legs unbolt form the lower frame .
but with the Chairs the Van is the better option .
The table with the top off and chairs put to one side .
you can see the brass domed coffin screws in the cushions , and yes these type of screws where used in the coffin industry to screw the top of the coffin down .
Typical Riley turned leg for this early period , with brass top pocket plates with leather strip inserts to the face , we normally advise a set of top plate leathers on these when it would be due some re-cover work .
But for now it is very presentable .
you will find you may require cushions on the chairs if you use it for a dining table as this table has no high low adjustment for dining height .
We have to be very Honest when advertising tables so I like to make aware of the fact that this table is a normal height playing table and not a raise and fall Riley diner .
which would be priced around £1000 to £1500 in this state of Honest used play without chairs , so at just £350 with chairs it would be a good alternative.
and for comparison here is a Riley Diner raise and fall system and table , so you fully understand the difference of the two tables .
the table for sale does not have this raise and fall system
This Barley twist Riley diner is worth around £2500 to £3000 without chairs in this fully renovated condition as it is a rare to find model ,
as you can see at £350 our clients table offers good alternative value .
the table top on
The chairs have some Barley twist design going on with the legs and the two end chairs having barley twist back and finials ,
I would say they are a matching set of chairs with the end chairs being the more decorative for the hosts of a dinner evening . typical of a set sold at many household clearance sales .
The chairs are Not high value but a nice touch to include in the package .
the chairs I would say would be the same age as the table top , 1930 /1950s .
altogether an attractive come and get me package for just £350. buyer collects from North London , close to Queens Park Tube Station ,
I will pass on any inquiries to the seller , and give your details to him .
contact Geoff or Carol at GCL billiards by email please to
Now and again I have to recycle a few full size snooker tables
Most of which go to a reclaim yard but I have now decided to sell a few now and again .
Uses are flooring patio and counter top or table work surface if sealed .
Some even use them as Garden paths .
But once cut and trimmed down , most use them as hearths for log burners or inglenook lining and hearth , the slate acts as a good heat retainer and heat storage .
Much like a storage heater giving off heat after the fire has gone out heat will come out of the slate , if you line all around the sides and back of above fire place too .
At this moment in time I have a full set ( 5 ) of Welsh slates on my driveway and they are for sale at £60 each or £250 for the lot of Five ….no offers
first come first served …. I wish to move them quick hence low price of £60 a slab ….
check what others are selling them at and most of them are soft italian slate not good old welsh slate like this set .
WELSH SLATE OFTEN SELLS FOR AROUND £150 per section some even as high as £175 if you look on ebay
buyer to load ….. I will help load but bring three with you if possible .
Easy load up , if possible you will require a piano trolley to unload
it is much easier than carrying them .
I have a trolley to load only , you cannot take the trolley with you .
some have pockets cut into them , but slate is easy to cut and even put an edge on like applying a good hard cutting bull nose router bit to the edge .
Welsh slate is a bit darker and denser to the modern Italian slate and more sought after .
most welsh slates come form very old pre 1900 to 1960s tables and are nominal 2 inch thick .
Over the years I have recycled hundreds of these slates .
5 slates will go onto a van with a 1.2 ton carrying capacity , and 1 ton back axle limit
my van carries over 1.6kg and is a Vauxhall movano MWB M-Roof
the slates weigh I ton for all 5 or 200kg each .
Phone Geoff on 07753466064 .
Here we have an ESTABLISHED snooker club for sale , now re-modified over the years to become a Cue sports club .
Newark cue club established for around 15 years now .
3 full size snooker tables 7 supreme winner green badges latest edition 7×4 , and a Chinese black ball 9 x 4.6 pool /snooker table .
A bar and kitchen area , ladies and gents toilets and two further rooms for office / meeting rooms or adding further tables too .
This club has been run by the current owner ( Jules ) for all that time , developing a good membership of around 400 .
own pool league established and well run .
Since this photo Jules has replaced around 5 of the pool tables for latest up to date supreme winner models , so dedicated is he to keep his club as the best around Newark and Nottingham and Lincolnshire borders .
No direct competition in Newark as no other cue clubs around , just the local conservative club with snooker tables but nothing that could be described as direct competition .
you would have to travel to Lincoln or Nottingham or Grantham before you see direct competition against this club .
GCL billiards have maintained the tables here for some time now and before this at another club he was involved with
Jules keeps the tables maintained to a high standard , some may say to a very high standard due to the fact that he himself plays pool to a high standard and used to be useful on a full size snooker table too .
and through experience of maintaining all cue sports tables for over 42 years ,
Club Owner players do make the best owners of a cue sports club as they go over the top in keeping their tables playing well .
the club would suit a Man and Wife team with a couple of part time staff , although you could run it with staff fully if required .
This Club could be a little gold mine for the right person’s willing to keep to the high standards that Jules and his wife have met , their son Max has honed his skills to also become a prominent pool player to England status .
At the moment Jules is having 90% of the tables re-covered , so come this winter when the club reaches it’s peak earning capacity , any new owner will not have huge bill for table maintenance
all three full size are in for new cloth as is around 6 of the pool tables , the 7th pool table is good and the Chinese 9 ball is playing very well and should be ok for at least 12 months before any re-cover is required .
GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE TAKINGS and make even more profit .
Selling due to Jules main business commitments taking more of his time up , so the club reluctantly has to go .
more photo’s here
Any inquiries direct to Jules on his mobile number 07896 525731
PLEASE NOTE *** Newark cue club is not owned by GCL billiards , but is just advertised on my site on behalf of Jules Goodyear , who has been a very good client over the years .
and I would be happy to carry on servicing any re-cover work on the new owners behalf at very good rates if keeping to jules high standards and frequency of re-covering .
Snooker and pool table work used to be a seasonal thing a few years ago
we used to experience a lull or a slack period mid summer and just after Christmas and New year
but if recent years are anything to go by and the fact that Pool is now our number one sport over Snooker in cue sports pastimes .
Then it is no surprise work coming in has no high or low spots , we are not experiencing any lull or slack period in work .
and I give full warning that we cannot take anymore work on until September and that month is starting to fill in as we speak
On the snooker side we have our regular clients and on average visit clubs every year for either a re-stretch of bed cloths or re-covers .
our private home clients we average a visit every 5 years , for service re-level , re-stretch work or major work like re-rubber and re-cover or house move and the table goes too .
We get some tough job’s too like fitting abnormal rubber size due to clients requirements to unconventional block work
We are often re-rubbering and opening or closing up pocket openings in the process of a re-rubber
but a lot of our work is now taken up with the popular sport of Pool
many club’s have extended their pool lounges , and installed more pool tables than snooker tables these days .
some have a few American 9ft 9 ball tables too
We do a high volume of pool table maintenance these days .
and when it comes to pool tables , the lower cost in cloth and labour per full size mean they have work done in large quantities , and more regular .
sometimes all the tables in the room are re-covered in one go .
some club’s have a more balanced view and ratio of pool to snooker is pretty even
This club used to have all snooker now they just have three , and 7 uk pool , and one Chinese 9 ball table .
their is always the exception when it is FREE to play in with your Holiday fee at Butlins .
But since this photo 2 have gone and two more are in the pipe line to go , as improvements to form a sports lounge is implimented
we may see some American pool tables in the future as they look to improve the different venues in Butlins .
I am informed they may have plans to turn this American 9 ball hall into a 9 table UK pool hall .
and move some of these tables over to the Sports bar / Snooker room part .
they say this at Butlins every year for the last 10 years , but the time will come that it will happen .
now and again we get one of these to renovate , not so easy to work on as it is all in miniature
some cushions come like this
we refurb to this , using larger rubber .
and the end result after a re-rubber , see we really know our stuff !
after 42 years personal experience Geoff Large of GCL billiards is one of the best fitters in the country , not that there are a lot of experienced fitters about these days .
due to none training up and retirement , the specialist fitters are more hard to find .
and it is going to get worse as in 6 years time I may even retire .
Below is a few photos of the type of work that we come across .
just some of the bad workmanship I come across in the next few photo’s
these are typical bad workmanship that I come across .
as I have said I am now taking bookings for September , I am worth waiting for , all I can say is the above bad workmanship is still being done out there ,
it is pot luck if you get a fitter with high standards and the ethics that have been passed down from fitter to fitter in my history .
so please wait for us to become available and book early for work .
Today I have been over to Beeston in Nottingham to a club that I have been working on their tables for over 38 years .
They relocated to an old building in the town when they built the new Tesco’s around 12 to 14 years ago .
both tables are Burroughs and watts steel match cushioned circa 1920s ,
Rigidus frame model where the centre legs are closer together and not equal spacing with end legs .
Both tables will be re-covered in Strachan 6811 tournament 30 oz cloth .
the last time I did them was in 2013 so they have lasted close on 5 years .
this club does not get as much use as other club’s , the relocation took them from a prime spot near the high Road to the outskirts of town .
and the car park is now very small compared to the old club , where you could park up let the Wife go shopping while you have a frame or two of snooker .
you may note all the cue cases on the wall ,Not many club’s do this now .
Members have a hook and sometimes a chain they can interlink each case and padlock it to the chain .
Many club’s do not like their walls cluttered like this , but this club still has this facility for members to store their cues on the club premises .
I was treated to a viewing of the pre fly over practice run of the 100 year celebration at RAf Cranwell last week
and today watched it on TV flying over the Mall LIVE !
all the aircraft had took off from RAF Conningsby and where to fly over the Dome tower at RAF Cranwell .
I took a few photo’s on my phone of a few planes as they flew over , the first to arrive where the Chinook’s Helicopters .
the Helicopter formation arriving from the East over RAF Cranwell Airfield approaching from the East .
and as they passed overhead , they made a right racket those twin rotor Chinook’s .
a few more Fighter planes going over in formation .
and as they approached
Awacs early warning radar .detection plane
another wave of fighter jets .
another formation going overhead
and a few more
the reason I was at RAF Cranwell was to Re-rubber and re-cover two full size snooker tables and a pool table in the Sgts and Warrent officers mess .
one of the finished tables
one had new nets and leathers fitted .
It is not every day that you get to see a 100 plane fly past of aircraft practicing for the fly past down the mall which took place today to celebrate 100 years of the RAF .
One for the Billiard fitters travel stories memoirs .
Snooker & Pool Table Recovers
Geoff Large, expert table fitter with 39 years of experience. All aspects of snooker, pool and 9 ball table recovers, repairs and maintenance.
My services include:
Recover of bed cloth and/or cushion cloth
Stretching of bed cloth
Re-rubbering of cushions
Fitting new pocket nets, leathers and rails
Refurbishment and re-polishing
Levelling of the table
Dismantling, moving, setting up, logistics and storage
Pool table hire
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