I have been working in Quorn near Loughborough for the last two days, the work was for a re-rubber in Northern UK made Rubber and re-cover in Strachan 6811 Tournament cloth plus new nets and leathers.
The table during the re-rubber process, cushions having been bolted back on prior to re-cover to check the pocket openings.
The slate bed of the table, this table was set up by an unskilled fitter, he had packed between slate and frame with a few beer mats. These were taken out and the level adjusted. Then the slate joints checked as he had sanded them down, so they had to be refilled and feathered in with car body filler. He had also rasped the slate falls into the table. This was taken on board when cutting the pocket openings to try and get them to 3.5 inch when covered. Pocket openings were slightly over 3.5 inch but once the cloth went on they where 3.5 inch exactly.
These cushions where made with the cloth cushion slip recess in the main body of the cushion, a copy of a Burroughs and Watts design. This enables the cut of the rubber to open up after the fall, unlike many standard cushions where the rubber narrows towards the rear of the opening. In other words these cushions mimmick steel block cushion pocket openings. New nets and leathers also fitted.
The finished table, the table plays much better than the last re-cover, with its new rubber and new cloth.
The slates are slightly dished and it is recommended that the owner has new centre adjustable muntins fitted to take the sag out of the centre of the slates. The owner is a good DIY er and has the skills himself to put these in. I have shown him how to do this without having to take the slates off the table. Once fitted it will be a simple screw up of the adjustable muntin to the slate and each day adjust 1/4 turn until the dip in the slate is out. It is best to do this over a period of two weeks rather than try and get it to level out in one go.