Well I got prototype 1 of my leveler. While it works great with one blade I think I need a stronger frame for 2 blades. Question...how many blades would you ever use at a time? Would you ever stack 2 2" cakes and do them all at once? Or would making one just big enough to tort and level a 3" be enough for the average baker? It definitely works better than the other medium priced ones on the market. I may post a video tomorrow if I get time to bake another cake. Didn't think about it today.
Now, about the cake stands...I do not have a lathe so I have subcontracted that part out. Right now he is making a mahogany and cherry natural wood square 14" and 3 paintable ones at 13". I know that is an odd size but I was able to get ahold of some precut wood in that size. I now know why quality cake stands are not cheap!! Next comes the balance and weight testing...
I'm using you folks as my research and development team, so if you think of anything that you love about a particular cake stand or leveler please let me know...
AI would probably never use more than 2 blades at a time. MAYBE 3. Maybe. The frame for the leveler looks good so far! I can see where it's headed!
AIf your cake is not exactly 2" tall, the 1/2" increments aren't going to work to halve it. Same with dividing a 2" tier in thirds--it doesn't divide evenly into 1/2" increments. Am I missing something? I don't have any sort of leveler, so maybe I'm just not thinking it through right.
With the Wilton and other levelers you have 5 different set levels. The Fat Daddio you can set to any level but it doesn't stay put when you are using it and it is not free standing. The only one on the market that does EVERYTHING is the Agbay but it is $125 for a single blade and $195 for a double blade. The Fat Daddio is $60 and everyone hates it. The Wilton is $25 and completely useless. I am trying to come up with something better than most medium priced levelers aimed at the hobbyist.
I am going to cut it down to cut no more than a 3 inch cake in 1/2" increments. Then add another support bar across the top. Next go-round I will use heavier steel also. It pulls the bars inward when I put tension on the blades. It is hard to figure what the cost will be yet since I bought more stuff than I need and wasn't charged for the welding/drilling
A1/4" increments would be fantastic if possible with your design. Looks great so far!
I like that the Agbay is completely adjustable for the heights , but would really like it to "click" in place, or something, so I know it is level, without having to bend over, lol. Maybe I am just old, but it hurts my back to always have my face in my Agbay. 1/2 is way to big of an increment, but I wouldn't be happy with anything larger than an 1/8, to 1/16" increments for blade placement.
I also hat the knobs on the Agbay, I wish it were a lever. But I still love my Agbay, even with the faults.
Anna, I cannot compete with the Agbay at the price point I am trying to sell to. But a suggestion for you, go to Lowe's or Home Depot and but a mini level with a viewing windo from the top. You can stick a magnet to it and put it on your blade when leveling it. That will eliminate the need to get on eye level with your blade.
Jennicake, with the current design I don't think I could go to 1/4" for the first balde without drilling through a weld. Would it work if the first one was 1/2" and then 1/4" thereafter? I will investigate a way to make it in 1/4" increments.
BatterUpCake -- I think if the first one was 1/2" and then 1/4" thereafter it would be perfect. I'm not sure how many people need the very bottom layer to be 1/4" thick, so it probably isn't necessary to take it lower than that. Very excited to watch your progress!
That's what I thought too. Meeting with my metal guy tomorrow
I realized though that I had already started another thread on this awhile back so I am going to post my updates there