Golden West Billiards goes global

A family-run Milwaukie business that is over 40 years old turns handcrafted pool tables into $1 million in annual revenue.

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Family-run Golden West Billiards moved to Milwaukie in 1992 after more than two decades in Los Angeles.

The company creates handcrafted pool tables made of locally-sourced materials, and its tables have garnered an international following.

[Sales manager Terry] Moldenhauer said Golden West tables have been in dozens of movies, purchased by scores of A-list celebrities and rented one time by the Rolling Stones.

The in-house craftsmanship comes with a hefty price tag, climbing all the way to $70,000 for antique restorations. The company sells some of its more affordable tables on Craigslist, starting around $1,500.

For comparison, the typical price of a prefabricated pool table from a chain retailer hovers just under $1,000. Those tables might be more economical, but Golden West says its cachet and big-name clients are a testament to quality. Even the tables it sells on Craigslist have customizable features, with variations in cloth, wood inlays and table rails. Assembly takes up to six weeks, depending on the order’s complexity.


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