Build this elegant stand using a stock table leg from a home center. In fact, the table leg featured in this project was under $3! Once you’ve selected a leg style, just add a molding block or rosette to act as a Base, holding the stand in place, and a plate or circular piece of plywood as the Top.

 

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Cost: $10

Time: 30 Minutes

Difficulty: Easy. Once the circular top is cut using a jigsaw, just screw the three pieces together to complete the assembly.

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Tape Measure or Ruler

Drill/Driver

Jigsaw

Pliers

12-inch Bar Clamp

¾ inch Plywood – Use scrap plywood or a small project panel from a Home Center. You can also glue a plate In place of this piece of the project.

6-inch Table Leg to make the Stand

Rosette to make the Base

2-inch Wood Screws

Nail

Paint Stick

Top – Make a circular cut 11½ inches in diameter

 

Steps

 

1. Prep the Stand

 

Using pliers, remove the threaded rod from the top of the table leg to prep the Stand.
DIY Cake Stand by Build Basic - Step 1

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Place the Stand upright on the rosette, which will act as the Base. Using a tape measure or ruler, center the Stand on the Base.
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3. Mark the Placement of the Stand

 

Using a pencil, outline the placement of the Stand on the Base.
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4. Attach the Stand to the Base

 

Flip the Base and Stand upside down. Apply wood glue to the end of the Stand. Using the marks made in Step 3, realign the Base on the Stand. Clamp the pieces to the work surface using a bar clamp. Using a drill/driver, create two pilot holes that run through the Base and into the Stand. Now drive two 2-inch wood screws through the Base and into the Stand to hold the pieces together.
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5. Create a Circle-Drawing Tool

 

To outline the circular Top, first drill two pilot holes 5¾ inches apart on a paint stick.
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6. Outline the Circular Top

 

Create a pivot point for the paint stick by driving a nail through one of the holes and into the center of the plywood panel. Place a pencil in the remaining hole, and pivot around the nail to outline the circular Top.
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7. Cut Out the Top

 

Using a jigsaw, cut the circular Top marked in Step 6 from the piece of plywood.
DIY Cake Stand by Build Basic - Step 7

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8. Sand the Top

 

Soften the cut edges with a sanding sponge or palm sander.
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9. Drill a Pilot Hole in the Stand

 

Using a drill/driver, create a pilot hole centered in the top of the Stand.
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10. Attach the Top

 

Using a drill/driver, create a pilot hole in the center of the Top. Drive a 2-inch screw through the Top until it pokes slightly through the underside of the plywood. Now place the tip of the screw into the pilot hole in the Stand. Lower the Top onto the Stand, and then drive the fastener the rest of the way through the Top and into the Stand. To prevent the Top from spinning, predrill and sink an addition 2-inch wood screw through the Top and into the Stand.
DIY Cake Stand by Build Basic - Step 10

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4 thoughts on “Build a DIY Cake Stand

  1. Fabuladico

    I thought this interesting, but I think if I built it, I’d use something more attractive, and more resilient and cleanable; maybe oak or cherry. Understandably there might be some joinery, which might make things less basic, but all in all, a nicer project.

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