Instructions on How to Assemble a Brunswick Gold Crown III Pool Table

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The Brunswick Gold Crown series III pool table was manufactured in 1986. It's alternatively known as the "AK" model, according to the original instructions for assembly. Putting together a pool table is a challenging task. Considering it's weight and dimensions, seek out help from a partner prior to assembling. These steps are an overview for the complex process -- but you can contact Brunswick directly to obtain the full, 12-page guide.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • 1/2-inch wrench
  • 3/8-inch wrench
  • 5/8-inch wrench
  • Drill with 3/16-inch bit
  • Contact adhesive
  • Staple gun
  • Exacto knife (or similar carpenter's knife)

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  1. 1

    Assemble the stretcher and legs. Place both parts upside-down and attach the four feet -- two on each leg. Use the provided 1/2-inch bolts to attach the stretcher to the legs. Then flip the assembled legs and stretcher right-side-up and attach two more bolts to secure the pieces on the top. Find the highest corner and use the levellers on the feet to level the table.

  2. 2

    Assemble the included the base frame (consisting of two side rails), two end rails, and three cross supports. Each component is labelled -- match the numbers on each part to put the frame together correctly. Secure the rails with 1/2-inch wide by 7-inch long bolts. Lift the base frame onto the legs and attach it through the four leg attaching brackets, using the 3/8-inch bolts. Check that the frame is completely level. Use a hand planer to remove any high spots on the wood, if necessary.

  3. 3

    Place the slate onto the base frame assembly. Don't worry if it overhangs the edge slightly -- it should. Just make sure the overhang is consistent all the way around. Drill 18 3/16-inch pilot holes in the slate, matching the angle of the countersink holes that already exist (as best you can). Insert two wood screws into the head slate and two into the foot piece. Check that the slate hasn't slid around or moved. Then, insert the 16 remaining screws.

  4. 4

    Cut six 8 inch long by 1 inch wide pieces of cloth from the bed cloth. Glue each strip to each pocket cutout with contact adhesive. Brush the slate clean. Staple one end of the cloth using a staple gun, with staples 2 inches apart. Pull the cloth to the other end and staple it in place, then go around the sides adding staples every 2 inches.

  5. 5

    Connect the rail assembly pieces upside down on a clean surface. Attach the aprons to each rail loosely with 5/8-inch bolts. Use a carpenter's square to check that the corners are even, then tighten all bolts. Carefully turn the entire assembly over and lower the foot-end (with the ball return) onto the table. Gently place the head end down. Attach the assembly to the base in each pocket. Add pocket caps by snapping them firmly into place.

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