This is NOT a step-by-step instructable. I decided to document my project this way because it is easier to explain everything. Click here for instructions.
I tried to make this project as realistic as possible. Including some of these cool features.
- felt top
- bouncy sides
- triangle holder
- pool stick holder
- ball sorter
- the dots on the side
- hand painted Knex billiard balls
- cue and billiard balls holding areas
As I said before this is NOT a step-by-step instructable. Each step explains a certain thing about the pool table and how it works. I am not going to post instructions of the pool table because of its size and complexity. I will however post instructions of the billiard ball holding area if enough people want me to.
Here is the video of the pool table, showing it in action! Enjoy! ~ KneXtreme ~
Step 1: The Underside
Step 2: The Base and Outside
Step 3: The Triangle, Pool Sticks, and Cue Ball
Step 4: The Pockets
Step 5: The Paths and Ball Sorter
(red rods) that gradually separate. Because the cue ball (golf ball) is slightly smaller it goes to the right. And since the billiard balls (Knex balls) are larger they go to the left.
Pictures 13 and 14 show the cue ball's path to its holding area and picture 16, 17 and18 show the billiard balls' path to their holding area.
Step 6: Billiard Balls Holding Area
Step 7: How to Make a Knex Billiard Ball
First, for the striped balls I lined a piece of regular masking tape up with the center of the hole in the ball. (pic 1) Then I wrapped the tape all the way around the ball. (pics 3-5) After that, I painted the exposed sides. Once the balls dried I peeled the tape off and taped the painted sides. (pics 6 and 7) For the solid colored balls I just painted one side, let it dry, flipped it, and painted the other side.
To paint the circles with numbers in them I first took a chunk of wood and made some Xs with masking tape. (pic 8) After that I took a dime, put it in the center of the each X and drew a line around it with a pencil. (pics 9 and10) Next I took my pocket knife and cut out the circle. (pics 11 and 12) Once all that was done I peeled off all the Xs and put 2 of them (pics 13 and 14) on each ball opposite of each other. Once the circles were done drying I hand painted the numbers on. There you have it. That's how I made the Knex billiard balls.
P.S. Some balls take more coats of paint than others. For example, the green and blue balls needed only 3 coats of paint. While the purple and orange balls needed 5 coats of paint. If you are going to paint Knex balls I recommend buying the color yellow, because it's easier to paint over.