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How to Build a Wooden Pool Table Cover

Pool tables need protection.
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A pool table is designed to bring you hours of enjoyment. However, if it is not properly protected, the felt and even the slate are subject to damage. Falling objects like a knocked-over lamp pose a serious and costly risk to your table. Building a simple, wooden pool table cover provides protection from this type of damage. It is also a moderately simple project to build at home.

Measure the pool table length and width. Most pool tables are 8 feet long and 4 feet wide.

Cut a plywood sheet to the length and width you measured. Use a tape measure and ruler to mark the board and a table saw to make the cuts.

Dry fit the plywood to the table carefully to make sure it fits.

Cut 2-by-4 boards to the length and width you measured in step one. This is for the trim around the edge of the wood pool table cover. Use a table saw to cut these boards.

Attach the boards to the edges of the pool table cover using a wood adhesive like liquid nails. Perform this step away from the table, with the plywood resting on the floor or a large bench.

Attach a brass handle to the middle of each side on top of the 2-by-4 boards using 1-inch wood screws and a power driver. This is to assist you in lifting the cover off of the pool table.

Things You'll Need:

  • Tape measure
  • Plywood sheet
  • 4 wood boards, 2-by-4
  • 8 wood screws, 1-inch
  • 4 brass handles
  • Table saw
  • Power driver


  • Protective glasses and gloves are recommended for use when operating a table saw.
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