Wedding Cake Stand

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Project by TZH posted 07-02-2011 02:12 AM 1527 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Final phase of the commissioned work my friend’s daughter had me do for her wedding. This piece is made from lodgepole pine (pine beetle infestation) for the top and the base (each planed down to two inches thick). The pedestal is some kind of poplar (not sure what kind, actually). The client wanted the bark left on the poplar, and that’s what I did. It stands just under 12 inches high. Stability was a real issue with this one as I didn’t want the stand tipping over right in the middle of the wedding reception, so I made it very heavy with a wide enough base so that the only way it could topple would be if the whole table it sits on tips over. There was a lot of planing with my router planer and hand sanding to get just the right smoothness. I started with 60 grit to start with and progressively went to 400 grit for the last sanding before finishing. During finishing I did wet sanding first with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper and finally 0000 plastic (steel wool substitute) in between coats which gave it a really smooth finish. Started with two coats of dewaxed shellac and finished with two more coats of hand rubbed gloss Minwax poly. Final finish was one coat of Trewax brand wood polish. I’m very satisfied with the way it turned out. Didn’t have a wedding cake yet to set on it for the photos, and didn’t think a pizza would do it justice. So, all you get is the piece itself. Thanks for looking.



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#1 posted 07-02-2011 03:18 AM

I have never seen pine like that, the colors are amazing. You did a fantastic mixing of the woods. I would love to get awholed of some of the lodgepole pine, and create something. I have never used 0000 plastic to finish wood. Thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 07-02-2011 10:39 AM

What a great project, for that special day. I really like the bark left on. Your finish and sanding is perfect! One to be proud of!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 07-02-2011 01:18 PM

Hi5 from someone else who’s working on a wedding cake stand. As a bride this is stunning. It looks so well built it looks like you could support a whole person!

Amazing what these cake stands have to hold. My cake baker said it atleast had to support 75lbs! I sat on the base last night and it did not topple over! Success!

I hope the wedding is a blast! Awesome stand

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#4 posted 07-02-2011 05:05 PM

Very Nice Cake stand! I too like the bark left on, Great Job!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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Doug Nordberg

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#5 posted 07-08-2011 04:56 AM

Great idea, does it have a swivel on it? I will try 0000 plastic on the piece I’m working on!

-- Doug, Cody Wyo

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#6 posted 07-08-2011 04:25 PM

Doug, no this one doesn’t have a swivel on it, but future ones will. We thought these would make great pizza stands for family gatherings, too. The 0000 plastic is actually a steel wool synthetic. I bought mine at Home Depot, but I know other hardware stores stock them, as well. It’s a great product because you can use it to wet sand without worrying about the particles left behind from steel wool that can rust and ruin a piece. Also, it doesn’t scratch like some of the wet sandpaper I’ve used. Sometimes I’ll try to use wet sandpaper first, and then finish with the synthetic and that seems to work really well.



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#7 posted 10-19-2012 01:03 AM

Just doing some browsing and seen this. This is really awesome!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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