DIY MODERN LIVE EDGE CAKE STAND
In this article, along with the accompanying video, I'll be showing you how I built a modern cake stand from a slab of red cedar. I bought the slab from a local sawmill to ensure the wood was dry and so that I could start with a slab with two parallel faces rather than cutting the slab by hand with a chainsaw.
I always recommend buying locally, although there are also live edge slab dealers online. Typically, though, wood will be more affordable locally, plus you can inspect the pieces in person before buying them. I bought my slabs for $10 per piece.
I visited a local sawmill to get a few red cedar slabs that are approximate 20" in diameter and 3" thick.
Before pouring epoxy into any cracks and voids in the top of the slab, I used masking tape on the bottom of the slab to prevent any leaks.
I used an 80 grit belt to remove the bulk of the material, then used a 150 grit belt to remove the sanding marks from the more aggressive belt.
I applied a coat of epoxy to the bottom of the slab. this epoxy will work into the crack and help to prevent them from getting any larger as the slab continues to cure.
Once the paint cured overnight, I removed all my masking tape to reveal the beautiful cedar underneath.