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Start by removing the pockets of the pool table. Then undo all the bolts that hold the top of the table into place. Lift off the picture frame top and lay it upside down on the ground or work space.
Now strip all of the staples that hold the felt to the table. Remove the old felt.
Underneath the felt is the slate surface (Image 1). The slate consists of 3 pieces that each weigh about 250 pounds. Seal the seams of the slate by melting beeswax into the crevices with a torch (Image 2). Once the wax dries, scrape off the excess wax, making the surface smooth (Image 3).
Staple the new felt into place (Image 1). Make sure to pull the felt tight on the sides (Image 2). Cut holes in the fabric where the new pockets will go. Recover the frame bumpers by installing a wood feather strip to hold the felt onto the rail. Then staple the felt in place under the frame using a staple gun, pulling the felt tight as you go (Image 3).
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