ANTIQUE BILLIARD TABLE RESTORATION
According to Webster, the word restore means to bring
back to a former state. At Boston Billiards we strive to do just that. Our goal
with any billiard table restoration project is to salvage as much of the original
as we possibly can.
It is very rare that you find a pool table that is
100 years old or so that is in such pristine original condition that it could
go on our showroom floor with just a cleaning. In most cases there are repairs
to be done. How these repairs are done and the materials used will have a great
impact on the value of your table.
Here is an example of a restoration
that we did recently. This was a table manufactured by the J. E. Came Company
in the 1860's.
When we bought the table it was very dark and dirty.
It was difficult to see the wonderful details on the table.
After inspecting it we determined that at some time many years ago
someone decided to liven this billiard table up a bit. They brushed several coats
of shellac over the dirt and grime, trapping it under the new finish.
In most cases we would have stripped the wood down to its natural state
and applied a time appropriate finish. The problem was that if we stripped the
table we would lose all of the hand painted details.
Our goal became to
salvage the painted details. It involved many, many painstaking days of slowly
removing each layer of shellac without damaging the paint under it. We were about
98% successful in saving the paint. We then applied two coats of varnish to protect