My Pool TableIf you want to see a picture of my pool table as it is shown on Costco's site please check out our Pool Tables section.
Here are some pictures of my pool table that I took myself:
End Problems and Scratches
Side Pocket Scratches
Full Length View
My pool table arrived on Wednesday, January 25th at about 2:30pm in the afternoon. The delivery company had called me on Tusday saying it would arrive between 12pm and 4pm so I was expecting it. What was unexpected was the timing of everything leading up to the delivery. It hadn't even been a week since I ordered the pool table on Costco's website. The site said that the table ships in about 3 weeks so I didn't think it would be coming for awhile. When thy called on Tuesday I phoned my brother-in-law and he said he could help me set it up.
The timing was perfect, the pool table came at 2:30pm and then my brother-in arrived at 2:35pm. It came with a lot of allen wrench screws and my drill set didn't have an allen wrench size bit so we went to Osh and bought one. Setting up the table was easy. All we really had to do was get everything out of the boxes and attach the braces/skirt and legs.
Coming from China, the table arrived with scratches, maybe the ship hit some rough waters. Once we got the table setup we rolled some balls on it and noticed that the balls tended to roll towards the southwest corner of the table. This kind of makes sense, I think our drainage is setup to guide water towards the southwest corner of our house. The pool table came with pads to put under the legs on uneven surfaces. The instructions said the pads should not be necessary on hard surfaces but in my garage we had to use one. We started with the smallest size pad, I think it is a 30. This didn't quite do it so we tried the 29 pad. Again it didn't quite work so we went with the 28 which seemed to work nicely.
Now that the table is paid for and setup I can learn from my mistakes and hopefully help some folks out there.
The first mistake I made was not getting a full sized table. Yes, they say you need a lot of room and the 7 foot tables are less expensive but it would be nice to have a regular sized 8 foot table. There is plenty of room for an 8 foot table in our garage so space would not have been an issue. Standard My Pool Table are 8 feet long. Many homes do not have space for the 8 foot tables so some folks prefer to get the smaller 7 foot tables.
Another mistake I made was not spending enough. There are some great pool companies right here in the US so there was no need for me to have something shipped in from China. Shipping pool tables is not exactly like shipping poker chips or other products that are more durable. A pool table is delicate and folks should keep that in mind.
Even though my pool table isn't perfect it is still a nice addition. It is not setup and I can practice trick shots every day. I would recommend getting a table for anyone who wants to improve his or her pool game. Having a table nearby is much more convenient than driving to a pool hall for practice. Also, some of the trick shots that require props are difficult to practice in pool halls.