Removable Subrail Extensions, Pocket Reducers, pool table

Written by Chris Renson

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Materials Required:

  1. (1) 3/4" x 2 1/2" x 48" Hardwood board
  2. (1) Rail rubber (14" minimum)

Tools Required:

  1. Wood Glue
  2. Contact Cement (3M77)
  3. 90 degree miter box and saw or Compound Miter Saw
  4. Bandsaw or Table Saw or Compound Miter Saw (best/easiest way)

In order to determine the cut angle of my subrail, I needed to know the thickness of my table rails and the profile of my cushions. Olhausen's AccuFast cushions are K66 profile, and I measured the rails on my table to be 1 1/2" thick.

To make a 1-1/2" rail, I bought a 48" long piece of 3/4" x 2 1/2" red oak from the hardwood section of my local Lowes. The board cost me $3. I've used red oak before, and while it is a pain in the neck to cut, it holds up well to abuse. I cut the 48" board in half, and wood glued the 24" boards together to make one 24" x 1 1/2 " thick plank. I clamped the entire length of the board, and used 2 nails on each end (about 1/2" from the ends) to make sure I got a solid joint. It doesn't matter if any of the edges line up perfectly or not, the various cuts will take care of any bad edges.

I gave the glue a week to dry, then cut the board into 5" lengths. This step is not necessary if your rail rubber is in one piece. The rubber I was working with was donated for the project, and was in 3" and 4" pieces.

Using the information I found on the internet, I determined that to give the correct cushion nose height, I needed a 27 degree cut on the subrail.

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