Hello! I'm an ex Hampshire league player. The Bay Tree pub Southampton back in the 90s. I am going to pick up a second hand 'sams'narrow table tomorrow. I have rented a transit van. I wondered if you kind folk might have some eords of wisdom about moving a table? Looking forward to spending time here and swapping tales of beize, booze and billiards. micmacmoc of mevagissey
I hope this message reaches you on time, if you are picking up your table today........
1. Best to transport it on its side in order to protect the slate. And strap it in. Not a good idea to lay it flat and let it jump around in the back of your van. Some of that thick packing foam underneath can help to protect the wood.
2. A table weighs about the same as a 20 stone man, so you will need some help in lifting it at each end of the journey. Ideally a four man lift but you may be able to get away with three - but don't lift it by the rack and take the balls out first.
Once you have your table one of our members called Q who lives in Liskeard will probably get very excited - as you will see if you visit "Cornish tables/players" under "Rest of the UK" board !
Hello micmacmoc how long have you been down in our lovely county?
I used to play Mid Sussex, Horsham, Lewes and Brighton leagues before I escaped down here 8 years ago, since then I have played very little, lack of tables/opponents (on the one table I have found) being the cause, I've been over to Jersey 3 times since then but playing one match a year is beginning to affect my standards
This could mean we now have THREE players in the Cornwall league!!! Yourself, myself and another new member adamsands (if he ever replies to my PMs and emails, he is up my way in Torpoint but I'm sure we could arrange a meet up sometime (if we all speak to each other)
Good luck with the table, shame its a 4 pin jobby but hey... it's got holes & pegs... it'll do
Apprentice Master Tart Moderator, adopted Cornishman, VERY rusty bar billiards player & Pussy lover WE WANT KIPLING
Hello! The mission was successful, no trouble over bridgwater (groan). I had loads of packing...mountains of the stuff! At the Bridgwater end one of the family happened to be a bodybuilder, he was very helpful. We returned to Mevagissey about ten and had the table set up by eleven. I couldnt believe it when the coin mechanism worked first time. British engineering (bet someone will tell me they're made in Germany now! Didnt make it to bed til around 1am, spirit levels and cues all over the place. I need some no smoking or drinking at the table signs already. I would love to host a game for the Cornish members. As a shopkeeper on a 7 day week this will have to wait til after the emmets have gone home! But the other good news is that my garage holds bar football (a decent one), darts and my pride..an all grain brewery.
You're very welcome, hope you get many years of enjoyment out of the table.
Pleased to hear it got there in one piece and that you have a good working timer (they're French by the way).
The D's do tend to curl up after a while but you can make your own quite cheaply: I use a "compass cutter" (bought for less than a fiver from a store advertising their wares on eBay) and a reel of Duck Tape and they take about a couple of minutes to do. They're not the optimum quality but good enough for home use.
If you're a convert to the 4-Pin version of the game, normal break is difficult (though not impossible). I find it less taxing on the concentration to just knock a ball down the table to a corner pocket and try and make a 50 pot out of the next shot if both don't go in.
Inventor of the Triangles version of Bar Billiards. Highest England away aggregate 2013 and 2014, 10 - 0 last 10 England singles legs, seventh reserve 2015. Jersey Qtr final 2014, 2015, 2016 - Guernsey Plate Winner 2014, Main Final 2015, 2017. First person to have won both four pin opens.
Sorry not to have been about here..I have a shop in Mevagissey, tourist trade, so its all go at the moment. A seven day week of full on mayhem. We have the table up and running. I have read the four pin threads and am gradually working on a set of rules. The table came with a set of rules which seem to have been made up by the owner. There are only five white and one red ball. The trough has no lining so I am loath to buy new balls until I can protect the drop. Whilst the beize is quite worn its OK, quite fast from what I can remember. The slate seems to run true. I happen to be in Southampton today and will get to the wonderful table at the Junction Inn, Portswood this afternoon if all goes to plan.
Sticky backed velour and cushioned pads fitted. The trough cleaned and polished. The scoreboard too. Its looking good. Even cut some new spots from gaffer tape. Really pleased with the table. Getting quotes for re felting and new cushions. Its a completely different game to 3 pin. Playing off the back cushion to sink a 50, 100 or 200 whilst pocketing also in the 30 (back, centre) seems the best way to build a break. The coin slot is the old 10p (florins), this lead me to asking about for any from friends. One of my artists (i have a gallery in Mevagissey) said she would sell me some at the going rate from her late mothers coin collection. Whilst going through a huge box of mostly dross she found a Charles 2nd coin worth over £500! Also sold me some florins, we used to have beautiful currency!
Been busy, family and all that., sorry....Just retrying my table as it’s about to go into storage, building a place where I can get to the table, needs work. But it’s just a beautiful thing! About next June i’m told before it’s in place. That’s August then. Can see it’s not running true now...but it’s late and I just love the tick of the clock. That sounded more ominous than intended!
Q! Look forward to having the table set up, would be great if you could come and have a go. It's a narrow four pin. A challenge alright....but its great fun! I would like to get it recovered,have a very unfairpocket on the right, has a ridge of worn cloth. A recover is necessary, also needs work on the runners beneath. Cornish league? At least I might finish second!