For sale offers around £250 Riley full size snooker table square leg Regis model …. NOW GONE SOLD .

NOW GONE SOLD for recycling to help cover removal costs and extra costs for recycling parts collection and delivery .

The table was in very nice condition and only required a re-cover , but no takers so choice was to go with owner and store in new home or recycle , the owner chose recycle .
cushions and pockets saved for future use on other tables also all bolts too , frame and legs into hobbyist wood crafts workshop , slate for worktops or flooring .
we do not mess around storing tables , it costs money for warehouse storage and bringing into storage so parts are distributed to various recycling specialists .
nothing goes to waste and all parts are used for other purpose 100%


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We have a client who is moving house and the Snooker  Table has to go very quickly so be quick and you could get a full size snooker table for very low money .
this table has to go before the end of November beginning of December .
all accessories that are in the room are to go with the table balls cues rests and shade and scoreboard .
The table is based in Daventry and at the moment I only have photo’s with all toys and stuff stored on it but I have attached a library photo of what the table looks like but it has green cloth on it .
It will require a re-cover so please take  this into account when buying the table .

as you can or cannot see in this instance the table is covered in all sorts of things , our client is busy parceling up all this for  a house move and clearance , looks like the snooker room is the sorting room .
I have been assured it will be accessible and ready to dismantle with a clear pathway to the van that it is being loaded into .

This is not the table but an identical one
The Riley Regis square leg in light mahogany , this one has blue cloth but our selling clients has green cloth on it , but we cannot see the condition of the cloth to comment if it is ok .
£250 buyer arranges collection .
you could arrange GCL Billiards to collect for you and we would be happy to quote you , please all inquiries to email .
the Regis is a very good table ,

as you can see the table above having been transformed with a new Strachan 6811 tournament 30 oz cloth in Royal blue .
the table for sale will also scrub up well with a new cloth and maybe a new set of nets and leathers if required .
the table at the moment does require a re-cover to bring up tot his level , GCL Billiards could quote for any work you may require .
the table is being sold privately from our selling client based in Daventry .
The table does not belong to GCL Billiards , it does not come with anew blue cloth on it but sold as seen from the photo with all the toys and stuff stored on top of it
at the moment our client cannot clear the room for a photo of the actual table to give a better view .
but the room will be cleared for the table to be collected . .


Full size snooker table Collect and Install for RAF Waddington

We where instructed to dismantle and remove an old billiard table for recycle and then transport a full size Riley Aristocrat from Stoke on Trent over to RAF Waddington for install .
this work was organised over a matter of a couple of months , as anyone who has dealings with any of our armed services would expect , these things have to be discussed by committees and get the stamp of approval .
I have worked on the old table in the RAF Waddington’s Officers Mess for many years and yes it had seen better days .
David contacted me and asked if I knew of any Riley Aristocrats that where for sale , and just by coincidence I had just put a private sale one up for sale on my web site .
John from stoke had contacted me , he had moved into a split level bungalow and inherited a snooker table with the sale and they had no use for it .

I put buyer and seller together to thrash out a price for the table , this is how I work at GCL Billiards we do not carry our own stock but prefer to sell direct from sellers house to buyers house and the buyer uses GCL Billiards we hope to move and install the table , of which we quote for before they arrange to buy .
I have been in the Billiards and snooker maintenance business for over 40 years and believe me gone are the days of large firms stocking tables and selling them , this is the way most table sales are now conducted .
Priced sensibly and taking into account the removal and deliver install costs they do sell this way far better than on Ebay where they can go months without any one buying .
We know that anyone seeing a table on our web site will more than likely choose GCL billiards to move it , it is like buying and not having to search around for transport or a qualified firm to install it .

and it means GCL Billiards do not have large stocks of hard to sell full size snooker tables taking up space in a costly rented warehouse with rates and electricity ,  all our stocks are direct from seller to buyer , no middleman fees to pay .
So what’s in it of us ?
where do we make our money ?
on the basis that most buyers use GCL billiards to collect the table and deliver and install . We charge for that experienced workmanship .
Geoff Large A qualified time served billiards fitter with over 40 years personal served  experience and a right hand man in my mate Steve who has worked with me for around 14 years now to help the move .

As you could see the table was in very good order in the basement room of our sellers split level Bungalow , but with good access from the rear Driveway at ground level to load up .
on dismantle I noticed that the table did not have any of the new adjustable brackets that support the center section of the slate and the bearers where not touching or supporting the slate bed .
so I reported this to David at RAF Waddington who sanctioned for the fitting of these brackets at an extra cost to improve the table .
And I did find when I assembled the table that it did actually have a slight dip in the center of the slate and these brackets adjusted the support upwards and rectified this problem with just a few turns of 6 bolts .

Photo of one of the brackets fitted , the adjustment bolt and a few turns lift the beam upwards to deflect any warp or sagging that may be present in the slates .
we have been modifying most table that we fit with these brackets as it does help maintain a true level and most importantly prevents table slate sagging .
A common occurrence of the many table manufactured in the 1970’s 80’s onward .
most tables these days do have the adjustable brackets on them , but this has only been in the last 10 years that we have seen this .
so when buying a table just look under the table for these brackets on the center slate supports .

as you can see the cloth was in extremely good condition , hardly played on and I was told it had had a recent re-cover from the previous owners who John bought the Bungalow from .
the polish capping’s surround  where also in very good condition hardly a scratch on them which you do get from belt buckles .
This table was sold for just £500 , A trader from Sheffield  was after it for resale , but John sold it to the RAF and was very happy that the Officers Mess  had the table , Johns relative was also in the RAF and he was more than happy to inform the other Snooker Trader buyers it was sold and held onto it for a couple of months while payment was sorted out by David , what with holidays and people being away from the base this took a few weeks , but the day finally came together this week for GCL Billiards to collect and install .

all that is required now is new lighting , we have recommended two 1200 x 600 LED light panels with hanging kits available on line for around £60 per panel .
some tables even have three of these side ways on . hung around  6 ft from the bed .

For sale set of Full size Burroughs and watts steel Snooker cushions and pocket plates complete with oak cappings frieze .

I have a set of Genuine Burroughs and watts steel cushions for sale by private seller .
they have a light oak frieze capping , and bolts , plus pocket plates and bolts .

not the actual steels for sale but a photo showing what they look like .
steels are slotted so they will fit any older 5 side bolted cushion and 6 bolted end cushioned table .
the capping frieze  could do with a re-polish to bring up to a good standard and then you could stain to suit your own table  , has a commemorative plaque on one end so has some History
also has the Burroughs and watts badge on the other end stating steel vacuum cushions complete with pocket plates this will upgrade a normal table to steel cushion match play type .
as is for £400 the set collection from Long Eaton near Derby and Nottingham

the type of cushion plate name badge on the end looks like this .
inspection welcome no offers they are worth the money and will sell at this price all day long .
Sold as Seen these do not belong to GCL billiards they are a private sale by a person who bought them and never got round to having them fitted and then sold the table they had .

Barely twist leg Riley dining / billiard DINER ….NOW SOLD

NOW SOLD NOW SOLD NOW SOLD as from 30th December 2017


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We have a client who wishes to sell their 7ft Riley Barley twist leg dining table
it has  serial number starting with A7 **** A is for Acrington and the first number 7 is the size for the table = 7ft
please study the photo’s the table is for sale at offers and can be bought with the chairs if you also wish to buy them or without .
a fantastic piece of furniture , priced sensibly as owner does know it will take some cost to relocate it . but open to offers . ?

Rare Oak Barley twist design and an original Riley made table which they made from the 1900s to 1960s .

the chairs are also up for sale and could be included if the price offered was agreeable .
the Chairs do have some matching Barley twist design to the upper back sides and front legs .
with what looks like a rattan seat and back area .
A good match to the table .
the solid oak table tops in position and in its dining low height

hard to say what condition the cloth is from photo , but you could have a re-cover if you would like the normal Green that was original to this table when first made .
also bounce of cushions would also have to be accessed .
and make sure with the seller that all the dual height lifters are with the table and work .

there is also a scoreboard that is included , and a round cue rack and cues which could also be included if the offer price was to our clients approval .
This is a rare opportunity to acquire one of these Barley twist oak tables , E J Riley made the turned leg and square legged version in their thousands then came the cabriolet legged tables also in their thousands , with pad or claw feet ,  and then these Barely twist tables .
So you are not going to find many of these for sale . I have worked on a few Barley twist legged versions and this one looks in very good order polish wise .
Contact Geoff by email for more information .
All genuine inquiries I will forward your email on to the Private  seller .
I just have to make sure the table is on the ground floor for collection .
If you wished for a quote to move the table from GCL billiards then please also email at the address below .
We are very busy on our run up to Christmas but if we are in the area of this table and can collect we will be very pleased to give you a quote .we have the proper van and tools and equipment to move the table .
the table is located close to Stanstead Airport junction ,  just off the M11 Motorway .

inquiries please Email

Pool tale re-cover from speed to napped cloth for Rugby Player

I met a very large Samoan Rugby player the other day who plays rugby for Leicester Tigers .
Now I’m a big guy at 6ft 2 inch but this Samoan Rugby player nearly crushed my hand when we met .

my work was to replace the speed cloth on his pool table to a napped cloth ,
he did not like the table being so fast and preferred playing on napped Strachan pure new wool cloth .

I had called in the previous day to bring his cushions home with me and I stripped and recovered the cushions at home in the evening ,
as I was in the same village working on a full size snooker table for a friend of his , and pulled this work in at the same time .
with cushions now re-attached to upper frame all I had to do was re-cover the slate bed .
and level once fitted back together .

The table is a DPT make

once back together I jacked the table up and adjusted the feet to level the table .

I had not seen a DPT table with these legs on before , they look very much  the Spanish Sam manufactured tables legs  .

the upper body normally comes with legs on like this one , as you can see above the legs these are the same table .
it is called a DPT ELITE .
it looks like the american metal tube style legs are a more expensive option .

Full size billiard tbale re-rubber re-cover in Nether Broughton Leicestershire

This week I have been over to Nether Broughton in Leicestershire .
My work was to strip down a very old Billiard table and re-rubber and try to make the pocket openings wider as my client was expressing concern over not being able to pocket the balls .
This being the old top plate billiard table built before 1895 , the woodwork would not allow for me to open the pockets up by simple trimming extra off the rubber curve as it entered the pocket .
this would be my normal method of opening a pocket up , as plenty of rubber on a modern table and the wood work is wider .
so the only solution was to rasp the slate falls further in on the corner pockets , this had been done before but not to a good standard .

before the cutting of the rubber and the rasping of the fall inwards .

all cushions on and measured to make sure we cut accurate the openings .

once the rubber had been shaped and undercut , the covering of the cushions begins .

Cushion now covered and ready to be refitted to the table

the table is now complete and ready for play , but my client is replacing the old metal shade with new LED lighting

the pocket opening after we had rasped the slate fall further in by 1/2 an inch !
the falls are now set at 3.3/4 inch at the fall but close to just 3 inch at the rear , a common thing with these old billiard tables .
I prefer not to do this and keep these old billiard tables as original as possible because that was the opening that was being played on in pre 1895  for billiards .
but it has not made it too daft and like buckets , these old tables are very difficult to play the modern game of snooker on , my client requested that I open the pockets up and after some discussion this was only going to be the best way to do this apart from replace the cushions with modern ones .
When  I completed this table over two days ,  he asked me to go around the corner to look at a friends pool table and pull this in at the same time if it where possible ,
I did this by taking the cushions off the pool table on the first day and taking these home and re-covering them in the evening , and bring them back the next day so I only had the bed cloth to fit to this pool table .
this is how busy I am at the moment , right up to Christmas day we are booked out .

Almost fully booked out right up to Christmas day .

We are fully booked out , I am keeping just a few days spare for local work in December  , but they are for job’s that are pending booking and put to one side for them to confirm .
so in theory we are fully booked out and unable to take anymore work in before Christmas day 2017 .

sorry to anyone who would like work done before Christmas but it has been like this all year and with Christmas coming everyone requiring work pulling in , we are even working some weekends to keep up with demand .
with snooker table’s being sold at low cost or given away free we have a few tables to pick up and deliver plus work on them .

one that was Given away free last week , arranged to pick up in November and deliver .
this job take up to three days due to miles to travel and work required on table .
you do not need many of these per month to fill the days up .

a re-rubber is a days work , and we have a few of these to do .

same with a re-cover another days work , they are not the type of job’s we like to rush , we take our time get it right and it takes a full day with traveling to complete .

With some snooker club’s requiring multiple table re-covers this is also sometimes a few days to  a full weeks work .

another club that requires multiple table re-covers in Derby before Christmas

I also have to fly out to France the week before Christmas for a three day works program of fitting just one table with a day to travel there one day to fit the table and a day to travel back from Luton airport , all these three day jobs mount up over the three months before Christmas and prevent me taking on any more work as I just cannot be in two places at the same time ,

We are a small company , as is most Billiard firms today , gone are the large billiard firms with plenty of fitters working for them as above my old firm Elston & Hopkin Billiards ltd of Nottingham ,
Who I use to work for at one time had half a dozen fitters .
and in my time working with them for 24 years from 1980 to 2004  they had over a dozen employees if you count the billiard hall staff .
there where 3 office staff , a billiard hall manager , 4 fitters , 2 full time billiard hall employees , part time billiard table cleaner and billiard hall cleaners .
Today at GCL Billiards it is just myself full time , one part time sub contractor , and part time book keeper ( My wife ) , this is how most small billiard firms work these days long gone are the large firms with many Billiard fitters  , maybe just one or two left Thurston of Liverpool and maybe BCE Riley of Bristol , and World snooker who supply new star tables .

we also have our own Pool tables out on long contract hire site’s , where we must keep the maintenance program up to date .
this one gets two re-covers a year , plus we may get the odd call out for a sticking coin mech or faulty coin operation or torn cloth .
that ‘ goes with the territory of renting table’s out you have to upkeep them to a high standard or people will go elsewhere to rent  if you let them down .
Some clients think oh it’s only a pool table you can fit us in , but I’m afraid we just cannot take anymore on , unless I get a cancellation or finish a job surprisingly quicker than normal .
We are now taking orders for 2nd week of January , we are closing for two weeks over Christmas from 22nd of December to and start back on the 8th of January .

Sam K steel pool table , re-rubber , re cover , attend to slate joints and check level .

Today we have been over to Edwalton in Nottingham
our work to day was to strip down the Sam K Steel table for re-rubber and -recover

as you can see the cloth was not in bad condition , but the rubbers where going hard and no rebound value in them at all ,
it was impossible to play the game with no rebound in the cushions .
To get at the rubbers the cushion cloth would have to come off so our client chose a full re-cover and re-rubber .
The table was purchased S/H but is one of the better conditioned ones probably private owned from new rather than one from say a bowling or working men’s club ,  apart from the rubber that should have been replaced the table was in extremely good condition .
the table was purchased for a firm in Leeds area some years ago .
When buying any second hand table always check the rebound value of the cushions .

top surround shroud off and cushions fully separated we take the cloth and rubber off the cushions .

As you can see the original rubber from new was still on the table and was deteriorating fast .

As you can see the old rubber that I am holding , and the new rubber just below hand attached and glued to the cushion alloy block .
the new rubber was supplied by the UK firm of Peradon .

to re-cover we used Strachan Super pro speed cloth a 70/30 mix of wool to man made fibers .
it is in my opinion the best speed cloth available .
Easy to form around difficult angles and pocket falls .

the finished table , new rubber , new cloth and slate joints re skimmed and sanded and check of level ready for play .

these solid steel framed American pool tables are manufactured in Spain , and are considered to be the best type to buy here in the UK .
they are over £4000 new today , but you can pick good second hand ones up from £800 on site as they are to £2000 renovated .
but if buying renovated always ask for new rubber .
the makers name plate , Sam Billiards , manufactured in Spain , but all spares available from UK stockist in Coventry .
so I do recommend these tables over any american Brunswick in the UK , which you may find hard to get hold of spares for .
I have had problems in the past getting hold of spares for the american Gold crown Brunswick , but find that a phone call to SAM in Coventry and they have the spares for Sam tables .

Please note ,  it is a two man job to even re-cover an american pool table as the heavy surround and skirting have to be taken off in one piece ,
and is too heavy and awkward for one man to do this  .
where a full size snooker table is only a one man job to re-cover .
therefore pricing to do any work on these type of tables always incur a two man day rate .