How to Make a Custom Pool Table Light: Now is the time to civilize your man cave and replace the frat house style beer lights with proper hanging lamps. You can start by making this custom pool table light that is made of oak and walnut and provides the perfect accent to your game room.
YouTube DIYer April Wilkerson ups her woodworking game with this project that showcases her design chops and skills on a table saw. She uses her table saw and dado blade to cut some channels into the oak pieces, which she can attach to the walnut. It creates a custom look that instantly upgrades the entire room.
This is an intermediate woodworking project that requires a workshop set up with a table saw, miter saw, planer, biscuit jointer, drill press and jigsaw. Wood glue and biscuits hold the light together, and three coats of shellac provide the perfect shine. Complete plans and step-by-step tutorials are available on her website.
How long is a pool table light?
A properly sized pool table light (between 40 and 60 inches long, depending on the size of your table) will illuminate the entire playing surface of the table. You don’t want a light only in the center with dimly lit rails. The table lighting should eliminate all shadows on the table, including under the rails.
What type of lighting is best for a pool table?
CFL bulbs use much less energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs, and are generally recommended by lighting manufacturers for pool tables