How to Build Rolling Pool Table Covers

See how to build rolling tables to fit over a standard billiard table. They will protect your billiard table and can serve as a buffet at your next party.

HCCAN307_Pool-TableAfter

HCCAN307_Pool-TableAfter

Three rolling tables are placed together to cover the billiards table.

Rolling tables are both functional and simple to create. With just a little time and effort, you can construct a set of inexpensive rolling tables that can be moved around to protect your pool table or serve as a buffet at your next party.

Materials and Tools (to build one table):

four 90-degree 3/4" elbows
two 3/4" unions
four 3/4" tees
four 3/4" x 1/2" red couplings
two 5' x 3/4" galvanized steel pipes
six 2' x 3/4" galvanized steel pipes
two 2" x 3/4" galvanized steel pipe nipples
four caster wheels
one 64" x 26" particleboard for the tabletop
six pipe straps
twelve screws
primer
paint
screwdriver
soft rubber jar opener
pipe wrench
level
paint tray
paintbrush
paint roller

Steps:

1. Screw two of the elbows onto the ends of one of the 5' x 3/4" galvanized steel pipes. The elbows should both be facing down. When tightening the pipes, it?s a good idea to twist the pipes using a rubber jar opener for a better grip and to avoid scoring the metal. If necessary, use a pipe wrench.

2. Screw two of the 2' x 3/4" galvanized steel pipes on to the other elbow openings.

3. Screw the 3/4" tees onto the bottom of the 2' x 3/4" galvanized steel pipes.

4. Repeat steps 1 - 3 to create the opposing leg.

HCCAN307_pipe-pool-tableB

HCCAN307_pipe-pool-tableB

5. Take the 2" x 3/4" galvanized steel pipe nipple and screw it into the tee to create a 90-degree angle.

6. Attach a union onto the end of the 2" x 3/4" nipple.

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HCCAN307_pipe-end-pool-Table

7. Screw one side of the 2' x 3/4" galvanized steel pipe into the other end of the union.

8. Repeat steps 5 through 7 for the opposing leg.

9. Screw one 3/4" x 1/2" red coupling, large side up, to the base of the tee on each side.

10. Screw the caster wheels onto the small end of the 3/4" x 1/2" red coupling on each side.

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HCCAN307-pipes-table-top

11. Check to make sure the table is level and tighten any pipes if necessary.

12. With the particle board top upside down, place the newly constructed legs upside- down onto the particle board so that the 5' x 3/4" galvanized steel pipes are lying on the board. Be sure the pipes sit evenly along the edge of the particleboard.

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HCCAN307-pipes-fastend-table

13. Secure one pipe strap around each edge of the 5' x 3/4" pipes and one in the center on each side. Screw the straps in to the table.

14. Flip the table over. For a more finished look, apply primer and paint to the tabletop.

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