How to Make a Cake Stand Out of Wood

Written by cheryl torrie
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To make a cake stand out of wood, without using any complicated wood tools, you have to have ingenuity and a touch of design savvy. Most commercial cake stands are round for layer cakes that you want to display prominently. But by making one yourself you can make it in any shape you want. Wood is a great medium for a homemade cake stand because after a little shopping in a large home improvement store, craft store or trim outlet you will see that wood craftsmen have already done the hard part, cutting, shaping and carving the wood for you.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wood pieces
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Food safe wood sealer
  • Wood glue
  • Painter's tape
  • Mild detergent

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Instructions

    Round Cake Stand

  1. 1

    Shop for the cake stand elements. You will need a top section on which to place your cake along with a pedestal and a optional base to add design balance. Great options for your top include a flooring or ceiling medallion or a crosscut wood plaque. They are already round and the medallions are usually done with beautiful inlay. Good pedestal options are coffee table legs or a smooth flat cut tree limb. Round bun cut furniture feet or small medallions work for bases. The possible components that are already cut are limitless.

  2. 2

    Lightly sand any unfinished pieces with a fine grit sandpaper. Wipe them clean with a sponge dipped in a mild detergent and water solution. Stain and seal the pieces to match the finished pieces. Use food safe products and follow the label instructions.

  3. 3

    Assemble your pieces by liberally applying wood glue to the bottom of the pedestal piece and placing it onto the centre top of the base. Secure it with painter's tape so that it does not shift. Then glue the top of the pedestal and place the top piece centred on the pedestal. Place a heavy object on the cake stand until the glue has dried. Remove the painter's tape and clean with a mild food safe detergent before using.

    Alternate Shaped Cake Stand

  1. 1

    Shop for ready made pieces to use for your cake stand. Top options include wooden items such as serving trays, medallions and 3/4-inch lumber cut to your dimensions at the hardware store or cabinet makers workshop. Coffee table legs or 6-inch furniture feet work well as pedestal options. Short, wide furniture feet or square medallions are available for bases. Matching the top, pedestal and base design is possible with some shopping savvy.

  2. 2

    Lightly sand any unfinished pieces with a fine grit sandpaper. Wipe them clean with a sponge dipped in a mild detergent and water solution. Stain and seal the pieces to match the finished pieces. Use food safe products and follow the label instructions.

  3. 3

    Assemble your pieces by liberally applying wood glue to the bottom of the pedestal piece and placing it onto the centre top of the base. Secure it with painter's tape so that it does not shift. Then glue the top of the pedestal and place the top piece centred on the pedestal. Place a heavy object on the cake stand until the glue has dried. Remove the painter's tape and clean with a mild food-safe detergent before using.

Tips and warnings

  • With a square or rectangular cake stand, using four pedestals and equal-sized top and bottom adds a different design element.
  • Wood medallions and furniture pieces are available at online outlets.
  • Finish the edges and bottoms of your pieces to maximise their impact and seal the wood.
  • Never submerge your cake stand in water. It will damage the glue. Wash it with a sponge dipped in a mild dish detergent and water solution.
  • Always use a paper doily between the cake stand and the cake to avoid the moisture from the cake harming the wood's surface.

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