How Can I Make A Crooked Cake Stand From Pvc?

Lounge By mom2my3girlz Updated 15 Jul 2010 , 9:37pm by cutthecake

mom2my3girlz Posted 15 Jul 2010 , 6:37pm
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Is there a way I can make one of these stands? The one in the picture? I think it will be less expensive this way.

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1741436.html

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Doug Posted 15 Jul 2010 , 7:06pm
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yes...

see this site:
http://www.flexpvc.com/cart/agora.cgi?product=PVC-Elbows-11-degree

note the 11degree elbows. (these also come in 22 and 45 degrees)

BUT -- inexpensive? NOT.

you'd need two of these -- one at the top of the bottom tier to make the first turn and another at the top of the second tier for the second turn.

straight sections would run between turns to bottom of next cake.

straight sections would also run inside bottom and middle tiers.

would need 4 flanges as well:
http://www.flexpvc.com/cart/agora.cgi?product=PVC-Flanges-VanStone

on top of board under bottom tier.

bottom and top of board for middle tier

bottom of board for top tier

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now that Bronwen Webber has made such a stand commercially available, I doubt I'd make my own.

http://www.caljavaonline.com/cakestudy1-bround-lg.htm

her's is ready to go and uses fewer parts (and a different method -- straight pvc tube has been bent to the desired angle. Bending PVC can be done at home, but has various hazards, including possible toxic fumes, associated with doing it)

cutthecake Posted 15 Jul 2010 , 7:19pm
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Hey, Doug, great resource. Have you run across a place that sells the same types of components(plates and rods and connectors) in plexiglass or Lucite or melamine? Thanks.
Hmmm. What is used for plates on the PVC stand?
Thanks.

Doug Posted 15 Jul 2010 , 7:24pm
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Originally Posted by cutthecake

Hey, Doug, great resource. Have you run across a place that sells the same types of components(plates and rods and connectors) in plexiglass or Lucite or melamine? Thanks.
Hmmm. What is used for plates on the PVC stand?
Thanks.




re: pleixglass, lucite -- would be a custom job and would be from solid bar stock not hollow for the most part. Big $$ not matter how done.

melamine - not used of this type of application.

CLEAR pvc pipe does exist

plates can be wood or plastic -- anything that will hold a screw securely. (or can go nuts and bolts route)

cutthecake Posted 15 Jul 2010 , 7:30pm
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Thanks!

Wow! Clear PVC looks fun--and it comes in sheets, but it's expensive!
http://www.clearpvcpipe.com/clearpvcsheet.aspx

cutthecake Posted 15 Jul 2010 , 7:38pm
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Doug,
What could you use for the plates, if not wood? What kind of plastic? I thought melamine would be good for the plates, but I can't find it anywhere.
Thanks.

Doug Posted 15 Jul 2010 , 9:16pm
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melamine is use for dinnerware and in very thin sheets as a counter topping.

as a counter topping it needs a substrate -- usually plywood or mdf.

for plates like these thin mdf, plywood or even masonite would work.

as for plastic -- any food safe plastic that is at least 1/4 inch thick and inflexible at small sizes (lexan, lucite, plexiglass, etc.) can be used. Just have to have the proper tools, glues and techniques for working with it.

cutthecake Posted 15 Jul 2010 , 9:37pm
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Thanks again! I 'm sorry--I didn't mean to turn you into my personal shopper. Thanks for being so gracious. (I DO love hardware stores.)

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