Another 7ft pool table re-cloth at the Bell Inn Sawley in Hainsworth Precision .

Local work for me in my home town of Long Eaton and Sawley
Bought new from GCL billiards this Supreme Winner in Black Pearl , and re-clothed every 6 months means this table is very well kept .

This time Ross went for Hainsworth Precision , the Fastest wool nap cloth you can buy .
not known for its wear qualities but Players will love its speed and accuracy , hence why it is named PRECISION .
and this table gets a re-cloth every 6 months anyway so long lasting thick slow cloth is not required at this pub who put their pool players first .

The Bell Inn Sawley , well kept and run pub and a good selection of ales .

8ft Brunswick American pool table Re-cloth in Hainsworth Cadet Blue Elite Pro .

I have been up to Derbyshire this week near Matlock to a Holiday let .
I do a few Holiday let pool and snooker tables around Derbyshire .
this table was a very nice Brunswick Metro Model in 8ft form , rare as most are sold as a 9ft .

Sleek modern design with silver trim in  a Beech effect wood .
Note the matching cue rack .

Table was stripped down cushions off and every staple taken out ,
a sign of quality work from any firm is to see they have taken every old staple out on strip down .
Slates cleaned off check slate joints and level .
Also check that all frame bolts have not come loose .

Laying the cloth on the table to show it is a branded Hainsworth Elite pro speed cloth … Made in the UK

Close up of the Brand name and MADE IN ENGLAND .
We use as much Made in the UK materials as is possible before we have to go down the far east or Euro route for spares .
It is fallacy that that other Good brand Euro made cloths are better , I have been fitting cloth for 45 years and our own made in the UK brands are market leaders .
and shows that firms that use these cloths are firms to be trusted .
This cloth is Worsted cloth , and is made up from 70% wool and 30% man made fibres for longer life span , with no nap for speed .
a hard wearing cloth and not easy to0 rip so in a situation of a holiday let you can be assured it will take some rough treatment .

Cushions stripped and re-clothed .

Cadet Blue is a very nice shade of blue , in fact this is the first time I have used this colour in Hainsworth Elite pro
my client says it is very close to Cornflower blue .
I have used Hainsworth Elite pro American speed cloth on pool tables many times
and can confirm it has excellent playing and long life qualities .
You can choose from a good selection of colours , but this Cadet blue is now my favourite colour .

as for the holiday let if you are interested  then you can book on this web site

Two full size Re-cloth plus pool table in peak district near Buxton

Last two days working at Sterndale Social club up near Buxton in the Peak district , re-cloth two full size in Strachan 6811 tournament and one pool table in Strachan 6811 pool .
and fit new leathers nets and ball rails .
the cloth on the snooker tables that I removed was low cost 777 pool cloth , not designed to go on a full size table and it lasted 20 years 😲 it was very slow , the tables are old ,
the John Stevens top plate model table is pre 1890 and the Riley one is around 1920 , they have two old life pool scoreboards that really could do with a bit of work on them , and a nice rotating period cue rack too .
Been a good two days but no phone network up there so it you been trying to contact me that is the reason I have not answered you .
The old Hazel grove super league pool table 1970s model , I replaced the old cam fixings for the cushions with bolts and half moon adaptors , nice and tight cushions now .

Re-cloth of Snooker and Pool tables at Local Club .

I have Visited one of  our local  clubs the soldiers & Sailors Club Long Eaton .
to carry out a full size snooker table re-cloth in Strachan 6811 tournament 30 oz cloth

and also to re-cloth in super fine napped  wool cloth
in Hainsworth Precision , which is probably the fastest and most accurate napped wool cloth you could buy .

many thanks to Collette and Pete who have showed faith in repeat work with GCL billiards .
As some of you may know my back has been very painful this last month or so and I had to stop lifting heavy items for a while  , I am finding it easing up now and I have free movement
as long as I wear a support belt , so I am resuming Snooker table dismantles and relocations , but only from Ground floor to Ground floor locations
no stairs or more than one or two steps that can be ramped .

6ft Ball & Claw Raise and fall Riley Billiard / Snooker dining table for sale

Ball and claw is one of those designs that looks amazing and at just £550 a Bargain for someone .
it is what we in the trade call Reasonable condition .
I had one of these myself in 5ft form some years ago sold it to my mate , then bought it back then sold it again ,
much was my liking for these type of tables .

These tables do fetch some good money when fully renovated , but today this one in this condition is only £550 a BARGAIN
just brush up the cloth fit a new set of nets and leathers and its ready to go .
Or you may want to go for a full re-cloth maybe re-rubber , and nets and leathers and antique wax the frame cushions and boards .
you have choices as to how much you wish to spend on it .

the 4 tops for the diner and they are original ones .

if the leathers are ok you may get away with just a set of medium to small sized  bag nets
cloth may be ok , or may choose to go for a re-cloth .
We have not seen this table , it is a Private sale on our web site for a selling client based near Bristol .
so we cannot inform you of the state of the cloth or the rubber or the nets and leathers , ok yes it is obvious the nets want replacing .
it is all down to personal circumstances plus finances  and what people think is an acceptable cloth condition .
I like to look at tables like these and see they could suit all sorts of budgets .
the table is well worth £550 though so the price is set at that , and buyer collects .
this table will fit into a large Estate car
the slate is 6ft long by 3ft wide cushions come off and the frame strips down .

the frame with bolt on corner plates on the inside of each corner , plus it has the 2nd part of the lifter on the side rails still attached .

the other parts to the lifters are all here , including the under screw thread part that fastens to the underside of the slate bed frame work .

the table comes with it’s original scoreboard too included in the price .

the all important serial number which informs us two things  A68161

A stands for Accrington , the town where EJ Riley where based

the first number is 6 = 6ft model .
this number will also be stamped into the underside of the top dining boards
it is not unusual to have different numbers on the cushions as these where made in the Cushion workshop , and the frame and tops made in the frame workshop .
so the cushions will still have the A6 on them but have different numbers to the frame after the 6 .
I have never seen one with fully matching numbers .
these tables where first made around  1910 circa and described as The Riley Combined billiard diners  , they where made right up to the 1950s maybe 60s .
this one I would say is around the 1930s circa just before the WAR .

1934 advert , this table was £26   10/-  , that’s  £26 50p .
a House in the London area could be bought for £395 in the mid-1930s when average earnings were about £165 per year
so £26.50p was a lot of money back then , so much that riley offered monthly payments , and that is why we see a few of these riley billiard dining tables  about .
Ball and claw was not one of the standard design legs ,

the top turned and fluted leg was the most produced along with square fluted legs
A chance to own one of these Fine tables at an affordable price .
£550 buyer collects from  Cardigan, Ceredigion SA43 3NH .

Inquiries to Geoff at GCL billiards please
THIS IS A PRIVATE SALE it is not GCL: billiards stock , you are buying direct from the Private seller .
who have asked us to advertise the table on their behalf .

Very bad back at the moment all table moves are impossible for me to do at the moment

I have just spent a couple of weeks away  on holiday Lanzarote and my back was playing up before I went .
it got worse on holiday and I spent the almost entire Holiday just sat down in the apartment in pain watching netflix films  .
only getting out the odd day here and there and then by taxi .
I pushed myself too much the 3 weeks before my holiday getting all the work pulled in before I went , and overdid the lifting part of my work .
a couple of those jobs involved very thick heavy billiard slates and one piano lift onto trolley to move to another room while I was on one table fitting .
it is impossible and would be irresponsible for me to lift any slates or pool tables or table moves for the next few weeks .

I will still try and get out there and do the re-clothing of tables .

My answer phone was full when I got back from my two week holiday , it was impossible to return answers to all calls I’m afraid  .
so please get back in touch if you want to discuss work that you require doing .
I need to rest my back up and let it sort itself out , I have been to the doctors with it , and they confirm the same .
Bad backs is a common problem for Billiard table fitters , and after 45 years of fitting heavy tables it has meant a few job’s I cannot do anymore .
we do not do stair work anymore so if a table removal or fitting involve stairs then this cannot be undertaken by GCL billiards anymore .

my Age now and constant wear and tare on joints over the years have caught up with me .
once my back is better , I can resume ground floor to ground floor relocations of billiard / snooker and pool tables .
I have some work booked in for re-clothing and the odd re-rubber to keep me occupied for the next few weeks  .
the worst thing is complete rest , you still have to keep moving , the two weeks I had on Holiday sat in a chair most of the time has done me no favors ,
but the pain was very acute and the creams you get to rub on to take back pain away did not work , and neither did the pain killers I took every two hours .
I still plan to work full time for the next three years and need to look at each job to see if it is safe to do for my back  , and then go part time after that , Billiard fitters never seem to fully retire .
I have years of experience and I am rated by many clients new and old , I am worth waiting for even if it means a couple or more weeks until I can fit you in .
I am also rated as a Hainsworth fit list approved fitter , only a few vetted fitters get to be on that list .
I am looking now to do more work closer to Home , but will take on the odd table move and overnight stop over  .

Thankyou for your understanding at this time of Back  Injury .

Geoff Large
NBSA approved Billiards fitter .
Hainsworth fit list approved Cue sports fitter .

3 weeks GCL billiards closed for Holidays and Building work ….no phones will be answered during this period .

I have now broke up for Holidays  and Home building work being carried out , I will be taking three weeks off from Saturday the 4th September
Very busy with work booked in for when we start back again end of September .
To book work in for October and November and beyond please phone after 27th September .
Sorry for any disappointment in anyone trying to contact us during this period of closure .
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Geoff Large
GCL billiards

Closed all day 16th August 2021 …Family funeral .

Sorry to say we are unavailable to contact tomorrow Monday 16th of august due to a Family funeral .
then working in south London in Croydon  for the next two days .
phone time will be very limited due to hands on work .