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Old 06-03-2010, 05:06 PM   #1
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What is a pool ball made of ?

And can I cut one in half with a wet tile saw ?
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:09 PM   #2
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Re: What is a pool ball made of ?

Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. Do you enjoy the thought of being an amputee or having that ball lodged into your skull?

I'm picturing a really hard projectile.
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:09 PM   #3
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Polyester or other variants. Solid I think.
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:12 PM   #4
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The earliest balls were made of wood and then later clay (the latter remaining in use well into the 20th century). Ivory was favored since at least 1627 until the early 20th century, though the earliest known written reference to ivory billiard balls is in the 1588 inventory of the Duke of Norfolk. But by the mid-1800s, elephants were being slaughtered for their ivory at an alarming rate, just to keep up with the demand for billiard balls – no more than eight balls could be made from a single elephant's tusks. The billiard industry realized that the supply of elephants (their primary source of ivory) was endangered, as well as dangerous to obtain (the latter an issue of notable public concern at the turn of the last century). Inventors were challenged to come up with an alternative material that could be manufactured, with a US$10,000 prize being offered by a New York supplier, Phelan and Collender. (This is approximately $160,000 in 2009 dollars.)
In 1869, John Wesley Hyatt invented a composition material called nitrocellulose for billiard balls (US patent 50359, the first American patent for billiard balls). It is unclear if the cash prize was ever awarded, and there is no evidence suggesting he did in fact win it. By 1870 it was commercially branded Celluloid, the first industrial plastic. Unfortunately, the nature of celluloid made it volatile in production, occasionally exploding, which ultimately made this early plastic impractical. Urban legend has it that celluloid billiard balls themselves would occasionally explode during rough play, but no reliable sources have been found that can substantiate this.
Subsequently, to avoid the problem of celluloid instability, the industry experimented with various other synthetic materials for billiards balls such as Bakelite, Crystalate and other plastic compounds.
The exacting requirements of the billiard ball are met today with balls cast from plastic materials that are strongly resistant to cracking and chipping. Currently Saluc, under the brand names Aramith and Brunswick Centennial, manufactures phenolic resin balls. Other plastics and resins such as polyester (under various trade names) and clear acrylic are also used, by competing companies such as Elephant Balls Ltd. and Frenzy Sports.
Ivory balls remained in use in artistic billiards competition until the late 20th century.
I don't see why a wet tile saw wouldn't work. Let us know if it explodes.
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:14 PM   #5
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God bless nitrocellulose and exploding balls.
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:15 PM   #6
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Hopefully you're buying a second set, as youd be making it very unfair to cut one of the solids in half.

Just kidding, but my friend did this and he was fine.
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:42 PM   #7
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A wet saw will work just fine, when my kids were small used go thunder egg hunting in Oregon, I would cut them in half and grab my Marble and Graite polisher and go at it.
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I went to a camp in West Virginia as a kid and we went to a stream to hunt for what we called thunder eggs. They were round black rocks with cracks in them like if they had a shell and smaller than a golf ball usually. The geode makes sense to cut in half though.
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Re: What is a pool ball made of ?

Somewhat related question....

In a bar room type pool table, how does the ball return system differentiate between the cue and the other balls so the cue comes out the back?

Weight?
Diameter?
Color?

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Somewhat related question....

In a bar room type pool table, how does the ball return system differentiate between the cue and the other balls so the cue comes out the back?

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...cue ball is heavier
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:05 PM   #13
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I'll say this much: I've dropped a pool ball off of an 11 storey building and watched it hit the road below. It did not break. It bounced like a mtherfcker and disappeared into the night. Good times
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:08 PM   #14
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Somewhat related question....

In a bar room type pool table, how does the ball return system differentiate between the cue and the other balls so the cue comes out the back?

Weight?
Diameter?
Color?

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The cue ball is bigger for one. I don't know if the weight makes the difference or the size.
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:10 PM   #15
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The cue ball is smaller, guys. Sheesh.
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:12 PM   #16
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The cue ball is smaller, guys. Sheesh.
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Re: What is a pool ball made of ?

Dude, I'm not going to read that. I'm just calling it as I see it. In the twenty-something different bars I have played pool in across the UK, the cue ball has ALWAYS been smaller than the rest of the balls.

EDIT: We play English Pool, with red and yellow balls, whereas you play American Pool with the numbers and the stripes and the colors. In our game, the cue ball is definitely smaller, perhaps not so in yours.
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Dude, I'm not going to read that. I'm just calling it as I see it. In the twenty-something different bars I have played pool in across the UK, the cue ball has ALWAYS been smaller than the rest of the balls.

EDIT: We play English Pool, with red and yellow balls, whereas you play American Pool with the numbers and the stripes and the colors. In our game, the cue ball is definitely smaller, perhaps not so in yours.


Just on the coin op tables. The cue ball is noticeably bigger. It sucks if you actually like a good game of pool, which you won't get on a bar table. If you want a real game, you have to go down to the pool hall with the big tables, and if you want they have the snooker tables too.
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And can I cut one in half with a wet tile saw ?
What a strange hobby..
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What are pool balls made of?

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After browsing through our extensive directory of billiards equipment vendors, we noticed the same strange phrase popping up -- thermoset resin. A few Google web searches and online dictionary consultations later, we discovered the secret of pool balls.
"Thermoset" is an adjective used to describe synthetic substances that set permanently when heated. And resin, in addition to being the sticky stuff that comes out of trees, is a "solid or liquid synthetic organic polymer used as the basis of plastics, adhesives, varnishes, etc."

As it turns out, billiard balls have played a vital role in the creation of polymers, or synthetic plastics. An interesting tidbit from the Polymer Selection Database explains:

One of the first developments of plastics was as a replacement to ivory billard balls, due to the dwindling supply of ivory. As far back as 1866, elephants were being slaughtered at an alarming rate to keep up with the demand for ivory billiard balls, billards having become America's favorite pastime.
No more eight balls made from elephants. Ain't science grand?
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In a bar room type pool table, how does the ball return system differentiate between the cue and the other balls so the cue comes out the back?

Weight?
Diameter?
Color?

???
There is a TV show on History called "Sliced" and in the very first episode they figured out how this works. The cue ball has metal in it and there's a big magnet that pulls the ball to one side of the return rail. The ball is the same weight and size as the others, its just a simple magnetic trick.

They sliced the ball with some kind of saw. It's entertaining but kinda silly for a show.
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Re: What is a pool ball made of ?

if there's even a tiny chance of it exploding, please film it. it could be youtube gold
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...provided he survives the blast in good enough shape to use a computer again
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Why would it expload ? (famous last words) It's solid and not under pressure, I view it like cutting tile or concrete. If the diamond tile blade won't cut it maybe a metal cutting one will, but we will see here tomorrow.
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he could leave it in his will...
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I'll say this much: I've dropped a pool ball off of an 11 storey building and watched it hit the road below. It did not break. It bounced like a mtherfcker and disappeared into the night. Good times
lol. ballin' (pun intended)
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