Picture of Make a cake stand
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.

Tools used
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.
shazni2 years ago
Soo beautiful! Hmm... Saving up for a chopsaw... Will have to try and make a homemade lathe till I save up for the lathe too!
SlickSqueegie (author)  shazni2 years ago
Thank you Shazni.
You can get a decent lathe for cheap at harbor freight. From what I saw, they actually work well and are an excellent buy for the price. Especially if you are just getting into it.
I have a harbor freight lathe, works great for small projects.
HollyMann2 years ago
Looks wonderful as usual! Someday I will buy a lathe!! :)
SlickSqueegie (author)  HollyMann2 years ago
Thanks Holly, you will not regret it!
SlickSqueegie (author)  freely dandelion2 years ago
Thank you
Looks Amazing :) I agree with Holly , Ahhhh...someday :]
SlickSqueegie (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya2 years ago
Thanks! They really are versatile and fun! not to mention addicting as heck.
So beautiful! I want that cake and I want that stand! Also, "Cherry on top" Brilliant!
SlickSqueegie (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
:) I thought the same thing though, I didn't plan it that way lol. Thank you . The cake was just a store-bought. I'm a Woodworker, not a Baker! :)
So so pretty!
SlickSqueegie (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thank you soo much.