Any Table A Client Can Conceptualize Will Be Fair Game.

Billiards by Brandt provides fully-customized pool tables to art and billiard enthusiasts alike. Similar to commissioning artists for their unique abilities, clients can commission Dan Brandt, the artist and mastercraftsman behind Billiards by Brandt, for one-of-a-kind pool tables made precisely to their liking and desired specifications.

Billiards by Brandt produces all items cradle to grave under Dan’s direction and supervision, and ensures clients an efficient process by having him as the point of contact in all transactions. Dan helps guide architects, designers, developers and even inspired homeowners towards the table they envision. And once production begins, an open invitation is extended for all clients to tour the workshop and see their tables being made.

Any Table A Client Can Conceptualize Will Be Fair Game.

Billiards by Brandt provides fully-customized pool tables to art and billiard enthusiasts alike. Similar to commissioning artists for their unique abilities, clients can commission Dan Brandt, the artist and mastercraftsman behind Billiards by Brandt, for one-of-a-kind pool tables made precisely to their liking and desired specifications.

Billiards by Brandt produces all items cradle to grave under Dan’s direction and supervision, and ensures clients an efficient process by having him as the point of contact in all transactions. Dan helps guide architects, designers, developers and even inspired homeowners towards the table they envision. And once production begins, an open invitation is extended for all clients to tour the workshop and see their tables being made.

“Look at my hands, I do everything: create, find, restore, load the truck, deliver, install and call the next day to see how the client is doing… They're in my hands, and I’m here to take care of them and solve their problems.”- Dan Brandt

About Dan Brandt

As recently described in Indulge Magazine, Dan Brandt is a Renaissance man with a hint of Santa Claus. He’s a lawyer and lobbyist. He reads Homer and quotes Plato. He’s a gentleman who gracefully opens doors. And he is the go-to guy when rock stars, athletes and even luxury hotels are searching for that perfect toy — a one-of-a kind billiards table.

With a fluffy white mustache and kind eyes behind his spectacles, the 67-year-old builds, restores and tinkers with pool tables in his Santa-esque workshop. This man cave — bursting with stacks of slate and wood beams dating back hundreds of years, turn-of-the-century screws, and dismembered pool tables — resembles a whimsical museum.

The Michigan native wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but rather an ivory teething ring made from billiard ball scraps. His father was a Brunswick service manager for almost 20 years before moving to South Florida in the ’60s to start his own pool table business, where his clients included royalty and A-list movie stars.

Brandt took a different route. He became a legal aid attorney and practiced environmental law before moving to South Florida in the ’80s to learn his dad’s business. Today, he still uses a level his father made 50 years ago, and he’s teaching his son all his secrets to conserve and restore his works of art. 

“Everyone can play pool regardless of gender, religion or economic status,” Brandt said. “It transcends all media.”

When The Rolling Stones were in town, Brandt installed a snooker table backstage so they could play before the show. His masterpieces have also been commissioned by Al Gore, Pat Riley, the Miami Heat, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Delano South Beach and HBO’s Ballers. During the rare occasion when he’s not working on a table, Brandt is restoring a 1964 Volvo 544, which he’s been working on since disco ruled the airwaves.

About Dan Brandt

As recently described in Indulge Magazine, Dan Brandt is a Renaissance man with a hint of Santa Claus. He’s a lawyer and lobbyist. He reads Homer and quotes Plato. He’s a gentleman who gracefully opens doors. And he is the go-to guy when rock stars, athletes and even luxury hotels are searching for that perfect toy — a one-of-a kind billiards table.

With a fluffy white mustache and kind eyes behind his spectacles, the 67-year-old builds, restores and tinkers with pool tables in his Santa-esque workshop. This man cave — bursting with stacks of slate and wood beams dating back hundreds of years, turn-of-the-century screws, and dismembered pool tables — resembles a whimsical museum.

The Michigan native wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but rather an ivory teething ring made from billiard ball scraps. His father was a Brunswick service manager for almost 20 years before moving to South Florida in the ’60s to start his own pool table business, where his clients included royalty and A-list movie stars.

Brandt took a different route. He became a legal aid attorney and practiced environmental law before moving to South Florida in the ’80s to learn his dad’s business. Today, he still uses a level his father made 50 years ago, and he’s teaching his son all his secrets to conserve and restore his works of art. 

“Everyone can play pool regardless of gender, religion or economic status,” Brandt said. “It transcends all media.”

When The Rolling Stones were in town, Brandt installed a snooker table backstage so they could play before the show. His masterpieces have also been commissioned by Al Gore, Pat Riley, the Miami Heat, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Delano South Beach and HBO’s Ballers. During the rare occasion when he’s not working on a table, Brandt is restoring a 1964 Volvo 544, which he’s been working on since disco ruled the airwaves.

Concept & Design

Clients can choose their favorite design elements from several different pool tables and create one very personal, highly-customized design. With Dan’s guidance, clients are able to benefit from his extensive experience and buy the table they envision.

Billiards by Brandt understands that one size doesn’t fit all. That’s why CAD drawings are offered at no additional cost. Before going into production, Dan makes sure the table will fit perfectly within the space its intended to go in order to guarantee the best playing experience. 

Custom design allows clients to seamlessly integrate a pool table with any room decor, design taste and style. It allows for artistic freecom and gives clients an outlet where they can express their unique personality.

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BCA EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS:

These specifications are meant for recreation (non-professional) equipment. 

TABLE SIZES: 3 ½’ x 7’, 4’ x 8’, and 4 ½’ x 9’ with the play area measuring twice as long as it is wide (± 1/8”) from the cloth covered nose of the cushion rubber to the opposite cushion rubber. 4 ½’ x 9’ tables with a Play Area of 50” x 100” is the recognized size for professional tournament play. 

TABLE BED HEIGHT: The table bed playing surface, when measured from the bottom of the table leg, will be 29 ¼” minimum to 31” maximum. 

POCKET OPENINGS & MEASUREMENTS (cloth-covered rails): Pockets openings are measured from tip to tip of the opposing cushion noses where direction changes into the pocket. This is called the mouth. 

Corner Pocket: Mouth 4 7/8” minimum to 5 1/8” maximum 

Side Pocket: Mouth 5 3/8” minimum to 5 5/8” maximum 

The angle at the corner pocket entrance on each side of the pocket is 142º (± 1º). 

The angle at the side pocket entrance on each side of the pocket is 103º (± 2º). 

Vertical Pocket Angle: 12º minimum to 15º maximum 

Shelf: The shelf is measured from the center of the imaginary line that goes from one side of the mouth to the other where the nose of the cushion changes direction to the center of the vertical cut of the slate pocket radius. 

Corner Pocket: 1 5/8” minimum to 1 7/8” maximum 

Side Pocket: 0” minimum to 3/8” maximum 

Drop Point Slate Radius: The pocket radius measured from the vertical cut of the slate to the playing surface. 

Drop Point Slate Radius: 1/8” radius minimum to ¼” radius minimum 

PLAYING BED: The playing surface must be capable, either by its own strength or a combination of its strength and that of the table base frame, of maintaining an overall flatness within ± .020” lengthwise and ± .010” across the width. Further, this surface should have an additional deflection not to exceed .030” when loaded with a concentrated static force of 200 pounds at its center. All slate joints must be in the same plane within .005” after leveling and shimming. The bed must be covered with a billiard fabric, the major portion of which is made of wool, with proper tension to avoid unwanted ball roll-off. It is recommended that professional tournament size tables have a three-piece set of slate with a minimum thickness of 1” and a wooden frame of at least ¾” attached to the slate. BCA will sanction tournament play on home and coin-operated tables with one-piece slate providing the Play Area requirements are met. All playing surfaces must be solidly secured to base frame with screws or bolts. 

CUSHION: Cushions should react so that they conform under controlled conditions to the three cushion angles prescribed in the “diamond” (or site) system shown below to ± 1 ball width. The speed of the table cushions should be such that placement of a ball on the head spot, shooting through the foot spot, using center ball english, with a level cue and firm stroke, the ball must travel a minimum of 4 to 4 ½ lengths of the table without jumping.

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