Solidly Mounted Blinds
We use the high-torque design of floating nut plates to secure the rails to the slate.
There are several ways in which rails can be fastened to the slate some are better than others. The quality of these fastening systems is extremely important to the play of your table. The rail should be mounted to the slate in such a way that a seamless bond is created. This allows for solid rebounds and vibration free play. The six most common ways of mounting rails are with the use of either lag bolts, threaded inserts, expansion bolts, tie plates, t-nuts, or floating nut plates.
Lag Bolts are course threaded bolts that are not designed for disassembly. After multiple assemblies the holes will begin to strip out and the bolt’s holding power will diminish.
Expansion Bolts are screwed into inserts positioned in the sub rail. As the bolt is tightened the insert expands. Wood will bend and mold to the insert. As a consequence, the expansion bolt can come loose and allow for unnecessary vibration and hollow, sluggish hits.
Floating Nut Plates
The plate is then able to float in the slot and allows for infinite adjustment when aligning the rails to the table. The rail cushion covers the slot to hold the plate in place. The thickness and width of the plate allows the rail to be mounted with over three times the downward torque strength of t-nuts. This design provides a virtually vibration free rail when struck with a ball. With the use of floating nut plates, the play of the table is greatly improved allowing the cushions to react with quiet, consistently accurate play.We use the floating nut system with unique dome washers to attach the rails to the slate.
Sites are either placed in the rails before the wood is sanded and stained (pre-finished site) or after the finishing process is complete (post-finished site). Pre-finished sites require a more difficult and a more time consuming manufacturing process, but this method produces a fine-furniture look and feel. By running your finger over the site, you can determine which manufacturing process was used. A pre-finished site will feel so smooth you may not be able to tell where it is with your eyes closed. A post-finished site will have a very defined edge.”