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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I saw this cake structure/support and my question is how the round wooden board is attached to the pole and what is holding it in its place? I have attached a picture.
LL
post #2 of 15
It could be done as in this tutorial:

http://sweeteatscakes.blogspot.com/2010/12/topsy-turvy-stand-tutorial.html

(where the board is actually resting on the angled cut of the PVC pipe, and the PVC pipe sections are slipped over the internal center metal pipe.)
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
thanks,,,any other suggestions? icon_biggrin.gif
post #4 of 15
When hubby made me one, he used a nut looking thing. He says he thinks it was a female union? It all came back apart again- several times. Go to the hardware store and look around in the PVC/plumbing aisle.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
is this female union screwed to the wooden board? how does it attached to the wooden dowel?
post #6 of 15
Here is a link to a topic that I saved from cake central for this stand and they show how to make it on the 2nd or 3rd page.

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-665328.html
post #7 of 15
Meant she writes how her dad made it for her. HTH
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the link. but the pic that I posted, it is just a wooden pole and I can't see any pvc stopper.
post #9 of 15
No... I'd be willing to bet money that is a PVC pipe. There is a wooden dowel inside though. I am thinking that it's angle cut PVC with the board sandwiched in between. The PVC acts as a spacer and gives the board support and holds it in place.

I have built cupcake towers like this (nice and level though... LOL) and it works perfectly.
post #10 of 15
I assumed it was pvc, that's why I mentioned the union. If it's wood, then I dunno. icon_smile.gif
post #11 of 15
This is how I imagine it... a central wooden dowel attached to the base. PVC piping cut that the angle of your tilt slipped over the dowel... a wooden circle with a hole drilled in it that is not bigger than teh diameter of the PVC pipe so it won't slip down to support the tilted tier... another piece of PVC slipped over the dowel cut at the same angle to keep the board in place and provide the angle for the next floating tilted tier.... and so on until you are done.

You would have to drill your holes in the wodden cake boards at the right angle too or they won't sit tilted... maybe if you made it a little bigger than the width of the wooden dowel though it would be able to sit crooked without the angle.
LL
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
More I look at it, more I think it is PVC.. Thank you all for your help thumbs_up.gif
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
This is great! Thanks so much for the pic and explanation!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by lilmissbakesalot

This is how I imagine it... a central wooden dowel attached to the base. PVC piping cut that the angle of your tilt slipped over the dowel... a wooden circle with a hole drilled in it that is not bigger than teh diameter of the PVC pipe so it won't slip down to support the tilted tier... another piece of PVC slipped over the dowel cut at the same angle to keep the board in place and provide the angle for the next floating tilted tier.... and so on until you are done.

You would have to drill your holes in the wodden cake boards at the right angle too or they won't sit tilted... maybe if you made it a little bigger than the width of the wooden dowel though it would be able to sit crooked without the angle.
post #14 of 15
No problem at all! icon_biggrin.gif
post #15 of 15

So I tried this set up and found that the cakes have to be placed on the angle of the plate. We used a threaded rod and had the pvc slipped over the rod.  Also it is best to put the pvc pipe in the cake as you are stacking because then it will go together easier especially if you stack with multiple boards for support.  Meaning put the pvc into the cake on the angle of which it is going to rest on the center dowel/rod. The cake boards sat between the pipes nicely and were well supported. We put 2 nuts on the bottom side and then I realized I should have done the same for the top of the board to keep it from shifting when placing the cakes on top. But it did remain sturdy. 


The top cake was supposed to be a bag dumping everything out but the fondant was too heavy and the buttercream too soft and all my work fell off. This is the ugly repair with what I had left of the fondant. The whole set up is pretty sturdy but I think we put too much of an angle on our boards.

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