Cake Holder : looking forward to see it in use !

  • Advertise with us
Project by loupitou06 posted 05-25-2009 06:53 AM 1451 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked me to build this cake holder for a friend anniversary at the end of the month.

The plates are 1/4” plywood rough cutted with a jigsaw and routed on my router table with a simple jig : a scrap of 3/4” runner with a pin in my miter slot.
The pole is 4/4 cherry laminated pieces and rounded with 3/8 round over bit. I’ve drilled a hole in the center for a dowel so that the tower can be stored in three compact pieces.

The plywood was very smelly when cut so I sealed it with shellac for the odor, then finish with “salad bowl” finish and a coat of wax.

I can tell you that I am looking forward to see this one in use :)

-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

6 comments so far

View savannah505's profile


1812 posts in 3552 days

#1 posted 05-25-2009 06:59 AM

Now to make the wooden cake with caulking icing. Good job.

-- Dan Wiggins

View a1Jim's profile


117063 posts in 3543 days

#2 posted 05-25-2009 07:45 AM

I don’t know were the plywood came from but the fact that you said it had a strong odor I would be concerned that it could be plywood made in china were some plywood has a very high formaldehyde content. and of course this would not be something you want to contack food. other than that concern it looks great.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View loupitou06's profile


137 posts in 3292 days

#3 posted 05-25-2009 07:57 AM

The sticker on the plywood said “Made in Ecuador” and my hope is that the combination of shellac and salad bowl finish will seal the wood real good.

I’ve also ask my wife to place the cake on some cardboard anyway.

Thanks for watching

-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

View scrappy's profile


3506 posts in 3396 days

#4 posted 05-25-2009 08:16 AM

Looks good. That would hold a lot of cakes. Looks bery functional.

The plywood sounds like a concern that you have addressed with the finish and cardbouard.

Keep up the good work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

View jockmike2's profile


10635 posts in 4213 days

#5 posted 05-25-2009 01:04 PM

Yea, these days ya never know what yer gonna get.. I heard on here I think someone found a razorblade inside a piece of plywood. Would’nt bother some of these kids nowdays. Go right along with the ring in their nose.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

View Bubba95966's profile


3 posts in 3275 days

#6 posted 05-26-2009 04:41 PM

Based upon the coloring and grain of the plywood, I am guessing that the specie is perhaps a Virola or Pine type from Ecuador. One of the problems with South American material – Virola specifically – is that the logs pickup bacteria as they are floated to the mills in the rivers. Thereafter the bacteria die and give off a stinky odor. There are also certain species that do give off a strong odor. For example California White Fir is used extensively for pallets in California and the material stinks to high heaven. The nickname of the White Fir is “Piss Fir” for obvious reasons when you are within smelling distance.

So fear not, the smell is not necessarily the moder day boogey man formaldehyde.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics