Oak Pool Tables

Written by James McLean
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Oak pool tables have always been, and remain, the gold standard for the industry. For heavy use such as what most pool tables withstand, only solid hardwoods have proven good enough to last generations. No wonder oak construction remains as popular today as it did 300 years ago when this nation's first billiards tables were constructed.

If you have ever tried to move a pool table, you may have noticed that they are astonishingly heavy. The vast majority of that weight is concentrated in the precision-cut slate that composes the playing surface itself. This high-density mineral can weigh hundreds of pounds on its own, even before you start adding all the bells and whistles of a proper table.

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Many composite materials such as particle board simply aren't hardy enough to support all this weight without warping. Veneer tables are generally considered inferior to solid hardwoods for this reason, and a number of broken tables return to manufacturers each year to prove it. The truth is that solid hardwoods look better, hold their stains more effectively, resist scratching and play more evenly than anything you could get with sawdust and glue.

The good news is that solid oak tables cost a little less than they used to, thanks to the rise of boutique manufacturers in California. The best of these produce everything in their own shops, ensuring you get exceptionally high quality throughout the construction. If you want to play a more active role in the design and execution of your beloved table, it may be worth looking into some of these talented artisans.


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