Snooker & Pool Table Recovers

Geoff Large, expert table fitter with 37 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 Service contracts West of England 100% pure new wool first grade cloth used, no seconds.

Riley full size Aristocrat normal cushion table for sale ….£500 Bargain .

We have a client who wishes to sell their nice Riley Aristocrat full size snooker table .
Table looks in good order with vast range of accessories included .
Just £500 buy arranges for collection , GCL billiards will quote to move this table for any buyer and set it back up again on ground floor .
All inquiries to

c.large@btinternet.com

or phone 07753466064 and speak to Geoff Large at GCL billiards

GCL BILLIARDS CLOSED FROM December 21st to Monday 7th January

PLEASE NOTE ****
No emails or  telephone or answer messages will be responded to in the period break of 21st of December to Monday 7th January
We are closed for our Christmas Break ,

GCL Biliiards will be closed from Friday 21st of December to Monday 7th of January
We already have most of January booked out for work , with some other job’s pending to fill the rest of January in .
part of February is also booked out , so again we have 6 to 8 weeks waiting for pool and snooker table work .
with just the odd day free here and there for local work .

We have a sottish trip due in January to Peebles , to move a 9ft table from Sheffield .
this will involve staying in Peebels at an Hotel PUB  / B&B for the night .
other work in is 7 pool tables and 4 american pool tables in Grantham .

we also have a week of work to do at Butlins in skegness in early Feb , and also a club in Ashby del a zouch with 5 tables due work .

add to this a lot of private and pub club work on single and double tables and you can see how quick a month can be booked out with only around 22 working days per month on average .

we would like to wish all our clients and future clients a very happy and prosperous new year
and hope that Brexit is not too disruptive to our work and supplies which I am  sure it will not be .
we try and use as much UK manufactured goods in our line of work as possible .
we will try and keep our prices in order and an acceptable level for the skilled work required , but we are governed by materiel and other goods prices and fuel .
also insurance and overall running costs of this small firm .
but I think you will find we around £10 give or take with a like for like skilled Billiards fitting firm .
please note that relocating snooker tables is a costly affair , where you can pick up a full size snooker table for a couple of hundred pounds it costs on average two thirds ore than the purchase  to relocate it . *** plus expenses like fuel miles traveled B&B and 2nd day labour rates  if required .

We will continue to try and link buyers with sellers to tables but we do not buy them in to sell , we only act as an agent for a seller and we list a table for free and only charge £25 admin fee if we are successful in finding a buyer for you . £25 admin fee is only payable once table has been sold , no sale no £25 fee .

We do have some success rate in moving tables on for people via our for sale page .

just take a look at our for sale pages if you are in the market for a Billiard / Snooker table , there are some bargain tables with some realistic prices on there like this Karnehm and Hillman table in excellent order cloth wise , apart from a few knocks in the polish work where cross rest has been put back at angle knocking the wood end and cushion , and just recently added . but take a look through all the for sale listings you may find just what you are looking for

Karnehm and Hillman full size square leg snooker table for sale just £250 .


Custom Taupe cloth colour for BCE snooker table fitted .

Today I have set up a full size BCE Westbury steel cushioned table at a  clients house near Derby
my client is having his whole house modernized and extended , and some serious designs have gone into the property .
one thing they did require for the snooker table was a custom colour of Taupe from Hainsworth smart cloth .
Taupe is a kind of mushroom or faded camel colour is another way to describe it .
the cloth  looks grey in the photo’s but close up it is mushroom soup colour .

Frame being set up , just the centre adjustable slate muntin’s ( centre slate bearers )  to be fitted next and a pre level of frame before slates go on .

stripping cushions ready for re-cover . slates have been fitted , and joints filled and level .

Match play steel cushions re-covered in the new Taupe coloured Hainsworth smart  cloth .

Bed cloth being fitted

Table finished , Balls set up for play .
the light above the table  is not my cup of tea , but the clients are looking into that with a possibility of changing it for something more suitable for the table .
if they deem it not suitable .

my clients are going to have the whole frame and cushion cappings painted in another colour

Closed for 7th to 11th of December , and Christmas holidays from 21st December to 7th of January .

We will be closed for business and phone or contact for December 7th /8th /9th/10th &11th 2018 , ( 5 Days ) Small family break

And also for December 21st 2018  to January 7th 2019 ( 17 days ) our Christmas closed period .

We will not be answering any emails or telephone messages during this period , and would ask all clients to make contact before or after these dates .
and refrain from clogging our message and email system .

NOW SOLD MARCH 14th 2019

 

UPDATE NOW SOLD MARCH 14th 2019 moved to sold file .

Private selling client , table is based in Reading .

Priced at £2500 for the table

and £1800 for the renovated chairs

here we have a very nice immaculate 8ft by 4 ft Riley solid oak snooker dining table
with dual height lifters and handles .please study the photos ,

Fully renovated cloth is and only can be described as new .

the raise and fall on these 8fts have pull out handles to make lifting the top up to playing height more comfortable
and then lowering to dining height , these are only found on the 8ft versions , and not the smaller 6 or 7ft tables .
the 8ft tables always fetch a high premium as they seat more and you get a better game on an 8ft than  a smaller table .
please allow around 5ft all the way around the table for full size cue use .
an ideal room would be 18ft by 14ft  , but you could use smaller 4ft cues if you wish . which would make the room size 16ft by 12ft .

this is what makes Riley diners so dependable , a rise and fall lifter mechanism

score board included .

the table on its own with some accessories is priced at just £2500 and has been fully renovated .
Chairs are optional and priced by separate negotiation but a further price of £1800 for the set of expensive fully renovated and upholstered chairs has been mentioned .
You may wish to ask about delivery costs for this table ,GCL Billiards would be happy to quote for a bespoke billiard table service for this skilled work .

All inquiries to

c.large@btinternet.com

we will forward your inquiry to the seller .

7ft George Edwards Billiards Snooker dining table circa late 1890s early 1900s . £1500

Here we have a very nice 7 ft Mahogany George Edwards Snooker billiards dining table .
the table is based in the Rutland district   , which is around Leicester and Peterborough area of the UK .

Priced to sell at just £1500 , a dealer may want another £1000 to £1500 out of you so a good price .
*** Price does not include delivery , price is as it is on site .

as you can see it has been re-clothed recently without much use .

The dining tops on , I do not know if the dining chairs are for sale you would have to negotiate this with the seller
I will put you in touch with the seller / owner of the table .
if you require a price for relocating the table then ask Geoff or Carol

all inquiries to

c.large@btinternet.com

Fully booked out up to Christmas and now taking order bookings for January and February 2019 .

I am sorry to say this , but because we are very popular within the Snooker and pool community
we are again fully booked out on our run up to Christmas .
There may be a chance of pulling a small job in like a pool table re-cover if we are passing , but to be honest these would have to be close to Nottingham or Derby to do this .

GCL billiards has built up a good reputation within our local area and much further around the UK .
I have had to drop some types of work off our radar since March 2018 , things like abroad work which takes too much traveling time and eats into our work back here in the UK
and because I am now getting on in age upstairs or downstairs basement installs of snooker tables has been limited too .
so please mention if you have stair work involved or many steps , even some outside step staircases we have to refuse .
I am of course fully capable of all ground work installs and removals of full size snooker tables , as you only pivot the weight of the slate on level ground of and onto piano wheels trolley .
and do not actually lift it up or down .
I used to wonder why I got so many referrals for upstairs work , from other firms , now it all makes sense , I was the only one daft enough to take it all on , resulting in some serious muscle and joint wear over the 43 years I have been fitting tables .
I am willing to travel anywhere in the UK within reason and if the payment of this work is equal to the man hours away from Home and B&B or hotel charges are met,
then I am willing to take this work on

Most of my work is the Recovering and Re-rubber of all cue sports tables .

Leveling WITHIN PRODUCTION  SPEC OF SLATE !

and then sitting back and admiring my finished work .

I may even get chance to knock a few balls around with my clients .

There are not many Old school Time served Billiard table fitters left working in the UK
The large firms have disappeared and their apprenticeships have gone with them .

Try finding a good billiard table fitter who is free within a few days and I would say this would be an impossible task ,
most are like myself and busy 6 to 8 weeks booked up in advance most months .

from this dry and hard cracked rubber on a 7ft riley diner

plane new rebate shelf for larger rubber

to larger rubber fitted for better bounce and perfect angle cut

To my knowledge there are a few good fitters around Liverpool / Sheffield / Scotland / one in Bournemouth  / Bristol maybe Birmingham and that is about it .
Many tables have been scrapped over time , but there are Thousands out there requiring work on them ,
yet only a few fitters left in the UK that are capable of doing the Work to an acceptable level , so please do your home work on any of the firms you choose to make sure they are not speed fitters , who only hit and run and never take their time .
Where the Chinese looked up to the UK fitters to train them from around 1980s  , in the future it will be Chinese fitters coming over to the UK to show UK fitters how to do the job .

Billiard and pool table work is a specialist time served job , I do not plan to retire anytime in the near future , I like my work that much , I have just got back from Butlins Skegness where I had to dismantle two full size tables and scrap them , then dismantle 6 Brunswick 9ft american pool tables .
I then relocate three of these over to the Green baize snooker room , and recovered them in Butlins red cloth , store one on site and keep some spares from the two others , and then scrap / recycle what is left of two of these two pool tables .

scrapped or should I say recycled slate and solid oak woodwork .

install american Brunswick gold crown pool tables with red Strachan super pro speed cloth ,  in Green Baize club
I am sorry to say the Free to play snooker tables at Butlins is about to stop in the New year , from January 2019 all tables in the Green Baize will be around £6 per hour.
Skegness was the only Butlins left doing free snooker the other two camps in Minehead and Bognor charged for playing snooker .
Skegness is now being brought into line and I have been informed they require me every three or four months from now on to keep their tables playing well to warrant the charging of the free table time , I have been calling twice year in the past .

Hot Shots pool area is now an Entertainment Venue .
all pool tables have been removed from this area .