I saw this cake stand at Bed bath and beyond. My wife was going to buy it, when I stopped her and said No,
I can make that The top platter is 10-1/2" in diameter. The base is 7-1/2" in diameter. The entire thing stands 7" high. This is a great piece and could easily be used for many many other things. Cupcakes, veggie plate, cheese and cracker platter etc...
It has a Cherry top, Maple and Walnut legs and a Maple base. It is finished with polycrylic water based clear semi-gloss so nothing wet should sit directly on the platter, though it shouldn't hurt the finish if some frosting or something falls onto it. simply wipe it with a damp rag and wipe it dry. Wax it before and after each use to keep it protected for years to come.
Come along and I'll show you how I made this piece.
Step 1: Grab some wood
This cake stand consists of a lower disk (the base) its finished dimensions are 7 1/2" in diameter and is approximately 1" thick. This was 2 boards edge glued to form an 8" square board (rough square).
There are three legs that are 6 1/2" long and 2 1/2" diameter spindles glued up from some scrap maple and walnut.
Lastly, The top platter is 10 1/2" in diameter and 1"thick. It is made up from 3 cherry boards edge glued together to form one large 12" rough square board.
As far as large equipment, you need a Midi lathe with a large enough swing and drill press. I used my table saw as well as a miter saw however, these are not necessarily "must have" tools for this project. If you have large enough wood blanks already you are pretty much ready to go.
Pencil, straightedge, compass, angle square, spring punch or scratch awl 1/8" drill bit,
Sandpaper, tung oil, sealer, polycrylic clear semi-gloss finish and some food safe wax.