Slate: An Inside Look at Pool Table Assembly

July 3, 2023

The trickiest component of pool table assembly is undoubtedly the slate. The slate is the large, flat piece of rock that makes up the table’s playing surface, and it is the most essential component in determining the quality of play. However, it is also one of the most challenging and cumbersome components to install.


Here, we’re focusing on slate and why calling in the professionals at Mr. Cue’s Billiards may be the easier solution!


Moving Slate

First and foremost, the slate is extremely heavy, typically weighing several hundred pounds. Thus, it can be difficult to move and maneuver, especially if you are working alone or do not have access to specialized equipment like a pool table lift. Moving the slate requires careful planning and coordination, and it is important to take all necessary safety precautions to avoid injury.



Once the slate is in place, the next challenge is to level it. Achieving a perfectly level playing surface is critical for ensuring a fair and accurate game, which requires great precision and attention to detail. Even minor imperfections in the slate’s levelness can significantly impact the quality of play, so it is crucial to take the time to get this right.


Attaching slate to the frame.

Finally, once the slate is level, it must be securely attached to the table frame. This involves carefully drilling holes into the slate and the frame, then using specialized hardware like screws, bolts, and brackets to anchor the slate firmly. Again, this requires a great deal of precision and attention to detail, as any errors in the installation process can result in the slate shifting or moving over time, which can compromise the quality of play.


Pool Table Assembly with Mr. Cue’s Billiards

Slate is undoubtedly the trickiest component of pool table assembly, and it requires a great deal of skill, patience, and attention to detail to install correctly. However, with the right tools, equipment, and expertise, achieving a perfectly level playing surface that will provide years of enjoyment and satisfaction for players of all skill levels is possible. Or, you can take the guesswork out of the equation and contact our team!


Contact Mr. Cue’s Billiards today for pricing and expert pool table assembly that brings peace of mind.