Recently, the folks here at PWR had the opportunity to restore a 100-year-old pool table. This unique piece came to us from the owners of a local business that sells quality antique billiard and pool tables. Here is a picture of some of the damaged pieces of the pool table before we stared work.
The pool table was built by the Brunswick Billiard company and is called the Alexandria. Before we began work , we decided to do more research. (The following information was found on the Brunswick website and is a excerpt from a 1912 advertisement):
“The Alexandria (with six legs): Is a strikingly handsome and substantial billiard table. A table that will lend tone to any billiard room. Massive, rich, and in strictly good taste….The magnificent design marks an era in the highest class of billiard table construction and ornamentation.” The first of these tables was manufactured in 1892. Two main types of wood were used to construct the table- Circassian Walnut and Black Holly (Brunswick Billiards) .
Ok..Let’s move on to how we repaired and refinished this beauty.
- Step 1– We hand stripped every piece with ethanol. This gently removed all the dirty finished that had accumulated over the years, revealing the natural beauty of the wood.
- Step 2– After the wood was clean, we repaired the damage to the feet of the table. This involved replacing the damaged veneer with fresh cut pieces made of the same wood originally used (Black Holly and Circassian Walnut). We dyed the new pieces to match the stain on the rest of the table. We also added new inlays of Black Holly in the feet because some of the originals had fallen out over the years.
- Step 3 – Next, the rest of the damaged veneer on the peice had to be repaired. To accomplish this, we glued down the loose pieces carefully and covered up the seams. To replace missing veneer, we followed the same process described in the previous step.
- Step 4 – We then needed to fill in the small cracks that had formed in the piece after years of use. First, we filled the cracks with wood filler and let it dry. Then we sanded of the excess filler to create a smooth surface to work with.
- Step 5 – Shellac was padded on the entire peice to give us a preview of the finished product. This also allowed us to be sure that all peices matched.
- Step 6 – We took out all cracked and damaged mother- of- pearl inlays on the rails and replaced them with new pieces.
- Step 7 – The entire table was coated in shellac to seal in the color. Finally, we french polished the rails to give them a mirrored look.
- Pictures of the finished parts of the table:
The piece turned out beautifully (if we do say so ourselves :)). It was a lot of fun watching the transformation and this pool table will look great in a game room.
Brunswick Billiards. Antique Tables. 7 8 2103 <http://www.brunswickbilliards.com/our_rich_history/antique_tables/alexandria_6_leg.html>.