Deciding which type of pool table to buy-slate vs mdf vs wood
What are pool tables made of? We call most tables “beasts” And we are about to find out why.
Everything you need to know about what pool tables are made of
I’m going to give a quick run-through of everything used to make a pool table.I’ll be quick. BUT. Every nook and cranny shall be covered.
What are various pool tables made of |The best and worst materials used
In the same way, ice cream has different flavors to meet different taste buds. Pool tables are the same.
There are different types of materials to meet different tastes. In both style and endurance. Let’s dive right into the best and worst materials used for billiards tables.
Solid rock that is made of many minerals. These include quartz, clay, and mica with a fine grain. It is taken to the quarry processing plant and cooled with water. The extraction and processing create slate as we know it. Slate has a lifetime warranty from many manufacturers. Avoiding the risk of fracture, the slate is separated into three pieces of 1 inch or 1/4 inch thickness. This makes for a strong pool table
- It is strong, solid, and durable
- Does not warp or degrade over time
- Heavy-weighs between 400 and 600 pounds
- Does not succumb to rigidity
- Used for making a flat surface on the POOL TABLE BED
- Ensures that the playing surface remains smooth and level
Level playing field Heavy
Longevity Guaranteed Expensive
No warping Not easy to move around
Can be used outdoors Requires space
This is a synthetic slate. It is made of a layer of plastic that surrounds particle board. It is known to be the most durable of synthetic slates. Its quality is far below that of real slate. Slatron does not cost much. A slatron table’s cost is also low. You wouldn’t need to sell an arm and a leg to get one of these billiard tables.
- This type of slate unlike Thor’s hammer is not heavy
- The playing surface is not guaranteed to be super flat or leveled
- Slatron does not produce a stable pool table
- On a billiard table, it would be used to make everything
- Legs and Frame
- Play surface
Lightweight so can be easily moved around Not Stable
Cost Friendly Warping over time
Not water or humidity-proof
Hardwood – MDF
Medium-density fiberboard is an engineered product. It is made by breaking down hard and softwood residuals into wooden fibers. The fibers are then combined with wax and a resin binder and glued. This hardwood material is much cheaper and lighter than slate pool tables.
- It is not waterproof
- Has limited exposure to humidity.
- Safer in a temperature-controlled room
- The best way to separate between Medium-density fiberboard and slate is the price tag
- This pool table has a flat playing surface
- Billiard tables use this material for the frame
- Legs and Playfield
If properly built it could pass as a slate pool table Not waterproof
The weight of this table is not as heavy as slate Warping
The price tag will not give you a heart attack. LOL. Not Sturdy
This is a hard, stiff, and shock-resistant wood. This makes it ideal for the construction of billiard tables. As hardwood, oak has a high level of water resistance as it is dense.
- This hardwood is used to make outdoor furniture because it is waterproof
- It is shock-resistant
- The second most popular Oakwood to make furniture from
Sturdy as a rock Not easily movable. (Heavy)
Any space indoors or outdoors Known to be expensive
Maple is one of the most used hardwoods. This is because of its heavyweight, density, and durability. Maple has a pale color with a fine grain pattern. It is known to accept stain well when finished. Wood stains are coatings that protect the surface of wooden pieces. It gives a modern look as well.
- it expands and contracts due to moisture in the air
- Warps in moist areas
- Maple wood is a good choice for indoor furniture
- It can be treated to weatherproof it
Maple wood has a great appearance Sensitive to extreme humidity
Easy to clean and maintain Prone to Warping & splitting
Hard and extremely durable Fades over time
An affordable purchase Scratches very easily
The pool table cloth is called felt. It is a textile material. The process of matting, condensing, and pressing fibers is used. Felt has many brands but comes in 2 types; Worsted and Napped.
Napped cloth is the standard felt. It is included with most tables purchased at any company.
The worsted pool table cloth is of higher quality. It has good play ability and is durable. Worsted cloth is made of tightly woven wool called Baize. Which is also known as woven felt or bocking flannel.
- Baize is thin
- More Durable than napped felt
- Heat retention abilities -high
- Fabric breathability – medium
- Moisture-absorbing abilities- high
- Low stretchability
- Pool table covers
- Gaming tables
- Writing desk covers
Waterproof The napped felt wears and tears easily
Comes in a variety of colors Expensive
Has options for both affordable and pricier qualities
Baize is more durable
Vulcanized rubber cushions
Vulcanization is like hardened rubber. How? By combining it with sulfur or other substances. This is done using heat and pressure. Vulcanization gives the rubber its strength, resistance, and elasticity. The finished rubber is flexible and resistant to swelling and scratching.
- Gives good bounce to the pool balls
- Improves playability by giving a fast rebound to the balls
- Give momentum when the balls hit the pool table walls
Last for over 5 years Tends to melt if left in both heat and cold
Resistance to hard balls Replacement should be done by professionals
Aluminum VS Stainless steel frame
Just like teal and blue. Aluminum and Stainless Steel might look similar, but they are quite different.
Strength to weight ratio- Steel is stronger than aluminum. BUT aluminum weighs more than steel.
- Stainless steel does not rust
- Aluminum is a good heat conductor
- Aluminum is softer and easier to cut and mold than stainless steel
- Stainless can be used at much higher temperatures than Aluminum
- Stainless steel is a poor conductor of current compared to aluminum
- Used on Frames and legs of mostly outdoor pool tables
- Pool table rails
Weatherproof Heavy Pool table
Indoors and outdoor space use
Thick and solid
Adds a more modern style
Leather is durable and flexible. Created by tanning animal rawhide and skins. These materials are used to make a pool table pocket in any style.
Although there are different sized pockets depending upon the pool table size, they are all universal.
Pool table pockets
No dust mites and other insects Sensitive to extreme heat
Easy to clean Limited color options
I’m sure we can safely say that I just did you a solid with this article. Any burning questions on what pool tables are made of have been answered fully. Now you can shock everyone by confidently throwing around billiards lingo without breaking a sweat.