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.

Away from UK for two weeks and then a week off working on our house in June .

Now taking orders for July , June is fully booked out ….with Butlins Skegness work at end of June booked in .
My Daughters at Home looking after the dog’s but , She will not be answering any emails or telephone inquiries while we are away .
if you wish to make contact with GCL Billiards then June the 18th week is when I am back but still off the third week working at Home .
No inquiries will be answered in the time we are off on our annual holidays .

We will be right on the sea front at Puerto Del Carmen Harbour .
please try and not to phone while we are away , as always my phone be will be switched off for two weeks from June 2nd to 18th and not even taken away with me .
I am switching off from work , I did this last year and it was so refreshing not to have to worry about work and trying to fit people in for table work when on holiday .
please respect my wishes to be left alone and not to have to come back to emails and answer phone full ,
best leave it until June 18th to try and make contact with me .
I have a few job’s booked in for the start of July first week 2nd to 6th is booked out in Lincolnshire , so is the 9th of july in Ashbourne , 10th and 11th is free but 13th and 19th is booked out to Beeston  ,
16th 17th 18th and 20th free , 25th and 27th 30th and 31st all free in July as we speak .
Then we are into August , as I often say to clients please try and book GCL billiards for table work  ,  6 to 8 weeks in advance at any one time .
there are not many of us Qualified and time served Billiard table fitters still left working , most have given up and retired , I am worth waiting for if you want quality work done to your cue sports tables .

Many of my clients do recommend me , Cue Ball Club in Derby is one

Stapleford cue club another

Ivanhoe club Ashby de la zouch is another


Hunters Bar at Grantham another .

and even some Private owners with just one table , I am not all about bulk club work , I like to have a good mix of club and private dwellings to work at .

and smaller pool table work too .
As I said I am worth waiting for , GCL billiards has got more busy as each year passes , we are very popular and recommendations do travel through social media ,
Especially face book , my name gets passed around when opposing league teams play at an away venue and they ask who does your table recovering ?

Please help me to take two weeks Holidays and not come back to a phone and email system full of inquiries .
As you can see we are fully booked out until July , so there is no point in asking for a day before that time period .

Regards

Geoff Large
GCL billiards

For sale 10ft size Snooker – Billiard table just £200 in need of re-cover due to faded cloth .

We have a Fire station who would like to sell their 10 foot sized billiard table for a £200 donation
The table is upstairs but I have been assured once sold they will get the table downstairs and placed under the stairs for collection ,
they may even Help you load it on your van or flat bed lorry  for you , IF they are about and not out on a duty call  , and you make another £50 contribution to the Donation ?

Not many 10fts about for sale at the moment ,  but this one requires work so a donation of £200 to the fire station ,  is all that is required to secure it .
No scoreboard with the table , just what you see in the photo .
the light can go and the rest of the accesories such as balls and rests .

I am not sure if it is a Orme and sons as this plate refers to the O.S . MARK 2 low cushions
it could just be a plate added to the table when this modification took place , I will ask for another photo of the other end cushion just in case there is a manufacturers plate at that end .
I would date the table at around 1885 to 1895 because of the top plates of the pockets .
this table will make a nice table just waxed up with it’s natural aged woodwork , a re-cover and maybe new nets and leathers
the table is in the Manchester area ,

for full details contact Geoff at GCL billiards ,  c.large@btinternet.com

****but I will be away for two weeks from June the 1st to June the 18th .
and I will be away from phones and a PC in that time period .

Fully booked out right up to first week of July

With work already in , and our two weeks Holidays in June and a weeks work on the house long overdue , we are booked out for work during the months of May and June .and that’s  FULLY BOOKED OUT !
There is no possibility of cancellations , so please look into July at the earliest for work on your cue sport tables .







Cue ball Derby Recovers and re-rubber .

This week I have been local in derby working on a few tables in the Cueball club .
Danny had stripped one set of cushions down and stained and re-varnished them prior to my visit , he had also fully dismantled the table to re-level the bad out of tilt floor .
so first job was to put slates back on the frame and re-level .
I then re-rubbered two sets of cushions and cut to B&SCC templates the openings

I then undercut and smoothed the underside angle of the rubber to accept the balls better

a nice undercut and smoothed out , leaving sharp edged cut and not sanded  rubber will cause the cloth to split
So I always smooth the rubber out by rasping and rounding off the sharp cut with sand paper
the rubber used is Hainsworths Northern Rubber made in Retford Nottinghamshire .
The best you can buy .

the table that Danny had re-polished the wood capping of the cushions
now sporting Hainsworth Match on the bed and Hainsworth smart on the cushions
I do this mixture of cloth on bed and cushions because the smart is more hard wearing and the cushions would wear out very quick if all match was used .

The bed cloths require clamping and stretching at certain points to ensure a very tight fitting and speedy playing surface .

two tables on the back of the room had all Hainsworth smart cloths on bed and cushions .
It is best to have a mixture of tables around the room and the match fitted beds are a bit more expensive to play on .
these two tables are for more  wear and tare use .
they will play a little slower at first but will soon quicken up once they get more use  and brushed and ironed regularly .

Cue club Customer thinks this table is playing great
this table used to have odd sized pocket openings on , now with the new rubber fitted and all pockets are the same size .

pocket opening on varnished cushions match table .

Pocket openings on 2nd table in

same table another pocket opening  looking into it
note the flat faced rubber in the jaw , this is now the norm on modern undercut  just the same as you see on TV .
older tables used to have the rubber undercut to a pointed triangle at the radius of the opening .

you have to be accurate to make the shot now , the angles are the modern game so you may have to adjust your game to play on modern table openings .
most old tables in working men’s clubs still sport the older sharp undercut this enables the ball to get under the overhang , and makes the pocket much easier to pocket a ball , but it also deflects the ball downwards and wears out the cloth in the form of track lines , you may see this on badly worn cloths , but you also see it on tables that have sharp undercuts , and the cloth is worn out before it is due to be re-clothed because  of this .
Danny will slowly transform all the tables at the Cue ball club to have modern pocket flat faced openings  .
It is not a new thing we have been doing the flat faced openings  since the 1990’s . but it takes time for tables to be re-rubbered , most get done every 25 years .
But there are a lot of those boom years of the 1980s , the pot black years where thousands of tables had the sharp undercut and they are still out there .

Cue ball Derby the main snooker room

Cue ball Derby pool room on a league night .
Danny was informing me he has a few alteration plans for the room this year especially the bar lounge area  , and some exciting news for next year if every thing falls into place as planned  .
the cue ball club is located in Derby at ~Mansfield Road under Roller world DE21 4AW
Turn left at Nissan Garage if coming from Pentagon island and look for roller world and through the main gates to right .
contact details 01332 360924

Wanted reasonably priced 9ft or 10ft snooker table must be in excellent condition .

We have a client who is looking for a 9ft or 10ft snooker table ASAP.
if you have one in good condition , then he would be interested , Ground floor location preferred for removal .

one like this would be a preference
a Karnehm and Hillman Buckingham

or the same 10ft Karnehm & Hillman table with square legs ?

or a 9ft Titan  or  Riley  oak or mahogany .

let me know if you have any of these types of table or one similar in good condition wood work wise , ideally with excellent cloth but we could re-cover so not a problem if cloth need s replacing , but wood work has to be in excellent order .
I have a buyer waiting for one

contact Geoff at GCL billiards .

c.large@btinternet.com

quote 9ft or 10ft wanted May 2018

 

Sam K steel 9ft pool tables for sale ( four tables available )

We have a Private selling client who is wishing to sell on 4 X Sam K steel pool tables already dismantled .
These will be priced to sell at just £350 each no discount for quantity  here they have already been discounted and priced to sell .
if you want all 4 tables it is £1400 if you want one or two only it is still £350 each table , first come first served a Bargain .
all 4 have been dismantled and will require new cloths , maybe new rubber , we have not inspected them they are in storage ready for collection .
In Ravenshead NG15 area of Nottinghamshire .
here is a photo of what they would look like once recovered and cleaned up .
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A LIBARY PHOTO OF FINISHED TABLES ONLY

THE ACTUAL TABLES FOR SALE AT £350 each ARE BELOW
and this is the current state before dismantle


top cushions surround still complete all 4 stacked on side
the finish is Brown / Black lacaluca finish .

legs and feet

slates 3 to each table .

side skirts that go between each leg and some of the under steel frame construction beams
yes these K steel tables have an under frame work as sturdy as a land rover chassis .
and are regards as the best American pool table to buy here in the UK ,
any spares can also be bought from SAM billiards based in Coventry so you are not buying discontinued tables .

more side and end frame parts with rest rack on .
if you would like  a quote for a table to be fitted or re-covered then I am happy to quote you for this service also re-rubber if you wish to bring them right up to date
these Sam k steels where over £4000 when new .
so at just £350 ready to collect they are a Bargain buy , if you are a club looking for a few of these table then £1400 for all 4 is the best you will find on price for 4 of these Sam k steel tables .
here are a few that GCL Billiards have renovated in the past

a nice Black cloth on this light wood colour table .

we also did a  re-rubber on that one too , a photo showing aged cracked rubber and new rubber side by side .




a sequence of photo’s showing install of a K steel , you can see the frame to finished table here .

one I did many years ago




and Six tables  I set up and re-covered in another local club .

Hunters Bar in Grantham have four SAM k steels  too that I still do recovering on .
as you can see the Sam k steel table is a proper tournament 9ft American pool table , all work on these table would be extra to the actual cost of £350 per table and quotes can be obtained from GCL billiards

Tables are ready for collection from NG15 area , if you require more information contact Geoff by email if possible to

c.large@btinternet.com

and I will arrange a viewing for you with the Private seller .

ERIC CLAPTON’S old 3/4 size snooker table for sale (9ft x 4ft 6 inch)

I have for sale a much cherished 3/4 sized snooker table that Eric Clapton gave his ex wife Pattie Boyd when she was setting up a new home.  The table once stood at Eric’s house and studio named Hurtwood Edge in surrey and some serious rock gods have played on this table – Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood, The Stones, The Beatles etc.  If the table could tell a story of the wild parties that are well documented in Erics and Pattie’s autobiographies!

Hurtwood Edge, Eric’s country home in surrey where he also had a studio and where the table originaly came from before Pattie sold it to me.
Pattie was also married to George Harrison and the song Layla and wonderfull tonight was penned by Eric who wooed her away from George. but they remained good friends .

The table is a 9ft by 4ft 6 inch, a true 3/4 sized table.  These tables hold their value as they are sought after due to them not being full size ,there are houses with enough room to house a 3/4 sized table where a full size table would be too large so they are much sought after and are thin on the ground unlike full size tables.

The table is a Palmer & sons circa 1900 so just over 100 years old and is mahogany with 6 turned legs.  I did not take photo of it when it was up, but will take some of the legs and end cushion name plate.  I will rerubber the table, recover it, and put new nets and leathers on.  If the new owner would like a full repolish then that is down to them, but I could get this done for an additional cost.  I would rather keep it as it is with its original polish and a few marks here and there just as it stood in Hurtwood Edge.

I have a signed provenance from Pattie Boyd that the table was from Hurtwood edge and owned by Eric.  Eric recently sold all of his Guitars in the famous Crossroads auction and many of these where priced at way over what most people could afford. Blackie the worn out stratocaster Eric played so often getting a final bid of  $959,500 in 2004 a world record for a guitar at that time.  By comparison, in 2004 Britney Spear’s used chewing gum sold for $14,000

I am a big Clapton fan.  I have experienced the 60s and the 70s and lived through that period as a young teenager and Eric inspired me to pick up a Fender stratocaster and play in a Rock & Blue’s band myself for around 10 years , I play hank Marvin instumental’s at home now, but now and again play Bad Love and some of the Who’s classic rock theme’s.

I shall regret selling the table as I always thought I would have a games combined music room , but I have decided to sell now and invest the money into Pool table stock for the rental side of the business, as we have had many enquiries for pool table hire .

 A  fantastic piece of provenance of a Rock God who is still alive and kicking and still playing the blues and long may he live , if you have a games or music room large enough and like rock and blues , here is a centre piece for that room and a good talking point of famous ownership. I am not asking for the same amount as a John Lennon rolls royce or Elvis’s Cadilac , or Britney Spear’s used gum .

If it sells then it sells if not I still get to keep it . The table could be pallatised and shipped to the USA if fans that side of the pond would like it , but at their cost of shipping and insurance.

Photo’s to follow

From 1st of May Another Factory Price Increase on Supreme tables …. OUR GCL BILLIARDS RENTAL PRICES WILL STAY THE SAME.

Heywood Supreme have just implemented a further price increase .
The reason is increased prices for raw materials such as wood, aluminium, laminate , cloth and slate to name but a few .
add the sundries of chroming of parts and shipping of some parts into the UK , plus nuts bolts and screws balls cues chalk .
and of course the ever fluctuating increase in Diesel for pick up from Manchester and  delivery .
BUT WE HAVE NOT INCREASED OUR MONTHLY RENTAL CHARGE AT GCL BILLIARDS .

We collect our tables in batches of two or three .
there is normally a 6 to 8 week waiting from order to our tables being available for collection , so we try and keep a couple in stock ready to go .

the Supreme winner is in great demand .
and to make matters a little worse for some people who only have room for a 6ft table  , the 6 foot versions are no longer £50 less money than a 7ft , they are priced the same due to exactly the same amount of work to put them together and minimal difference in materials as there is more waste from cutting out the laminate  panels for 6fts , the sundries like pocket plates alloy trims and coin mech side are the same as a 7ft .
We do not rent 6ft tables so that part does not effect us , all our winners are 7 ft versions and all coin operation mechanical straight six type ,
although we do free play for sites which demand a no coin operation , we are doing this to two tables  next Saturday for a site in Nuneaton that is increasing their rental tables from two to four !
This conversion still keeps the ball separator intact for the cue ball to return to balk end .
Remember our rental tables get two £185 re-covers a year plus balls and cues every year , half of your rental fee you get back in this service for the re-covers and accessories upkeep per year .
The actual rental side is not a lot of money and when put aside against tax it makes it not worth buying your own table , but rent a table fully maintained from GCL billiards .
We have two clubs with multi tables in one room that have worked this out .
They do not have to worry about recovers or maintenance as it is all in , and we put these visits in our yearly calendar and turn up on or around those dates to carry out the work .
Your Club or Pub league players will not get onto you about bad cloth condition , as it is taken care of on a regular basis .

our rental  tables are in Black pearl finish

they all sport the latest die cast metal chrome corners and not the early plastic type .

latest green badge

and anti bounce up full slotted Allen bolt down ball rails .

we call every 6 months to re-cover in our rental price
this covers winter and summer leagues and makes sure your table stands out from many in your league that does not have their tables recovered as often .
Players within the league want to play on your rented looked after tables rather than a shoddy one .

And the league often use our tables as finals table’s in the leagues as they know they are in good order and recently recovered .

and the cloth we use to re-cover , in our opinion and many players the best choice  , Strachan 6811 quality cloth .
we have had a few that try the Hainsworth cloths , but I can honestly say they always come back to the all wool Strachan cloth .
as the ball does not respond as good on a mixed fiber of wool, and man made product .
We are always looking to increase our rental portfolio within our local area , and some just outside it .
If you are in the market for a new table think about Renting from GCL billiards with two re-covers a year it makes sense .
GCL billiards are solely a cue sport operation , we do not get sidetracked in maintaining video game machines or fruit gambling machines ,
we are 42 years in the business of maintaining  Cue sports tables .
From Pool tables to Full size tournament match play Snooker tables 42 years of personal Experience of working on cue sports tables .