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  • What are shuffleboard tables made of?

    The best shuffleboard tables are made from hard maple wood, as these are less susceptible to warping over time.  Russian birch and Canadian soft maple are considered good quality materials, and the least expensive tables are made from rubber wood, poplar, or Chinese birch.  When buying a table, it’s important to ask what type of wood the table is made of.

  • Why Are Pool Tables Made Of Slate?

    The first slate table was made in 1826. A man named John Thurston became frustrated with the tendency of wooden pool tables to warp, rendering them difficult to play on. He sought out a different type of material that could be used to make pool tables, one that offered a smooth playing surface, yet was inexpensive and easy to find, and one that would not warp due to moisture or absorption. Slate was the material that met all of these criteria, and is still used in superior tables today.

    Slate is a solid rock made of many minerals including quartz, clay and mica with a fine grain. It is ideal for pool tables because it naturally splits into wide, level pieces, and can be easily ground and polished into a perfectly flat surface. While heavier and more expensive than wood, slate ensures that the play surface remans smooth and level. Wood, as well as table tops made from synthetics, can warp quite easily. Because it is so durable and known to last, many manufacturers will provide a lifetime warranty for a slate pool table.

    Slate is available in areas all over the globe, however Brazil, China, India, and Italy have become known as major slate exporters. In particular, slate from the Liguarian region of Italy is traditionally considered the highest quality material for use in pool tables, and will typically be marked ‘OIS’, meaning Original Italian Slate. Italian slate is usually softer and therefore easier to work with. While much harder, Brazilian slate is also gaining a fan base, as it is more durable, will endure years of heavy use and is virtually impossible to bend or break. Also, due to its mineral makeup, it has an extremely flat surface. With proper maintenance, a pool table with an Italian or Brazilian slate playing surface can last for generations.

    A slate for a typical pool table weighs between 400 to 600 pounds, or roughly 180 to 270 kilograms, and is three-quarters of an once to one inch, or roughly two to two-and-a-half centimeters thick. Therefore, it is not an easy or inexpensive proposition to ship one. To make transportation easier, and to reduce the risk of fracture during transit, a slate is normally separated into three pieces. Of course, when the slate is reassembled, care must be taken to ensure that all three segments match up perfectly and the table is completely flat. While one-slate tables are available for purchase, most buyers prefer a three-segment table because it’s much easier to move it, and a professional installer can make the slate nearly as perfect as a one-segment slate table.

    In a quality table, the slate is larger than the actual playing surface, extending beneath the rails of the table and therefore providing them with added resilience. The slate should also be inside a wooden frame so that the felt cloth, once stretched over the slate, can be stapled or tacked to the frame, rather than adhered to the underside of the slate directly.

  • Legacy Billiards Buyer's Guide - Legacy only uses solid hardwood for their tables

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    Hello. I'm Cris Gould with Legacy Billiards.
    I want to talk about one of the most common misconceptions about how billiard tables are described in the industry today.
    A lot of companies refer to their product as being made out of solid hardwood.
    This is not true. Many times they're described as all wood. All wood means they could be plywood, MDF, they could also be another product called SPF. All of these products are simply not solid hardwood but they are made up of hardwood components glued together that are categorized as all wood. Legacy only uses solid hardwood materials and components in all their tables across the line. When you're shopping for the right product for something with high value, make sure you look for solid hardwood.

  • Green Materials: Heveawood, White Mahagony

    To build a quality Pool table, we believe there are two important considerations to take in to account: The materials used for construction and the assembly of the product.

    Standing true to our beliefs, we use Heveawood in our construction because of its durability and stability. From the Maple family of hardwoods, Heveawood has very little tendency to warp or crack, it is eco-friendly and its' dense grain is easily controlled in the drying process which results in very little shrinkage.

    Before a Heaveawood tree is harvested for use, its sap is used to make latex. The tree can produce the sap needed for latex up to 30 years. Heaveawood is only used for construction after it completes its sap producing cycle and dies. In eco-friendly manner, the tree is harvested and repurposed to be used in construction of long lasting, durable and quality products- like our Legacy Billiard Tables.

    We're proud to be using hardwood in the construction of our Pool Tables. Even prouder that we are able to do it in an earth friendly manner.

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