How Do I Attach A Dowel Rod Into My Cake Board?

Decorating By YamunaJivana Updated 25 Nov 2013 , 8:55pm by Smckinney07

YamunaJivana Posted 25 Nov 2013 , 4:23pm
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Are there any good tutorials online that you've found?

 

I am going to be making a Cat in the Hat cake and would like some extra support. I've heard that you can use a dowel in the center and actually attach it with a washer and screw type of thing.

 

Anyone familiar and can lend some advice on how to do that? Or if you can link me to a tutorial that shows how it is done I would appreciate it greatly! :D 

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CherriesonTop Posted 25 Nov 2013 , 4:43pm
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you can use a plumbing flange if your board is wood, here is an example of what I mean:

 

http://artisancakecompany.com/2013/05/halo-helmet-cake-tutorial/

-K8memphis Posted 25 Nov 2013 , 6:19pm
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another idea to add to cherriesontop's is

 

you could hot glue your cake board onto a piece of half inch to one inch styrofoam--where the foam can be smaller than the board so you don't have to piddle with decorating it or anything--it just hides under the board--and you can put your dowel into that--

 

and be careful to hot glue in areas you will not want to be penetrating with a dowel --

 

this works for a lot of sculptures--of course taller and more precarious ones you would want to break out the flange deal, etc.

 

say your board is 12 x 12 -- your foam could be 9x9 --something like that and an inch thick or whatever

YamunaJivana Posted 25 Nov 2013 , 6:20pm
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Perfect! That is exactly the kind of tutorial I was needing :D

 

Thank you!

YamunaJivana Posted 25 Nov 2013 , 6:26pm
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Quote:

Originally Posted by -K8memphis 
 

another idea to add to cherriesontop's is

 

you could hot glue your cake board onto a piece of half inch to one inch styrofoam--where the foam can be smaller than the board so you don't have to piddle with decorating it or anything--it just hides under the board--and you can put your dowel into that--

 

and be careful to hot glue in areas you will not want to be penetrating with a dowel --

 

this works for a lot of sculptures--of course taller and more precarious ones you would want to break out the flange deal, etc.

 

say your board is 12 x 12 -- your foam could be 9x9 --something like that and an inch thick or whatever

 

 

It's hard for me to visualize this. So the dowel will punch through the cakeboard and into the styrofoam which has been glued to the underside of the cakeboard?

 

Have you tried this before? Do you have any pictures?

-K8memphis Posted 25 Nov 2013 , 7:13pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by YamunaJivana 
 

 

 

It's hard for me to visualize this. So the dowel will punch through the cakeboard and into the styrofoam which has been glued to the underside of the cakeboard?

 

Have you tried this before? Do you have any pictures?

 

 

you described it perfectly--i don't think i have a picture--sure i've used it a million times--especially good for tall narrow purses (purse cake sculptures) i'd use three dowel pushed into foam underneath--one in the middle and on on each end

 

i mean it's the exact same thing as the pictorial with light weight materials for lighter sculptures -- 

 

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this is to scale so it's pretty tall & spindley

CherriesonTop Posted 25 Nov 2013 , 7:18pm
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Quote:

Originally Posted by -K8memphis 
 

 

 

you described it perfectly--i don't think i have a picture--sure i've used it a million times--especially good for tall narrow purses (purse cake sculptures) i'd use three dowel pushed into foam underneath--one in the middle and on on each end

 

i mean it's the exact same thing as the pictorial with light weight materials for lighter sculptures -- 

 

*

 

this is to scale so it's pretty tall & spindley

I agree this is a great idea for something smaller and cheaper as well, I like it. Great idea

Smckinney07 Posted 25 Nov 2013 , 8:55pm
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Ahttp://morselsbymark.blogspot.com/2013/05/tutorial-making-sound-structure-for.html

When I use this system, rather them using the squares underneath I use another board. The squares are a nice idea for moving the cake.

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