Removable Subrail Extensions, Pocket Reducers, pool table

Written by Chris Renson

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Once the rails were dry, and the template was ready, I marked the rails for the last set of cuts. I simply laid the template over the new rails, marked a good starting line, then began to measure 5/16" from that line and mark a new line using the template. I used 5/16" because I wanted 1/4" shims, and allowed 1/16" for the width of the band saw blade. I ended up with 5 cut lines for each side of the corner pocket reducers and 3 cut lines for each side of the side pockets. One the rails were marked, I went back to the band saw to make the cuts.

Note: There is an easier and more accurate way to make these cuts, if you have a compound miter saw available. The band saw I used did not have an adjustable table, so I could not build in the 12 degree vertical cut for the pocket sides. Using a miter saw, it would be easy to set the 12 degree vertical cut angle, then adjust the horizontal cut angle until it matches the template. Be aware that the blade on a miter saw is thicker than on a band saw, therefore more material may be required.

Once I had the reducers cut, I took them to my pool table, and sat them in the pockets. I marked a line on the top of the reducer indicating how deep the wooden portion of the reducer could go before hitting my leather pocket liner. Then, using a hand saw, I cut the reducers off at this line.

This completes the actual reducers. All that remains is to cover them with cloth, and attach them either temporarily or permanently to the table.

Views of a corner pocket with and without the reducers. 4.75" before, 4.00" after

Also, I was curious as to how good my original glue joint would hold up to being hit with billiard balls repeatedly. I set a piece of scrap that had a glue joint up on parallels, then hit it with a hatchet. The result? The glue joint held fine, the wood failed before the joint did.

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