Amazingly, the rest of the woodwork was in decent condition. And by chance I happened to have some very cool antique legs for it. Lots of time and dirty work to do, but it was worth it !! This was more of a fun resurrection than a original restoration.
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The table now has a fresh espresso finish...
with new Abalone and Mother of Pearl diamond sights in the rails.
With the legs whole again they were ready to prep for finish
Three of the legs were missing significant pieces so that was an obvious place to start.
The frame is unique because it is solid oak (most are poplar with oak veneer). I cut it down so that the slate playfield would be the proper height using the (taller) new legs. New leg mounting blocks were made and installed as well.
I am finally finished with a restoration that began almost a year ago and it is ready for a new home. Let me know if you are interested ! It is a 9' Lafe Keafer pocket table that I rescued from a basement near Hatboro PA where it had languished for some time. I would estimate its age as just over 100 years, and although it appears to have had very light use ( only three cloths have ever been installed - as evidenced by the number of tack holes in the rails ) it was last set up 40+ years ago in a basement with a dirt floor ! Later it was spattered with cement when a concrete floor was installed. The legs were disintegrated and it was held up with concrete blocks !
The frame and legs ready for finishing...
Over the years I have aquired dozens of antique pool tables that have been happily returned to service in new homes. Some just receive minor service, while others may undergo very extensive restoration processes. At the moment I have ten antique pool tables waiting for attention. Please contact me for more information if you have an interest in my current inventory.