Guild® Billiards all have over size body construction. The wider, longer body makes for a wider, longer leg stance and provides a larger surface area for the slate to sit on. The wider the leg stance, the more stable the table. Other tables have narrower bodies and leg stance, which is less stable. They also require flimsy extensions (usually plywood) in order to attach the slate. Oversized, thicker bodies give you far more furniture for your money.
Check Out Our Legs
You will see thicker, heavier and more robust legs that are capable of supporting the added weight of our thicker, larger tables. At Guild® we build, we do not outsource. Every Guild® leg is HANDCRAFTED in our own factory, creating a unique piece of furniture out of every table.
FIRM™ Bracketing System
Fixed Insert Routered Mounting means that we have routered the cabinet so that all brackets that hold the body together are inset into the wood (similar to door hinges.) This way the brackets are being held in place by the wood itself and not relying just on hardware. Movement caused by the loosening of hardware is now greatly minimized as the bracket cannot shift. When brackets are simply screwed to a flat surface they can move and shift quite easily. Minimizing movement increases the life of your table.
Bolted Body Construction + Triple Leg Bolts
Guild® bodies and legs are now improved to be 100% bolted together. NO MORE WOOD SCREWS. Bolts are MANY times stronger than wood screws and because of this, Guild® tables can be assembled and disassembled without any deterioration of the wood. Improved stability is added by the triple leg bolting system. Most movement in many tables is between the body and legs where there is normally only one bolt. Guild® now uses three leg bolts and has virtually eliminated movement between the legs and the body.
Minimize the movement. Maximize the Life!
All Guild® Billiards have either 40mm (1.6″) or 50mm (2″) thick body construction as a standard. THICKER IS BETTER. Many other tables have only 19mm (3/4″) to 32mm (1 1/4″) construction. Thicker cabinets minimize overall movement. Movement causes long-term problems: screws loosen causing hardware to shift and the table to become unleveled making play unreliable and leading to deterioration of the wood itself. All Guild® tables are made from kiln dried North American solid hardwoods. NO plywood, NO chipboard, NO veneers, NO laminates, ONLY thick solid hardwood! Non hardwood tables move more easily than solid hardwood ones; as a result ,over time, deterioration happens even more rapidly. At Guild® we build furniture-quality tables that last, using old world construction techniques that have proven they can stand the test of time. Quality assurance for your family and the generations to come.
Guild® tables contain a 50mm x 150mm (2″ x 6″) center slate beam that runs the length of the table. This is a a solid beam that is notched with two cross beam to provide extra support for the slate as well as to keep the cabinet square. Many tables do not have center beams and those that do often use 50mm x 100mm (2″ x 4″) soft wood or plywood. In many cases the center slate and cross slate beams are not solid, but are instead cut and rejoined using hardware. This again allows movement at the joint, is not nearly as strong, and greatly decreases the effectiveness of the support beams.
Hardware Beyond Compare
We want to make the most solid table in the industry, so we have oversized all of our hardware and bracketing.
- To hold our body and legs together tighter than any other table, we use a single 3.6mm (1/8″) powder coated steel corner bracket. This 3-dimensional design is much stronger because it limits the movement compared to the multiple brackets on other tables.
- Dome-tooth washers are standard on all bolted connections. This cup-shaped washer provides strong gripping power and compression. Commonly used flat washers simply bend when tightened and have no capacity to hold pieces tight. Dome tooth washers have approximatley two full thread turns of reverse pressure in which to hold things tight.
- All leg and rail bolts are 12mm (1/2″). Industry average is 9.5mm (3/8″). A 9.5mm bolt can tighten to 41 n.m (30ft/lb) of torque. A 12mm bolt can be tightened to 102 n.m (75ft/lb.) That is two and a half times tighter!