Introduction: Knex Pool Table Instructions

Picture of Knex Pool Table Instructions

     Hi, this is a collaboration between me (knextremist) and KneXtreme on instructions for his amazing pool table. I built his table from the pictures that he posted and upon asking him if I could post instructions, he suggested a collaboration, so, that is what we are doing. I built his table, then proceeded to modify certain things and strengthen inner supports. There are, in this instructable, certain pieces that are optional. I do show instructions for these said pieces. Many of my modifications were made due to the fact that I needed to accommodate the use of the thicker red tubing. KneXtreme used the thinner orange tubing, Instructions will be shown for the use of both.

     Alright so, the stats given by KneXtreme can be modified slightly. I used thicker dowels for pool cues to make them stronger (1/2"). Due to this, my cue holder is modified as well. I also used a slightly thicker board with larger dimensions which will be specified in image notes throughout the instructable. Also, the width and length of the board can differ slightly without causing any catastrophe.

Note: The cover photo was made by KneXtreme.
           The instructions, except for step 24 which was made by KneXtreme, were made by knetremist.
           The original table was constructed by KneXtreme
           The instructions show how to build knextremist's, ever-so-slightly, different table.

Enough with this, let's get started with your materials! Onward and forward.

P.S. Follow all of the numbered picture notes at each step and any image notes.

***KneXtreme and I would GREATLY appreciate it if you would vote for this 'ible in the Toy Rods and Connectors Contest.***
***Every vote counts and even one would mean the world to us!***

Here's the link to KneXtreme's original pool table: https://www.instructables.com/id/Knex-Pool-Table/

Thanks and without further ado, the Knex Pool Table.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials

Here are the materials required to build this pool table.

-A bunch of K'nex. (Sorry, no parts list,  I'm too lazy) (One optional broken piece.)
-A board no smaller than 3 foot by 6 foot, I purchased a 5 foot by 8 foot luann board, which will be cut down to size. Recommended thickness: 1/8 inch- 5 mm. Note that that is a very small margin of difference. If you decide to use a thicker board then you will have to find a different way to secure your board to the table.
-A saw of some kind. Recommended: table saw, jig saw, or circular saw. (To cut the board.) A razor knife could be used instead, I suppose.
-Hot glue (Optional)
-Sugru (Optional)
-Duct tape
-Paint
-Masking tape
-Permanent marker
-A dime
-I purchased 2 yards length of felt. It was more than enough to stretch over the board.
-Two, 1 yard long wooden dowels to use as cues. If you have normal pool cues then don't build the holder. Any thickness. Though, instructions will be shown for 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch thicknesses.
-1 nice, undamaged golf ball.
-Some clear tape. -----------------------------------------\
                                                                                         } These 2 items are used for holding pieces of K'nex tubing together. (Optional)
-Some track splices, or small mini K'nex rods. ---/  These are only for if you need to connect two pieces of tubing.
-Some patience. (Lots of patience)

We will be starting with the base of the table.

The materials required for each individual step are listed at the beginning of the step.


Step 2: Base

Picture of Base

You will be making the base for the table.

Materials: Knex.

1. What you will be making.
2. Build 2 of these.
3. Build 4 of these.
4. Attach like so and set aside.
5. Build two of these and set aside.
6. Build this.
7. Build this.
8. Gather these rods.
9. Attach them like so.
10. Attach the two sub-assemblies.
11. Close up of one of the connections.
12. Gather these white rods.
13. Attach them like so.
14. Build this.
15. Another view.
16. Attach to the main assembly.
17. Another view.
18. Another view.
19. Gather/make these.
20. Slide the pieces together.
21. Attach like so.
22. Another view.
***Now, make 4 of these by repeating steps 6 through 23.***
23. Gather these pieces from before.
24. Attach
25. Attach
26. Gather these.
27. Attach
28. Final product.

So far so good. Next step!!!

Step 3: Leg #1

Picture of Leg #1

These are the legs of the table and the supports, obviously. This leg has the easiest instructions. The other legs' instructions are a bit more primitive. However, the instructions are still detailed. Have at it.

Materials: Knex.

1. What you will be making.
2. Make
3. Another view.
4. Make
5. Another view.
6. How they attach.
7. Attach
8. Add red rods to each connector as shown.
9. Make 8 of these.
10. Attach 4 of the 8 sub-assemblies here.
11. Another view.
12. The other 4 go here.
13. Another view.
14. Make
15. Attach here.
16. Another view.
17. Make
18. Close up.
19. Close up.
20.Back view.
21. Attach like so.
22.Another view.
23.Make
24. Another view.
25. Attach here.
26. Done
27. Locate the back right-hand corner.
28. Attach to the base.

To the next leg you shall go.

Step 4: Leg #2

Picture of Leg #2

The second leg. The instructions for this leg are not as detailed due to the similarity to the first leg.

Materials: Knex.

1. What you will make.
2. Make
3. Close up.
4. Make
5. Another view.
6. Collect these rods.
7. Attach to the second piece.
8. Another view.
9. Make/gather.
10. Add 4 here.
11. Add the rest here.
12. The two parts.
13. Attach them.
14. Another view.
15. Locate front right-hand corner.
16. Attach like so.
17. Attach the two legs here as well.
18. How it should look.

Now we are going to build leg three. ughhh...

Step 5: Leg #3

Picture of Leg #3

And this is the 3rd leg.

Materials: Knex.

1. What you will be making.
2. Make
3. Close up. Note the three dimensional connectors.
4. Gather
5. Make
6. Make
7. Add the red rods to the second part.
8. Add four pieces here.
9. The rest here.
10. Locate the back left corner.
11. Attach like so.

Thank God you are on the last leg. You know, you really get sick of this after awhile...

Step 6: Leg # 4

Picture of Leg # 4

The last leg!!!

Materials: Knex.

1. What you will be making.
2. Make
3. Close up.
4. Another view.
5. Make
6. Notice the 3 dimensional pieces.
7. Make
8. Attach them here.
9. Another view.
10. Attach the two panels.
11. Locate the last corner.
12. Attach like so.
13. Also attach here.

O.k. so take a break. I recommend it after that.

Step 7: The Triangle

Picture of The Triangle

Here is the triangle which holds all of the pool balls very well.

Materials: Knex.

1. What you will be making.
2. Make 6 of these.
3. Make 3 of these.
4. Attach like so.
5. Make the other 2.
6. Gather these 9 hinge assemblies.
7. Attach three hinges like so to the right side of one of the orange parts.
8. Attach the left side of another orange part.
9. Add three hinges to the right side of the same orange piece attached in step 8.
10. Add the third orange piece.
11. Attach the last three hinges to the right side of the last orange piece.
12. Now you should have this.
13. Bend the assembly like so.
14. Close the triangle up and your done.
15. Go to this attachment on the first leg.
16. Slide the triangle on like so.
17. Close up.

I don't really know what's next. I think it's the pool cue holders.

Step 8: Pool Cue Holders

Picture of Pool Cue Holders

The reason that this step is plural is because there are two holders I will be showing.

Materials: Knex.

*1/2 Inch Dowel*

1. What you will be making.
2. Build
3. Close up.
4. Build
5. Close up.
6. Build
7. Close up.
8. Build
9. Close up.
10. Build
11. Close up
12. Build
13. Close up.
14. Build
15. Close up.
16. Build
17. Build
18. Use these three parts.
19. Attach like so.
20 . Close up.
21. Apply pressure to the top of the orange assembly to pop it into place.
22. Attach
23. Close up.
24. Use these two parts.
25. Attach
26. Next part.
27. Attach
28. Next part.
29. Attach
30. Next part.
31. Attach
32. Next part
33. Attach
34. Next part.
35. Attach
36. Other view.
37. Attach here.
38. Close up.
39. Close up.
40. Close up.
41. Add the sticks.
42. Where the sticks should stop.

3/8 Inch Dowel

1. What you are making.
2. Build
3. Close up.
4. Build
5. Close up.
6. Build
7. Close up.
8. Build
9. Close up.
10. Build
11. Close up.
12. Build
13. Build
14. Build
15. Build
16. Build
17. Attach like so.
18. Apply pressure to the top of the orange assembly to pop it into place.
19. Attach
20. Attach
21. Attach
22. Attach
23. Attach
24. Attach
25. Attach
26. Attach
27.Attach to the legs here.
28. Close up.
29. Close up.

From here on, the instructions will show connections for the 1/2 inch pool cue holder. That was a long step. Ugh, well, move along.

Step 9: Ball Holder Version 1

Picture of Ball Holder Version 1

This piece will be a big pain to make instructions for so please bear with me. This chunk is what holds the billiard balls.

Materials: Knex.

1. What you will be making.
2. Make
3. Make
4. Make
5. Make
6. Make/ gather.
7. Attach like so.
8. Attach like so.
9. Attach like so.
10. Attach like so.
11. Attach like so.
12. Grab this little guy from before.
13. Attach like so.
14. Build/ gather
15. Slide on these hoops.
16. Attach
17. Build/ gather.
18. Attach
19. Build this.
20. Build this. Note that it is a seperate piece from pic 19. NOTE THE BROKEN PIECE.
21. A better view. NOTE THE BROKEN PIECE.
22. Add on this bit from before.
23. Another view.
24. Build
25. Another view.
26. Build
27. Build this. It's a seperate piece from 26.
28. Another view.
29. Attach the two parts.
30. Attach the piece from 24.
31. Close up.
32. Close up.
33. Attach to this subassembly.
34. Close up.
35. Another view.
36. Attach this from before.
37. Another view.
38. Build
39. Build
40. Another view
41. Another view.
42. Attach
43. Another view.
44. Build two.
45. Build
46. Close up.
47. Build
48. Attach
49. A close up view.
50. Build
51. Build
52. Build
53. Attach
54. Build
55. Build
56. Attach
57. Build
58. Close up.
59. Close up.
60. Build
61. Build
62. Build
63. Attach 61.
64. Attach 62.
65. Attach 57.
66. Close up.
67. Attach this fence like so.
68. Another view.
69. Add this slide.
70. Close up.
71. Close up.
72. Close up.
73. Attach 50.
74. Another view.
75. Another view.
76. Add these fences here.
77. Here is how they attach.
78. Close up.
79. Disconnect this rod.
80. Slide this thing on and reattach the rod.
81. What the rod slides through. (The grey connectors.)
82. Move it into position here.
83. Another view.
84. Add on this fence.
85. Another view.
86. Put on the second slide.
87. Another view.
88. Another view.
89. Add these fences onto this piece.
90. Another view.
91. Attach
92. Close up.
93. Close up.
94. Attach this piece.
95. Attach this assembly.
96. Attach this piece.
97. Attach 56.
98. Make sure that the Y-connector is slipped on like so.
99. Attach 53.
100. Make sure that the Y-connector is attached like so.
101. Close up.
102. Turn it around to the back.
103. Grab this subassembly.
104. Attach
105. Close up.
106. Close up.
107. Close up.
108. Close up.
109. Add tubing.
110. Add tubing.
111. You're done! Now we need to attach this.
112. Set it here.
113. Attach it between these two legs.
114. Close up.
115. Close up.
116. Close up.
117. Close up.
118. Close up.

Oh wow. That was tough, but, we must move on!

Step 10: Ball Holder Version 2

Picture of Ball Holder Version 2

Here is KneXtreme's ball holder. You'll notice it is slightly different. There is really no need to follow this step. It merely shows what was used to base the instructions of the previous step off of. Here are a bunch of views.

Materials: Your eyes.

1-42. Different views.

Easy step! Let's be going!

Step 11: Ball Return #1

Picture of Ball Return #1

Here we will be building the cue ball return. Have at it!

Materials: Knex, tubing, clear tape (if required), mini Knex (if required).

1. What you will be making.
2. Build
3. Another view.
4. Another view.
5. Build
6. Another view.
7. Another view.
8. Attach
9. Build
10. Another view.
11. Attach
12. Build
13. Another view.
14. Attach
15. Build
16. Build
17. Build 
18. Build
19. Build
20. Build
21. Build
22. Attach
23. Build
24. Attach
25. Attach on the end.
26. Close up.
27. Attach
28. Attach
29. Attach
30. Attach
31. Attach
32. Attach
33. Attach
34. Attach
35. Attach
36. Attach
37. Attach
38. Attach
39. Attach
40. Add tubing here.
41. Have it end here.
Note: Tubing was placed only on the top path.

Now we move on to central sorter.

Step 12: Central Shaft/ Ball Sorter

Picture of Central Shaft/ Ball Sorter

You will be making the area where all of the balls pass to be sorted. Cue vs. normal.

Materials: Knex.
 
1. What you will be making.
2. Build
3. Another view.
4. Build
5. Build
6. Build
7. Attach
8. Attach *Pay attention to the image notes.*
9. Another view. *Pay attention to the image notes.*
10. Build. The noted orange pieces are optional.
11. Close up.
12. Build
13. Build
14. Close up.
15. Attach
16. Another view.
17. Attach this.
18. Another view.
19. Attach this track.
20. Attach the braces here.
21. Close up.
22. Attach the outer panel.
23. Another view/ you're done.

Step 13: Ball Return #2

Picture of Ball Return #2

This has the actual sorter part and part of the path into the normal ball holder.

Materials: Knex, tubing, clear tape (if required), mini Knex rods (if required).

1. What shall be made.
2. Build
3. Build
4. Another view.
5. Build
6. Build
7. Another view.
8. Attach
9. Attach
10. Attach
11. Gather
12. Build
13. Add tubing.
14. Slide the three blue rods in here from 11.
15. Build
16. Attach
17. Close up.
18. Back view.
19. Build
20. Attach
21. Close up.
22. Back view.
23. Snap them together.
24. Build
25. Build
26. Build
27. Attach
28. Attach
29. Attach
30. Attach
31. Attach
32. Attach
33. Attach

Now you are going to attach the last three steps together and then to the table.

Step 14: Attaching Steps 11, 12, 13 to the Table

Picture of Attaching Steps 11, 12, 13 to the Table

Pretty self-explanatory.

Materials: Knex.

1. The three chunks.
2. Attach step 11 to step 12.
3. Close up.
4. Close up.
5. Attach step 13 to step 12.
6. Close up.
7. Close up.
8. What you should have.
9. Gather
10. Attach to your table.
11. Close up.
12. Close up.
13. Close up.
14. Close up.
15. Attach the pieces from 9 here. Note that this brace is only temporary and will be removed in step 18.
16. Gather
17. Attach two green rods here.
18. Attach the other two green rods here.

No we can start building the actual tabletop.

Step 15: Tabletop Part 1/5

Picture of Tabletop Part 1/5

Part 1/5 of the top of the table.

Materials: Knex, tubing, clear tape (if required), mini Knex.

1. What you will be making.
2. Build
3. Another view.
4. Build
5. Attach
6. Another view.
7. Build
8. Another view.
9. Close up.
10. Another view.
11. Another view.
12. Slide on.
13. Another view.
14. Attach
15. Another view.
16. Build
17. Another view.
18. Attach
19. Build
20. Another view.
21. Another view.
22. Build
23. Build
24. Another view.
25. Slide on.
26. Another view.
27. Attach
28. Another view.
29. Build
30. Another view.
31. Attach
32. Another view.
33. Grab the two chunks.
34. Attach
35. Another view/ add tubing.
36. Close up of tubing.
37. Close up of tubing.
38. Close up of tubing.
39. Close up of tubing.
40. Build
41. Another view.
42. Another view.
43. Another view. P.S. If you've gotten this far, you should consider voting for us in the contest...
44. Another view.
45. Another view.
46. Build
47. Another view.
48. Another view.
49. Build
50. Another view.
51. Another view.
52. Another view.
53. Build
54. Another view.
55. Another view.
56. Take these three pieces.
57. Attach them.
58. Gather these two.
59. Attach them.
60. Close up.
61. Close up.
62. Close up.
63. Close up.
64. Close up.
65. Close up.
66. Close up.
67. Close up.
68. Close up
69. Close up.
70. Close up.
71. Take the two chunks.
72. Snap them together.
73. Close up.
74. Close up.
75. Close up.
76. Close up.
77. Close up.
78. Close up.
79. Close up.
80. Close up.
81. Close up.
82. Close up.
83. Close up.
84. Close up.
85. Close up.
86. Another view.
87. Set it on this section of your table.
88. Attach it. Ensure that EVERY connection is made correctly. The remaining pictures will highlight the various connections.
89. Close up.
90. Close up.
91. Close up.
92. Close up.
93. Close up.
94. Close up.
95. Close up.
96. Close up.
97. Close up.
98. Close up.
99. Close up.
100. Put a ball down this pocket to make sure that the pocket functions correctly. (Make sure the ball doesn't get stuck, make sure it fits, etc.)
101. Do the same with this pocket.

The next part is much easier. Believe me.

Step 16: Tabletop Part 2/5

Picture of Tabletop Part 2/5

The second of five for the top of the table.

Materials: Knex.

1. What you will be making.
2. Build
3. Build
4. Another view.
5. Another view.
6. Attach
7. Another view.
8. Build
9. Another view.
10. Another view.
11. Another view.
12. Another view.
13. Attach
14. Another view.
15. Another view.
16. Build
17. Another view.
18. Another view.
19. Build
20. Another view.
21. Attach
22. Another view.
23. Get these two chunks.
24. Attach
25. Another view.
26. Build
27. Build
28. Another view.
29. Attach
30. Another view.
31. Build
32. Another view.
33. Another view.
34. Another view.
35. Build and place in the empty spot on 31-34. I forgot it. The image note on 32 and 36 will show you where to attach the piece.
36. Attach
37. Another view.
38. Another view.
39. Grab these two chunks.
40. Attach
41. Another view.
42. Set it here on your table. Note that i turned my table around. I had to move it to a different location. Don't turn your table around though. You can just leave it where it is. Make sure that the blue rod, orange connector in 19 and 20 is located over your pool cue holder. That is key.
43. Another view.
44. Attach
45. Another view.
46. Another view.
47. Another view.
48. Another view.
49. Another view.
50. Another view.
51. Another view.
52. Another view.
53. Another view.
54. Another view.
55. Another view.

Step 17: Tabletop Part 3/5

Picture of Tabletop Part 3/5

The third part of the tabletop will be assembled in this step. Have fun.

Materials: Knex (one broken piece which is not required), tubing, clear tape/ mini Knex (if required).

1. What will be made.
2. Build
3. Another view.
4. Another view.
5. Another view.
6. Build
7. Another view.
8. Another view.
9. Close up.
10. Attach
11. Another view.
12. Another view.
13. Buil
14. Build
15. Build
16. Another view.
17. Attach
18. Another view.
19. Another view.
20. Another view.
21. Another view.
22. Another view.
23. Another view.
24. Another view.
25. Another view.
26. Attach
27. Another view.
28. Another view.
29. Another view.
30. Another view.
31. Add tubing.
32. Another view.
33. Another view.
34. Place a ball down the hole to see if it goes through with no obstructions.
35. If this happens then follow the instructions of the next  two pics.
36. Image notes will provide assistance.
37. Image notes will provide assistance.
38. You will need to build two. However, note the subtle differences. The next few pics will highlight them.
39. Note
40. Note
41. Note
42. Gather
43. Put them in this order.
44. Attach
45. Attach
46. Another view.
47. Close up.
48. Set it her on your table.
49. Attach
50. Another view.
51. Another view.
52. Another view.
53. Another view.
54. Another view.
55. Another view.
56. Another view.
57. Another view.
58. Another view.
59. If you are using the thinner tubing then replace this yellow connector with a blue one. Do the same with the hole across from this on. However, if you have, like me, the thicker tubing. Keep the yellow connector.

On to number 4 we shall leap.

Step 18: Tabletop Part 4/5

Picture of Tabletop Part 4/5

The 4th piece. You are almost done with perhaps the most painful part of this project. You already made a chunk similar to this so it should be relatively easy.

Materials: Knex.

1. What you will be making.
2. Build
3. Build
4. Another view.
5. Attach
6. Another view.
7. Another view.
8. Build
9. Another view.
10. Another view.
11. Attach
12. Another view.
13. Build
14. Another view.
15. Build
16. Another view
17. Attach
18. Another view.
19. Another view. 
20. Grab these two chunks.
21. Attach
22. Build
23. Another view.
24. Build
25. Another view.
26. Build 
27. Another view.
28. Another view.
29. Attach
30. Another view.
31. Attach
32. Another view.
33. Another view.
34. Grab these.
35. Attach them.
36. Set the chunk here. Orientation is key. 
37. Look at the image note.
38. Look at the image note.
39. Attach
40. Another view.
41. Another view.
42. Another view.
43. Another view.
44. Another view.
45. Another view.
46. Another view.

Last huge chunk!!!

Step 19: Tabletop Part 5/5

Picture of Tabletop Part 5/5

You built one of these already. It is simply a mirrored opposite.

Materials: Knex, tubing, clear tape/ mini Knex (if required).

1. What you will be making.
2. Buil
3. Build
4. Attach
5. Another view.
6. Build
7. Build
8. Another view.
9. Build
10. Another view.
11. Build
12. Another view.
13. Build
14. Attach
15. Attach
16. Attach
17. Attach
18. Attach
19. Attach
20. Close up.
21. Close up.
22. Close up.
23. Build
24. Another view.
25. Another view.
26. Attach
27. Another view.
28. Build
29. Build
30. Attach
31. Attach
32. Another view.
33. Another view.
34. Another view.
35. Build
36. Another view.
37. Another view.
38. Attach
39. Another view.
40. Another view.
41. Build
42. Another view.
43. Another view.
44. Another view.
45. Another view.
46. Another view.
47. Another view.
48. Another view.
49. Build
50. Attach
51. Another view.
52. Another view.
53. Another view.
54. Build
55. Another view.
56. Another view.
57. Another view.
58. Another view.
59. Another view.
60. Another view.
61. Another view.
62. Another view.
63. Another view.
64. Attach
65. Another view.
66. Another view.
67. Another view.
68. Another view.
69. Close up.
70. Close up.
71. Another view.
72. Another view.
73. Another view.
74. Add tubing in the same way you did on the other end of the table.
75. Close up.
76. Close up.
77. Close up.
78. Set it here.
79. Attach
80. Another view.
81. Another view.
82. Another view.
83. Another view.
84. Another view.
85. Another view.
86. Another view.
87. Another view.
88. Another view.
89. Another view.
90. Another view.
91. Another view.

You are now done with the hardest part and now that your pool table is beginning to take shape, take a break, eat a cookie, and stick your fingers in some ice. :)

Step 20: Prepping the Playing Surface

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In this step, I will show how to make your actual surface for play. I used a 5mm thick luann board which works perfectly. I purchased it in one large 8 foot by 5 foot sheet at Home Depot. It will be cut down to a size labeled in the image notes. 2 yard lengths of felt will suffice. Also duct tape to hold down the felt. I attempted to use a staple gun to hold down my felt, but the staples would go through the back of the board. If your board is thicker than 5mm then a staple gun might just work.

Materials: Felt, duct tape, board, staple gun (if applicable), sand paper, scissors.

1.-34. Follow the image notes.

Step 21: Attach the Playing Surface

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Almost done!

Materials: Knex.

1. Build
2. Build these two different ones. Where they are placed will be labeled in the image notes.
3. Place them on the table here. 
4. Close up of one row. This row happens to have a different piece..
5. Attach any normal pieces like so.
6. Attach the two different pieces like so.
7. Attach this row.
8. Attach this row.
9. Attach them all.
10. Gather
11. Place two in the corner here.
12. Attach like so. Look at image note.
13. Middle pocket.
14. Attach
15. Corner
16. Attach
17. Middle of short side.
18. Close up.
19. Attach
20. Corner/ attach.
21. Middle pocket.
22. Attach
23. Corner
24. Attach
25. Middle of short row.
26. Attach
27. Line up 6 white rods here.
28. Attach
29. Now move around the table adding the rest of the white rods which will pin the board in place.
30. Same as 29.
31. Move to a middle pocket.
32. Detach the female ball connectors and snap them on like so.
33. Close up.
34. What it should look like.
35. Move to the other middle pocket.
36. Do the same.

Now you just need to add tubing and you're done!

Step 22: The Rest of the Tubing

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Here you will be adding the tubing that acts as a bumper on the walls of the table. This step will also show how to add tubing to your ball sorter to ensure that it works.

Materials: Knex, tubing, clear tape/ mini Knex (if required).

Wall Tubing

1. Start your tubing in any spot except for any of the pockets. When you attach the tubing, attach it like so. Halfway on.
2. Attach the tubing as you go around in a circle and when you reach a corner pocket, do as such.
3. Close up. Try to attach the tubing to the Y-connector at the back of the pocket. If you have the thinner tubing, it will attach to the Y-connector very easily.
4. Move along and when you reach a middle pocket, do as such.
5. Begin to turn the tubing and add a grey connector onto the tubing.
6. Attach the piece here.
7. Loop the tubing around and add a second grey connector to your tubing.
8. Attach your connector here. Make sure that you make the tubing close enough to the blue rod in the back of the pocket so that you get a nice looking pocket.
9. Continue around the table. If your tubing is too short, do as such. Cut it very carefully so that the tube ends halfway on a connector.
10. Close up.
11. Add some more tubing like so.
12. Move along.
13. Keep going.
14. You're good.
15. You're good.
16. You're good.
17. Aaaaaaaannnnnnd STOP. Don't worry we'll buff out those scratches. :)
18. How it should look.

Sorter Tubing

1. Start your tubing here and move it up or down the sorter until you find the length that works for YOUR table. It will be different for everyone's depending on your golf ball's weight, size, and how flat your ground is. This was my sweet spot. To test, just move make the tubing shorter or longer and throw your golf ball and your pool balls down ALL of the holes to see if they sort correctly.
2. Close up of where mine is. Keep in mind that your's may be significantly further up.
3. Extreme close up of where mine ends.
4. If you use the thinner tubing, direct your attention to this here hole.
5. Stick in a Y-connector like so and extend your tubing so that it attaches to that Y-connector. Do the same on the other side.
6. It should sort like so, sending the golf ball below and the pool ball above.
7. Extend your tubing down the golf ball path to the end.

Keep in mind that every once in awhile, you may or may not need to adjust the length of the tubing on your sorter. This may be caused by using a different ball, moving your table, or if something is disconnected. I am happy to say that you have completed the construction of your Knex pool table!!!

Step 23: Tipping Your Pool Cues

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You are so close just keep swimming.

Materials: Wooden dowels, hot glue (unless you use Sugru), knife, (unless you use Sugru), Sugru (if you choose to buy it).

1. Your materials. I used hot glue and not Sugru. For those of you who want to use Sugru, the second to last paragraph on this step states how.
2. Grab a dowel and start adding hot glue onto one end.
3. Roll the dowel...
4. ...between your fingers...
5. ...as you add more hot glue. This will spread it evenly and make it look nicer.
6. Stop at about this much.
7. Let it half-dry and...
8. ...apply pressure with your thumb to flatten and smooth it out. If your thumb sticks to the glue and the glue starts to stretch, you did not let it dry enough. Just peel the glue off the dowel and try again. It may take a few tries. If you push on the glue and it doesn't mold then you waited too long. Just peel the glue off the dowel and try again. Once again, it may take a few tries.
9. How it should look.
10. Close up.
11. Grab your knife and trim/ cut off any excess.
12. How it should look.
13. Now do the same to the other dowel.
14. Put the cues in the holder.

If y'all are going to use Sugru then get just a small piece and roll it into a ball. Make sure not to roll it too much or it may begin to dry out. Place the ball on the end of the cue and apply slight pressure until it begins to mold around the stick just a bit and flatten out in the front. Once you get it to your desired thickness and flatness, repeat with the other dowel and leave the cues in a dry area until the Sugru cements to the dowel. This may take several hours. Wash your hands!

Now you are done with everything except for painting. That's the next step.

Step 24: Painting the Billiard Balls

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Take it away KneXtreme!

Materials: 15 Original size Knex balls (yellow works best), paints (acrylic works best), paint brush(es), masking tape, paint mixing tray, knife, drying rack of some kind.

     Hi. This is KneXtreme. This step will show you how to make the billiard balls. Only classic Knex balls with the holes will work. If you are going to buy more Knex balls for this project I recommend buying the color yellow, because it's easier to paint over. 

Preparing to Paint:
     Before you start to paint you'll need to buy acrylic paint, unless you already have some. The colors needed are listed below. I suggest getting a couple of extra cheap paint mixing trays to set the Knex balls on to dry. The balls and their corresponding numbers are listed below as well.                      

       Paint Colors                The balls and their corresponding numbers
  • yellow                           yellow ball - 1, yellow ball with stripe - 9 
  • blue                               blue ball - 2, blue ball with stripe - 10
  • red                                 red ball - 3, red ball with stripe - 11 
  • purple                           purple ball - 4, purple ball with stripe - 12
  • orange                          orange ball - 5, orange ball with stripe - 13
  • green                            green ball - 6, green ball with stripe - 14
  • maroon                        maroon ball - 7, maroon ball with stripe - 15
  • white                             black ball - 8
  • black
The video below explains how to paint the Knex billiard balls.

Step 25: Modifications

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Here is the step for you guys. If you can think of any mods or improvements, place them in the comments here and we will hopefully edit them right into this step! Also post a picture of your finished table and we'll display it here. Leave any feedback here as well!

1. Add one of these splices on each middle pocket like so.
2.-7. Multiple views of knextremist's blue base mod.

Step 26: You Are Done

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You don't know how long I've been waiting to say that! We hope you enjoy and if you have any questions/ comments/ concerns, leave them on the previous step labeled "Modifications". We sincerely hope you enjoy your pool table and have a great time with it!

If you guys enjoyed it, please vote for us in the Toy Rods and Connectors Contest, we would be eternally grateful.

Signed,
knextremist and KneXtreme

Comments

knextremist (author)2014-01-05

I'm curious as to whether or not anyone has even built this! haha.

Cr7Rocks77 (author)knextremist2015-07-05

I am building this at the moment and im almost finished. Cant wait to finish.Also, does it play well?

knextremist (author)Cr7Rocks772015-11-08

Plays very well! Good luck with the build!

8-ball is in the wrong spot.

Congrats buddy :|

Shadowman39 (author)knextremist2014-12-01

This one is loosely based off of and inspired by yours, so perhaps that counts. :-P

Shadowman39 (author)Shadowman392014-12-01

I forgot Instructables had problems with hyperlinks... here is the non-broken link.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Knex-Pool-Table-1/

knextremist (author)2013-08-20

Thanks to everyone who voted for this in the Toy Rods and Connectors Contest! I greatly appreciate your support and complements! I would like to give a special thanks to everyone who made it possible for this instructable to get the first place prize!

dynamite_kid (author)2017-09-16

Do you know instead of paintin golf balls u could

just use pool bass. Really cool though

KnexExtreme90 (author)2014-11-19

I've gotten to the 2/5 of the tabletop part, but I need to buy more parts. I will finish this!!

augustuss (author)KnexExtreme902016-07-09

me too

benjaminwend (author)2015-05-26

Your awesome this is amazing. At first I didn't thick it collected the balls that pretty sweet. You other project are pretty cool. Keep on keeping on.

augustuss (author)benjaminwend2016-06-19

I agree

knextremist (author)benjaminwend2015-11-08

Thank you sir!

pool1010 (author)2015-06-28

did you get board?

knextremist (author)pool10102015-11-08

Home Depot

Cr7Rocks77 (author)2015-07-03

hello, I am currently building this pool table. First off i wanna say this is incredible. The first time i saw it i was like holy crap i wanna build this and then i found the instructions. I am on 1/5 of the table but had a question. Is it normal for the ball sorter and ball return 1 and 2 to droop down a little and will this be fixed after the table is put on.

Thanks and keep up the good work

knextremist (author)Cr7Rocks772015-11-08

Once the entire structure is built, it is extremely sturdy. Good luck!

adaptablechimp (author)2015-09-06

These images are ugly.

I can't find one word to describe this as there are so many of them

Zombiekiller-93 (author)2014-05-18

Where did you get the felt from

Walmart. It was just regular old felt.

Ok, thanks

james145 (author)2014-04-17

can you use the red and yellow balls or do you (u) have to use just the yellow knex balls (this is my first time commenting on here)

knextremist (author)james1452014-05-04

The red and yellow ones work! However, they seperate into two halves: one red and one yellow. If you take two yellow halves (from two balls) and stick them together, you'll have a solid yellow ball. These solid yellows are easier to paint over. Hope this helps!

dragon#1 (author)2013-11-03

can you use real pool balls and sticks????? very cool by the way.

knextremist (author)dragon#12014-01-03

No to the real pool balls because they are too big but yes you can use real pool sticks, they just won't fit in the holder. Sorry for the late reply.

koolcoasterkid (author)2013-09-25

Ah, cool. Really good idea.

depotdevoid (author)2013-08-17

I'm not a k'nexer myself, but I happened to stumble upon this 'ible. I'm quite impressed! Kudos on you attention to detail, thorough documentation, and being selected as a finalist!

knextremist (author)depotdevoid2013-08-18

Thank you very much and I appreciate your kindness!

sandroknexmaster (author)2013-08-16

Congratulations for being selected as a finalist in the Toy Rods and Connectors Contest!

Thanks! You too.

Knex.X (author)2013-07-26

You two deserve to win. Too bad I vote for every decent entry.

knextremist (author)Knex.X2013-08-02

You, I like you.

Knex.X (author)knextremist2013-08-06

Lol I hear that every day :0

KneXtreme (author)Knex.X2013-07-26

Thank you. Same here. I can't help myself :)

sandroknexmaster (author)2013-08-03

Nice! Voted :D

Thank you my friend :)

Shadowman39 (author)2013-07-24

It's nice that this has instructions, great job!

knextremist (author)Shadowman392013-07-24

Wow, I'm starstruck, Shadowman39 thinks that something we did is cool!

Shadowman39 (author)knextremist2013-07-24

Haha, I commented on the original one so I thought I'd comment on this one as well. How long did it take you guys to make the instructions?

knextremist (author)Shadowman392013-08-02

It took a lot longer than it should have believe me. And that's my fault. Nearly 7 or 8 months...

CJR2115 (author)2013-07-24

I voted

I voted too!!!

KneXtreme (author)CJR21152013-07-25

Great! Thanks.

knextremist (author)CJR21152013-07-24

You are my new best friend.

knexlad243 (author)2013-08-01

very good :) have to feature that , well done

KneXtreme (author)knexlad2432013-08-02

Thank you :)

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