A couple of photos showing the correct undercut of rubber angle

Here are a couple of photos showing in photo 1 a not so good effort of finished undercut at the corner pocket.  This one more so because it is supposed to be a steel block match table.  I have seen much worse than this, but to point a few things out, the rubber at the top edge is too sharp and can cause the cloth to split if left sharp.  Yes rubber can cut through cloth quicker if not sanded slightly at the cut edge.  The undercut is convexed, it has been sanded but not at the back edge, where you can still see knife cut marks.

The second photo Below is of the correct way to undercut the corner angle, nice smooth lines no sharp rubber on the upper edge.  Undercut is concaved to allow for the round edge of the ball to slightly tuck under the lower flat face as it enters into the pocket on impact to the undercut and no knife mark cutting in the undercut at all.
This work was carried out by Geoff large a Time served billiards fitter of GCL BILLIARDS , over the years the art of cutting and shapeing the rubber has not changed much , but the angle and undercutt has been changed many times to suit the modern play and the governing bodies  , some fitters recutt the rubber to the old fashoned angles , if you want it done correctley to modern standards contact GCL BILLIARDS .

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New Client for 2013 , Snooker and Pool tables in Derby

Just got a telephone call this morning from a local well known club that has just been taken over , they where desperate to have 5 tables dismantled for alterations today , I was just enjoying my Christmas & New year holidays and had to cutt it short to come in and do this work for them .

They have 15 full size tables and they are going to have 10 Supreme  Winner pool tables to county pool standard and hoping for a match room with a further 3 or 4 full size snooker tables , located near the Centre of Derby with a large Car park , they have also given the go ahead for one full size table move set up  and Recover plus nets and leathers to start the ball rolling of the Snooker Table refurbishments , then it’s see how they go for more Regular work each month in 2013 .

I would like to thank them for choosing GCL BILLIARDS for the work going forward in 2013 , and also the the people who have recommended us to them . it just goes to show that if you do good workmanship , then the work will come in through recommendation as well as the web site and advertisements.

Re-rubber in northern rubber by Hainsworth , the best you can buy and fit

If youre Snooker table is due for a Re- rubber than do not settle for anything less than northern rubber , make sure it is northern rubber that the fitter is fitting , we often come across tables that have had lower priced canvas backed Taiwan rubber fitted which only realy lasts around 5 years , where northern rubber if kept at room tempreture will last around 20 to 25 years.,
here are a few photo’s of what it takes to get the pockets cutt at the correct angle ,

After marking around the template , the rubber is cutt with a very sharp knife to just outside the pen mark to allow for sanding exact .

once the rubber has been sanded exact , the undercutt of the rubber is done , again with the same sharp knife , notice that I have left a flat nose of rubber all the way around the angle this is the modern way to undercutt , in the 1980s and before this date , the angle was to a point in the curve and did not have the flat edge all the way into the pocket , if youre table has pointed undercutt rubber without the flat nose , then the rubber is about due to be renewed , this photo shows  the rough cutt before it is sanded smooth , you can see the knife marks in the undercutt , I often see work where the fitter has just left the undercutt like this and not smoothed it out , this is not good for a smooth entry of the ball into the pocket like the smoothed out undercutt.

This is the finished undercutt , notice that all sharp angles have been smoothed out , and those knife cutt marks also have gone , this is how a good Re-Rubber should be done , if youre fitter is time served you will have a job done as good as this , the actual undercutt is concaved to allow for the curve of the ball to get under the angle nose of the rubber and deflect into the fall of the pocket .
It has been my observation over the last 20 odd years that some companies and even one man operations are just in the Cue sports trade for as much as they can get out of it quickly , this means cutting corners , speed fitting has never been one of my like’s , and I have always insisted I have enough time especialy on intricate work like re-rubbering , if the job is not done to a high degree then you will not be satisfied with the result , At GCL BILLIARDS we may be £20 to £30 more expensive than other firms on a re- rubber or re-cover , but as they say you get what you pay for we always use top brand materials and top quality time served billiard fitter to do the work . as can be seen from the results a smooth well done finish takes a bit more extra time, 2 days on this job when some would have speed fitted it into one day  , and at the end of the day that extra time is what you are paying for .

an old stock photo of the stamp that is put on every Rubber , always ask to see this if the re-rubber is being done on site , a good fitter will not take this printed stamp off the rubber , it may be under some tape though , a good fitter will allways show the customer this stamp , there is also raised lettering on the under edge of the rubber that also informs you that the rubber is Genuine northern rubber .




all the above photo’s of the Riley table was work carried out 2 days before christmas day (includeing working christmas eve) , the customer contacted us on 22nd December  and was desperate for the work to be done as a Christmas present for her young son who is an up and coming snooker player aged 12 ,from Leicester , he plays on a couple of star tables in Leicester and wanted his Riley to have similar sized pro pocket openings of the star tables , these openings at the fall are now 3.1/2 inch they used to be 3.5/8ths, the cushions are not steel block , but he will get that valuable practice on tight pockets which should improve his skill of accuracy , the cloth was a second hand ex pro tournament number 10 cloth grade ,that the customer supplied themselves via a local professional tour player , the cushion cloth is 6811tournamant and the new rubber is Northern rubber date of manufacture in August 2012.
The only other improvement to this table now is the lighting , he would be much better off with new pro type tube lighting with the white light tubes , two 5 foot units approx 5 foot above the bed is recommended GCL BILLIARDS also supply these., I would not recommend fitting steel blocks to this table ,if the young lad improves to a much higher standard and joins the pro circuit , then he will not settle for anything less than a proper professional Star table with the steel blocks cushions and the heated slates , in the meantime this table is good enough for improveing his skills .

GCL BILLIARDS are time served fitters and can do Re-rubbering to a very high standard , please contact Geoff if you would like this work doing . or wish to enquire for an estimate.

Old 1960s / 70s Pool table , one from the past

It is not all about new tables that we work on , I had a phone call last month for a Pool table re-rubber / re- cover near Derby , and the client sent me a photo of the table , I have worked on this type of table many years ago in the 1970s , but have forgot the maker ? it could be a US billiards make ?
I have just completed the work on the table , but due to my batteries on the camera being flat could not take a photo of the finished table after renovation of rubber and new cloth , the client is going to send a photo though later this week. (and here it is) .

This table would get most pool table fitters in a flap as the top is bolted down useing side bars which are very awkward to work on and get to  . I recalled how to take the table apart and work on the cushions from past experience of this type of table , you have to be realy spot on when bolting the top back to the slate to make sure all the pockets align up with the slate falls . also this table has american angle rubber not the UK L shape like on modern tables .

If you have an old table from the past , do not be afraid to ask if we can renovate it , some parts may not be available anymore but we can prob get around this , but rubber and cloth plus pocket liners will not be a problem , and some people do like the retro look of the 1960s / 70s / and 80s tables , like the French made Rene pierre , or the Italian Rutigliani , or even the later Alca tables which where made in Oldham , Geoff has experience on all these makes of tables.

GCL BILLIARDS for a Pool table Recover in Lincoln , Derby , Nottingham , and Leicester

We are getting very popular in the 4 counties of Nottinghamshire , Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire and also parts of Yorkshire for a local firm to carry out pool and snooker maintenance , demand for GCL billiards experienced Billiard fitting is on the up in the run up to Christmas and into January , Bookings for a Re-cover or new cushion rubber on pool tables  is our most popular work even though we are fully time served billiards fitters trained for full size snooker tables, and you can be assured all our workmanship is carried out in a professional manner to NBSA standards , many of our clients giving testimonials of our work .

we are experienced in all types of tables , from very early 1970s made pool tables to the modern tables of today such as the Supreme , DPT , Omega , and Sam tables as well as the Hazel grove super leagues of past and present design .


we offer the best recover and re-rubber service , second to none and do not overcharge for this service , our fitting team have over 37 years experience in maintaining Snooker and Pool tables , we use our recommended by professional Players, Strachan pool cloth, in grades of 777 and 6811 pool or 6811 tournament , also american speed cloth , all in a variety of colours , we can also offer Artscape cloth with a custom design , a logo for example , youre local sports team , or company logo ?

so if you have a pool table that is ready to be revamped to a high standard , then please contact GCL BILLIARDS for youre table to get that professional Re-cover or  Re-rubber ,
Many cue sports clubs as well as pub landlords and Private housholds use GCL BILLIARDS to maintain their prized cue sports tables . we go beyond what normal pool table maintenance firms do , always making sure youre table is cleaned out and level and ready for play before we leave , we are not a hit and run firm we do not have a timescale or have to cover as many tables in a day as some fitters are required to do , we aim to stay in the cue sports trade maintaining tables for many years to come , and only good workmanship and good feedback will guarantee that .