Maryland Flag Billiard ClothWe recently installed this custom cloth on a floor model Legacy Billiards Ella, this table stands out in the store and everyone loves to see it. This would go great in a Maryland themed room!
- Chris Shanklin
8' Fischer Patriarch Pool Table Delivery to Newark, DE
We recently installed this pool table that was sold directly off of our showroom floor. This table was delivered to Newark, DE.
- Chris Shanklin
Are we having a Memorial Day sale?
Retailers traditionally offer "Special Sale Pricing" during peak holidays. They do this by setting prices high enough throughout the year that they can then "lower" them from time to time, thus concentrating periods of peak sales. This forces consumers to buy what retailers want them to buy...and when.
We have a simpler philosophy. We try to maintain very competitive prices all year long, and don't compel our customers to make a purchase until they're ready. After all, we're consumers as well, and we don't appreciate "hard sell" tactics. So we don't use them on our customers. We believe that you should have time to make up your mind without any added pressure. So go ahead...shop around. If you have questions, we'll do our best to answer them. All of them. And when you're ready to make a decision, we hope you'll make it at Chesapeake Billiards. We'll do our best to see to it that you're satisfied with your purchase.
So, yes, we're having a sale. 365 days a year! Great products. Fair prices. No pressure.
Check Out Everything New We Have To Offer!!
Last week we were quite busy, each of us worked tirelessly from around 9 AM to 11 PM setting up our new Connelly Billiards models. These custom tables compliment our Legacy Billiards brand pool tables quite well as they have somewhat similar construction. We are very excited about the new additions to our showroom.
As soon as you walk in the door you will see the Cochise, our two tone table with a Black Matte/Old World finish. I personally think this table looks gorgeous with the Simonis 860 "Simonis Blue" cloth. This table is our "play" table so customers can test out new cues while also seeing how great Connelly pool tables play. Josh (one of our sales staff) and myself have already logged many hours shooting on this new table, and we love it!
In addition to the Cochise we have three other Connelly pool tables on display; the San Carlos, Sabino, and the Coronado.
The San Carlos shown in Connellys Mill Creek finish comes standard with 1" thick Brazilian slate and we have it shown with Mali Camel colored cloth. The San Carlos has always be my personal favorite, it is very simple with a slightly arched based frame and cabinet routing.
The Sabino shown in Old World finish we have displayed with Banker's Gray cloth, when choosing the color we felt that the light color of the gray would contrast well with the dark Old World Finish. This table is a very sleek table shown with a Queen Anne's leg and double arched base frame without routing.
The last model we chose to show is the Coronado, and boy is this a fantastic pool table! Here are a few specs for this model;
- 1 1/4" Thick Slate
- Abalone Diamond Sights
- ICON Cushion Rubber
- 2" Thick Cabinet
- Chris Shanklin
Does your Pool Table Have Leather Pockets, Plastic Pockets, or a Ball Return?
There are 100's of different manufacturers and 1000's of models that have been made over the years. Every pool table is different; sometimes slightly sometimes incredibly different.
When we answer your request for a quote for service we typically ask for the brand, age, and size of the pool table, most of the time, understandably, you may not know the brand of pool table that you have. My follow up question has always been; "Does your pool table have leather pockets, plastic pockets, or a ball return system?". By asking these simple questions it immediately narrows down the type of pool table that you have. Below we have images of all three styles; leather pocket, plastic pocket, and ball return. Sometime your pool table may have both, like a leather pocket and a ball return but these simple questions really help give you an accurate quote to service your pool table.
This is your typical leather drop pocket "furniture style pool table. Usually they will have four individual legs, sometimes carved, sometimes tapered. These tables 99% of the time are three piece slate.
This is a typical plastic drop pocket pool table, sometimes they can also have a ball return, some ball returns are much harder to work with than others, thus the reason we ask if it has a ball return. Plastic drop pocket pool tables were sold a lot at Montgomery Wards and Sear during the 70's and 80's.
Almost every pool table you see in a bar or pool hall will have a ball return system. While these ball return systems are incredibly useful and work great they are much harder to work on then a typical drop pocket pool table.
We like to ask as many questions as possible when quoting any and every job, sometimes we may even ask for pictures of the job itself in addition to pictures of the pool table. The more information we have before we arrive the less likely we will experience any "surprises" at the time your pool table service is scheduled.
- Chris Shanklin
How and Why Do Small White Spots Appear on Brand New Billiard Fabric
I often hear from clients that white spots are showing up soon after they had a brand new cloth stretched and fitted to their pool table. I also hear concerns about cue marks or divots on their cloth. Sometimes the divot “shaves off” the nap of the cloth and other times it is more severe and leaves a small hole in the cloth.
Fibrillation: Wool is a natural fiber that has unique characteristics, one being fibrillation, caused by the breakdown of the outer protective scales, exposing the inner fiber structure called fibrils, which reflect light, causing the white marks. This is actually an optical illusion and if you dampen the white marks they temporarily turn back to their original color. Chalk dust exaggerates these white marks so brushing and damp blotting will mitigate their appearance.
Fibrillation should not be attributed to the fault of the cloth as it will appear on both traditional billiard cloth and worsted billiard fabric. In fact, if you take one of your better woolen suits and tightly stretch it over a hard rock surface… then simply dropping a cue ball on the fabric will in fact leave a white spot due to fibrillation. Over time the wool fibers become more damaged in areas of heavy ball contact and will show white marks. This is part of the natural wear and tear process and has no significant effect on the playing performance.
Common Causes of Fibrillation:
- Striking a cue ball with a good amount of force (i.e. breaking or applying a lot of cue ball spin, also called “English”.
- Dropping a ball on the cloth or causing a ball to jump.
- Over time white tracking marks appear under the cushion and pocket openings caused by spinning balls crushing the wool fibers between the cushion and the slate.
Cue Marks and Divots: These are small spots which appear when the players cue tip literally “shaves off” the nap surface after striking the cue ball below mid center, often to achieve a back spin shot. Further still, a careless or novice player could actually rip the cloth with the cue tip when taking this type of shot. Fortunately, the small hole does not get larger over time and has minimal impact on ball roll and overall play.
These marks are most noticeable on a new cloth but gradually become less prominent as the cloth wears. Always check you cue tips as this type of damage appears more frequently if the cue tips have become damaged or are badly fitted, also if the edges of the ferrule are rough or sharp.
Care for Your Cloth: In particular, players should not…
- Spin coins, drop balls or put heavy objects on the table.
- Use cues with sharp edges or ferrules.
- Smoke or drink over the table.
- Chalk cues over the table, as dust builds up and acts as an abrasive.
- Allow novice players to strike the cue ball below center until they become proficient at properly stroking and controlling the cue stick.
Summary: Avid payers of any sport play effortlessly and aggressively, often striking the ball hard to achieve positioning as necessary. Unlike golf fairways where aggressive strikes create divots, which can be renewed by filling, seeding and watering… there is no such renewal on a billiard fabric. The fabric must simply be replaced periodically. An active billiard hall will often have their fabric changed two times per year while a home owner will allow much more time before replacing their cloth.
A billiard table is often a fine piece of furniture that complements your room décor. Some pool tables are quite elaborate in their materials, carvings, inlays and finish. The fabric color is carefully selected to complement the room setting. Unfortunately, the only way to maintain a beautiful fabric is to strike the balls softly and carefully or not use the table. However, if you are to enjoy the game of pool as it was meant to be played, your cloth will show it and require more frequent replacements. Most of all enjoy your pool table, try to ingonore some of the unsightly marks that appear and know that your billiard fabric can be replaced whenever you want