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What Makes a Quality Pool Table?
A pool table can last a lifetime...but only if you purchase a quality product from a reputable manufacture. There are so many options these days, and unfortunately, many of them can end up costing you more to service than what the table is worth. This page has some helpful information on the different components that make a quality pool table so that you can make a more educated decision when purchasing a pool table.

Remember that we are always on hand to answer your questions!
This is how the BEST pool tables are constructed.
Are Metal Brackets Better? We say NO!
A metal corner bracket on pool tables is great when the company buys the wood parts from different manufactures and then simply puts them together.

The problem with this construction technique is that the corner joint is now only as strong as the screws or bolts that attach the metal to the wood and all the weight of the slate is resting on the screws. Even if the company uses large bolts inserted into barrel nuts (a metal tube with treads on the inside for the bolt and threads on the outside that is screwed into the wood) this still has the characteristic of a screw since the only thing holding it to the wood is the threads. These screws can loosen over a very short time period and leave the pool table wobbly and near impossible to keep level.

This is the first indicator that the pool table is made overseas. Virtually all the pool tables sold through internet based, big box, and so-called warehouse billiard retailers are made this way.
Are all woods the same? Absolutely NOT!
When it comes to all wood furniture, whether you’re talking about pool tables, dining tables, barstools or entertainment centers, the type of wood used to make the product will determine the beauty of the finish and the longevity of the product.

Many manufactures of pool tables are not the most truthful when it comes to the type of lumber used. Many claim to use woods such as Solid Maple. What they may not be telling you is that they use a species of maple that grows in China and Malaysia also known as the rubber tree. Rubber wood is used on almost all import pool tables. The problem with rubber wood is that it has a tendency to warp and crack in dryer climates such as Colorado, Arizona and most of the Western United States. Rubber wood cannot be finished as smooth as North American Maple and tends to not absorb the stain as well so you can see pealing and cracking of the finish. Even if the company ships real Maple from the U.S.A. to their plant overseas, the curing process leaves the lumber with too much moisture which can also lead to cracking.

Only true American Made companies like Olhausen® use North American grown hardwoods such as Oak, Maple, Cherry, Walnut and Hickory and take the time to cure the wood to the correct moisture content of about 6-7%.
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