Pool Table Installation: Step 4 - The Rails





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Published on May 17, 2012

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While the leveling process is happening, one installer will begin to prepare the cloth to put on the rails. This is done by making a small rip in the fabric and tearing it straight down.

The felt goes on over the rail and a long, thin piece of wood called the Feather Strip is placed over it. Our installers next mark the center of the feather strip so they can match it up perfectly later.

Once the cloth is in place and Feather Strip is on top, our installer pounds the feather stip in to secure the felt. He then removes the excess felt and continues pounding so that it is level with the surface of the rail. This is an easy process for an amateur to make a mistake during because if the wood is pounded too hard, it can accidental ally crush the finish of the rail.

Next our installers staple the felt on and stretch it to ensure that it is taught and wrinkle free.

Our installer then cuts the excess cloth again.

The stapling is done at 1/2" to 1" intervals all the way around the rails. The installer is careful to keep it taught all the way around as he works. If a wrinkle somehow occurs, he must undo the stapling to that point and redo the section to fix the wrinkle. No wrinkles are ever permitted because they can affect play.

Once more, they remove excess cloth so that it doesn't get trapped under the table which could change the trajectory of the ball.

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