For Those Who Can't Afford An Agbay

Decorating By momma28 Updated 20 Jan 2016 , 12:49am by HollieN

momma28 Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 4:38pm
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If you are like me you have leveler envy icon_smile.gif I just couldnt bring myself to spend 175 dollars on an agbay so I initially asked my husband and his engineer friend to build me one. They looked at the one I had and said, why not modify that one? So here is what they came up with and it is so simple and so brilliant. It is rock steady, no wobbling and perfect leveling! The "feet" that we attached are made of UHMW (ultra high molecular weight) plastic. 1.5 inch by 4 inch pieces. It has almost no drag so it slides like you greased it. All u have to do is gently sand the edges and wash. Just make sure you dont overtighten the screws and tilt the leveler off plum.
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McMama Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 4:51pm
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Brilliant, just brilliant! I am putting my order in. What a great husband.

peg818 Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 4:52pm
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my problem with the wilton leveler was that the blade bowed on me. Threw mine in the trash, but that is awesome if that works for you.

momma28 Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 5:28pm
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actually my blade is quite rigid. You can replace the blade too if you want (my hubby and his friend also looked into this for me in case mine ever loosened) with a fine tooth hack saw blade (not galvanized just stainless steel) the blade in the wilton leveler is simply held in place by cotter pins. You cut the hacksaw blade to size, drill small holes for the cotter pin, slide it in and viola! Just thought I would put that out there. I bought a fine tooth blade but havent needed it yet.

2SchnauzerLady Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 5:38pm
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Thanks momma28 - I just fought with my Wilton leveler last night. But, since I have no hubby, I'll have to see if I can manage to put the feet on myself.

2SchnauzerLady Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 5:40pm
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Oh, forgot to ask - where do you get the UHMW plastic? Do hardware stores carry it?

solascakes Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 5:45pm
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Thanks for the tip OP.

Molly2 Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 5:57pm
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Wow love the idea where do you get the ultra high molecular weight

Molly

Delynn Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 7:00pm
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What store did you find the stainless steel blades at?

momma28 Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 10:46pm
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Originally Posted by Molly2

Wow love the idea where do you get the ultra high molecular weight

Molly




i believe lowes or home depot would carry it. my dh got it from work for me. I also did a quick google shopping search and found it available online for as little as 6.99.

I got my stainless steel backup blade from the local ace hardware.

And TNT I put them on myself. Hubby just came up with the idea and brought home the plastic. I cut it and attached. It drills SOOOO easy and I used #6 1/2 wood screws and they were the perfect size. I love to play with power tools icon_smile.gif

2SchnauzerLady Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 1:25am
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Thanks, Momma 28, that's a big help.

Molly2 Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 1:33am
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Thank You for sharing

Molly thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

cutthecake Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 1:37am
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momma28,
I love power tools, too! Sometimes I even let my husband use them. I made my 7-tier cupcake stand with several power tools.

Molly2 Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 3:11am
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Did you drill you holes though your plastic rounds of your leveler to connect your plastic blocks

Molly

ZlatkaT Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 3:18am
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OK, to keep the assembly level is fine, but the problem I observed was that the BLADE dove down, no matter how level I attempted to keep the base, my theory to use this device is to cut about 2 or3"inches completely around the cake, through the tougher outer cake, turning the cake as neccessary, and then,slowly, confronting (confronting may not be the proper term)the softer inner cake, slowly, turning as necc., it is certainly an inferior device, but, with practice,might produce adequate results.

momma28 Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 12:37pm
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Did you drill you holes though your plastic rounds of your leveler to connect your plastic blocks

Molly




Yes I did drill through the feet on the leveler into the uhmw extended feet.

Zlatka: My blade dove down without the feet because the slightest tilt (I would think I had my hand pretty darn steady) would change the angle of the blade so slightly but then that angle would grow as I moved. Also if I would press down on the top of the cake to hold it that would sometimes happen. This simple modification seems to have done the trick for me at least.

I totally understand those who have a real problem with the wilton leveler but for those of us who cant yet eat the $175 agbay price tag this is a usable option while we save icon_smile.gif

dhccster Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 6:58pm
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That is pretty cool. thumbs_up.gif

Homemade-Goodies Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 7:16pm
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I have a German brand Wilton knock-off, really awful! I'm going to see if I can follow your instructions, and find all the goodies locally....this may really save my nerves when layering my cakes!

Thanks....I'll let you know how it works out for me! thumbs_up.gif

vanz Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 7:26pm
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whAt is An Agbay?

sorry about the cApitAL a's... i hAve problem with my keyboArd.

momma28 Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 8:02pm
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whAt is An Agbay?

sorry about the cApitAL a's... i hAve problem with my keyboArd.




Agbay is a brand of cake leveler. It is top of the line, levels and tortes cakes to perfection. It is also $175 before tax and shipping so those of us withe a small cake business (hand raised here icon_biggrin.gif ) generally have some hesitation with buying it because of cost.

Molly2 Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 8:47pm
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Hubby is going to do this for me I went to Home Depot but then didn't carry the uhmw I will ry lowes tomorrow

Molly

SuzyNoQ Posted 12 Jul 2009 , 2:47pm
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My husband said he would do something similar for me, next time I get a 40% off coupon from somewhere that carries them I will get one for him to modify.

cutthecake Posted 25 Jul 2009 , 12:45am
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momma28,
I looked at Home Depot and Lowe's, and couldn't find the UHMW plastic. They didn't even know what it was.
What is UMHW used for? They asked me and I didn't know. What department would it be in? Is it sold in strips or sheets?
Thanks.

Molly2 Posted 25 Jul 2009 , 2:05am
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I too have looked at both stores and can't find it my hubby said its like the thick white plastic that cutting boards are made out of I have looked at walmart for these cuting boards they do have them but they are not smooth it needs to be smooth I'm still looking also

Molly icon_sad.gif

SuzyNoQ Posted 25 Jul 2009 , 2:38pm
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Originally Posted by Molly2

I too have looked at both stores and can't find it my hubby said its like the thick white plastic that cutting boards are made out of I have looked at walmart for these cuting boards they do have them but they are not smooth it needs to be smooth I'm still looking also

Molly icon_sad.gif




What about a cutting board? That is what my dh wants to use. (We should get a new one anyway becouse the middle is full of cut marks and doesn't seem to come clean anymore so when we get a new one we are cutting the skis from the edges of the old cutting board)

Molly2 Posted 25 Jul 2009 , 4:37pm
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Most cutting boards that I have looked at are ruff I think it needs to be smooth I'm going to keep looking

Molly

momma28 Posted 25 Jul 2009 , 11:33pm
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I dont know how a cutting board would work. UHMW has a very low rate of drag so it glides really easy. You can buy it cheap ( I have seen it for 6.99 a sheet) online. Would love to hear if the cuttingboard works. I love mine now that its modified. cuts just like in the agbay video icon_smile.gif

CakeVision Posted 25 Jul 2009 , 11:53pm
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Why not use cutting board and sand down to smooth?

momma28 Posted 26 Jul 2009 , 12:00am
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Im not saying not to I am just going buy the smoothness of my dense plastic cutting board as opposed to the uhmw. I guess just make sure it glides without stuttering, if you know what I mean. The uhmw glides like its greased.

Just my opinion.

Molly2 Posted 26 Jul 2009 , 1:17am
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momma28
can you tell me where online you found this I would love to order it

Molly

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