Paul and Joe McCabe have accepted a challenge from Greg Ryan to turn five hoop pine legs for a 10.3-metre table.
Paul and Joe McCabe have accepted a challenge from Greg Ryan to turn five hoop pine legs for a 10.3-metre table.

Leg spinners pitch in



MANY men like to have a bit of a tinker with timber, and some, like Paul and Joe McCabe, go a little overboard.

The brothers accepted a challenge from Grafton man Greg Ryan to turn five hoop pine legs for a 10.3-metre table destined for Roches Hotel in Grafton.

This was no ordinary weekend tinker. The table top has been cut from a single slab of black-butt and is being cured at the Notaras timber mill at South Grafton.

It is said to be the largest single slab table top ever attempted. It is to be sanded by commercial floor sander Bob Stout and will be coated in natural organ oil.

Each of the five legs come from 400mm diameter hoop pine logs donated by Big River Timbers and are being turned on an industrial lathe modified for the big job. They take a day each to turn.

Mr Ryan said the table would need to be constructed in the hotel as it would not fit through the doors or windows.



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