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Why Golden West Billiards is the Best!
Mon, Mar 27th, 2017

Why is Golden West Billiards the best in crafting custom matching game room pieces of furniture such as a billiard table, snooker tables, shuffleboard, game tables, and stools.

Golden West Billiards, MFG. is a family owned and operated company which started manufacturing in the late 1960's! So, you know that GWB applies their accumulated knowledge and experience to produce exquisite parallel furniture.

Your game room, basement, garage, family room, loft, or man can have a matching theme that will provide a luxurious but inviting atmosphere for your friends and family for years to come.

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Get inspired with 30 Trendy Billiard Room Design Ideas
Thu, Mar 23rd, 2017

A billiard room is a recreation room, such as in a house or recreation center, with a billiards, pool or snooker table. A one-table billiard room requires enough space around the table to accommodate the range of a stroke of the cue from all angles, while also accounting for chairs, the storage rack and any other furniture that is or will be present. Optimally, there should be at least 6 ft (1.8 m) of clearance between the table and any walls, furniture or other objects, on all sides and at all corners of the table.

Lighting is important to the design of a billiards room. Billiard rooms need overhead lighting, and a multi-bulb light fixture specifically designed for illuminating a billiard table is most often used. Such fixtures are available in both incandescent and fluorescent models, and range from crude to highly ornate. Billiard rooms with windows usually employ curtains or blinds during daytime use, to prevent excessive glare.

When designing a billiard room you have endless options. Everything depends on your desire and your home decor. Every color looks great if you use it right.

Check out some of the following examples for great ideas!

Types of Pool Table "Slate"
Mon, Mar 20th, 2017

No matter what a pool table needs a level playing surface. Slate top is universally accepted as the industry standard for high-quality pool tables and if you want your table to last and play well it's important to spend the extra money and get a 3 piece slate table. Synthetic versions of pool table slate that cost much less include:

Honeycomb: Imagine this, a plastic honeycomb-like playing surface sandwiched by layers and made out of plastic. This style, doesn't warp as much as other synthetic alternatives but the surface is also not as smooth as the other types of tops.

Permaslate: Is a layer of plastic on top of particle board. This material is considered more durable than other synthetic slate, moisture will indubitably cause warp and decay over time.

Medium Density Fiberboard: Is basically particle board. Pool tables with MDF tend to be lighter in weight but not durable. The table is so light that if a player rests against it, they have to be careful not to knock it over or make a hole in it.

You can buy a pool table made with syntactic materials for under $1,000 which seems like a good deal at first until you have to replace it a few months later. Why not put that money towards purchasing a good product that you know will last 10 times as long, is American Made and will work with you to find just what you need. Give us a call today.

American Made VS Made Overseas
Fri, Mar 17th, 2017

According to a new nationally representative survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. When Given a Choice between products Made in America v.s. products made abroad, 78% of Americans would rather buy American Made Products. Why? Well, 80% of those people cited retaining manufacturing jobs thus knowing it's very important for the American market to keep buying American products. Not only that, 60% also cited concern about the use of child workers or other cheap labors overseas. Which is also a huge problem, Child labor is forbidden by law in most countries but continues rapidly in some of the poorest parts of the world.

Few products except for cars, textiles, furs and woolens are required by law to reveal their American Heritage and must comply with federal rules designed to keep consumers from being misled. This means that many companies would rather source out products like fur because if they didn't they would be looked down upon in American society thus they send it overseas where there are fewer laws to comply with for inhumane treatments of animals and the way the furs are appropriated.

Knowing about the alarming concerns when it comes from buying goods overseas, citizens would rather buy local, American goods. Knowing that the products are higher quality since they are made by professionals in each field. The only downside to buying American is, Yes, they might be a bit more expensive but wouldn't you rather pay for it once and not have to deal with replacing it? Furthermore, buying American would mean that the products you purchase work the way they are supposed too, have a longer lifespan and you could even find a little reward in not participating in unfair treatments.

HOW TO KNOW?

Knowing takes effort, and many people can be complaisant simply because they don't know what to look for.

It's important you understand where your money is going, this will help improve the way things are run and just as important to put effort into researching what you are buying. Read labels carefully, ask questions, consult website information such as companies websites, contact your manufacturers directly, check out listings and then make an informed decision.

Golden West Billiards is proud to announce that Our products are American Made. Come, build with us, We create custom pieces.

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The Custom Red Velvet
Wed, Mar 15th, 2017

Here at Golden West Billiards, we pride ourselves in manufacturing the best. Our latest project is a custom build table to customer specifications referred to around here as the "Red Velvet".

After the design was approved We went ahead and started sourcing out all the custom materials that would be necessary.

Finding the right fabric was essential because the whole table is upholstered in this material. The fabric chosen by the client was a red tone of velour called Rubis which had to be special ordered from Europe.

If you don't know what velour think of it as a plush, knitted fabric, similar to velvet, hence the nickname "Red Velvet". The interesting thing about this material is that it changes color tone depending on the light in the room and the angle you are seeing it from! So, even though the whole table is upholstered in Rubis, it looks like different tones were used.

The interior built pockets are the most breathtaking part of the whole table. When a ball falls into the built-in pocket it's safely kept out of sight within a soft velour cave ready to be picked back up. When you stick your hand into to grab your ball your hand will be in elation.

This rare yet sexy design is very unique thus anyone who sees the table will marble at its construction. The flowing legs have an ancient architectural look, designed out of wood with a steel spine for extra support. The body is steel reinforced with metal brakes. The top is built-up of 3 pieces of Brazilian slate covered by Championship cloth Red #35.

Once complete, the Red Velvet seems like something you'd see in a Vegas penthouse. Start to finish, including design time, and back-and-forth time the process took a little less than a year. Most of the attention and time spent was focused on the planning of the table. Once we had all the pieces together the actual build time was only 3 weeks!

Shipping, of course, was a huge ordeal, since the table was going to the capital of Qatar, Doha which is a peninsular Arab country. The ocean freight would have taken around 2 months. So, in order to get the table there in a reasonable amount of time the Red Velvet had to be Freight over by airplane.

We want to express gratitude to everyone who was involved in creating this piece of art and a special thank you to our friends in Doha who made it all possible. We hope you enjoy playing on this table as much as we enjoyed building it.

(Red Velevet shown without the red championship felt )

Things to look for when buying a used pool table
Mon, Mar 6th, 2017

Buying a Used Pool Table?

If you are buying a used table it's very important to first to pay attention to the rails. Most likely your rails will be fine since they have a long shelf life of 20-25 years! Here is something to you can try to test your rails before purchasing. 

When you show up to inspect the pool table grab a ball and roll it hard toward a rail, watch it bounce, from rail to rail, you're looking for a good bounce rate 3 or 4 times. Make sure to test around your table, making sure that all your rails have good bounce. If the table does have good bounce you have to consider the price of each rubber piece, getting it felted and installed could run you more than the table itself so you really have to be discriminating.If the table does have good bounce you have to consider the price of each rubber piece, getting those pieces felted, and also installed, could run you more than the "deal" on that table be sure to use good judgment and you should be fine. Of course, when you buy a new table you don't have to worry about that for a verrry long time.

If the table does not have good bounce you'll have to consider the what it'll cost you to re-do each rubber piece, getting those pieces felted, and also installed. Be sure to use good judgment and you should be fine. Of course, when you buy a new table you don't have to worry about that for a verrry long time.

The next big thing you have to question when looking to purchase a used pool table is what is your playing area made out of. You always want to get a table with slate. Anything else would be a waste of money because your table will never be level simply unusable.You preferably want a 3 piece at least 1in thick. To learn more about slate check out this blog > Choosing A 1 or 3 Piece Slate Pool Table < or feel free to give us a call. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.

The way to test for slate is by knocking on the top, does it sounds like your knocking on a wooden door? or does it sound like a deeper, harder, knock like knocking on concrete? you should be able to tell.

Next, take a look at the construction of the table. Are the legs supported onto the frame with nice thick blocks or thin wood or brackets? Are there at least two beams supporting the bottom frame of the table.

Finally, take a look at the felt, does it look worn? will the balls catch and not roll? is there tearing? is it faded? The fading is just aesthetic, as long as the balls are rolling with not obstructions the fade can be overlooked until you're ready to replace it.

GWB often carry's used tables or can help you build a table that suits your budget, provide pool table restoration, and pool table moving services.

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Pool Table Restoration and Custom Work
Thu, Mar 2nd, 2017

Golden West Billiards masterfully crafts professional tournament ready billiard tables. Offering completely custom pieces of fine furniture and are also available for your restoration needs. A restored table means esthetic restoration, done without wood fillers or bondo but with true solid hardwood and other repairs.

Restoration Includes if necessary:
-New solid hardwood frames, fresh paint or cleaned up.
-Slate Surfaced or replaced 

-Pockets will be replaced and the corners templates for matching depth and radius.
-The diamonds will be measured to conclude exact angles.
-The cushions will be replaced or cleaned up and reattached.
-The cloth will be cleaned or replaced.
-The legs will be checked for cracks and replacements can be made.

Give us a call today with questions or concerns, we are here to help.
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GWB the One-Stop Manufacturer
Tue, Feb 28th, 2017

Golden West is the one-stop billiard manufacturer. We don't just specialize in building pool tables we can create custom game tables, shuffle boards, cue racks, and much more. You're in good hands with us, give us a call today.

The 500ft snooker trick shot!
Thu, Feb 23rd, 2017

The 500ft (152m) putt took about 11 hours to set up! Allstar Sports Bar shot the video as their late Christmas trick shot and it's since gone viral online. Check it out.

Pool Table Care
Mon, Feb 20th, 2017

Purchasing a pool table is a long-term investment that keeps on giving back. Much like purchasing a car. If you keep up on your maintenance your car will run smoothly and bring you and your family joy for years to come. Perhaps with time even be passed down to your kids or even your grandkids.

Many people talk themselves out of owning a pool table because they feel like it would take a lot of work to maintain a pool table. But, the truth is that it's not really that hard. The main things to focus on are as follows:

-Having matching chalk to felt
-Making sure no one is scratching your felt with their cue stick tip when shooting.
-Not allowing pets on you table
-Watching out for jewelry and accessories that may scratch your table.
-Making sure drinks are not placed or spilled on your table.
-Excessive heat or sunlight can damage your table
-Long-term moisture can cause warp to your table
-Maintaining your cue sticks
-Getting your balls polished every so often

The best way to take care of a lot of these issues is to purchase a pool table cover. The covers come in many different colors and are made out of leather which looks really nice when draped over your table.



Brushing your table top also helps clean-up chalk and dust bunnies which have accumulated. Just make sure not to use a vacuum since you might end pulling up your cloth and nobody wants that unless you are ready to replace it.

Just remember your pool table is a piece of fine furniture and must be treated as such, with that in mind you are all set. Please give us a call with any question and remember we also offer matching hard table tops.

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