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DIY MODERN LIVE EDGE CAKE STAND

  • November 27, 2017
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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.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      I visited a local sawmill to get a few red cedar slabs that are approximate 20" in diameter and 3" thick.

    2. Step: 2

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      I used a chisel to remove the outer bark to reveal a smooth, paint-ready surface.

    3. Step: 3

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      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.

    4. Step: 4

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      I over-poured the epoxy so that I could smooth everything out with a belt sander once it was cured.

    5. Step: 5

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      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.

    6. Step: 6

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      I sanded the top to 400 grit with my palm sander.

    7. Step: 7

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      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.

    8. Step: 8

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      Out of a second slab, I cut a circle 6.5" in diameter with my jigsaw.

    9. Step: 9

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      I used a disk sander to smooth out my cuts, then palm sanded the base to 220 grit.

    10. Step: 10

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      After masking the base and the top of the slab, I applied 4 light coats of satin white spray paint.

    11. Step: 11

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      I epoxy'd the base to the center of the bottom of the slab.

    12. Step: 12

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      After the epoxy set, I added a couple more coats of paint to blend everything.

    13. Step: 13

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      Once the paint cured overnight, I removed all my masking tape to reveal the beautiful cedar underneath.

    14. Step: 14

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      I used cutting board oil as a finish. it's food safe and easy to apply.

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DIY MODERN LIVE EDGE CAKE STAND

by Modern Builds
Nov 27, 2017
Medium 9d0d89f5 aea2 4f6c a7ee 15f00b7ca2d9

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.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 0d2f8a02 4b64 4949 a034 b6151cca94ae

    I visited a local sawmill to get a few red cedar slabs that are approximate 20" in diameter and 3" thick.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 47e388b3 4ab4 4218 aec4 67f9376f294c

    I used a chisel to remove the outer bark to reveal a smooth, paint-ready surface.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge ba1d3b88 0c2d 4b2e 9533 8477b01254ee

    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.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 19afaab2 c3a4 4682 99b6 9e1099d15c29

    I over-poured the epoxy so that I could smooth everything out with a belt sander once it was cured.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 44d6cf4e 85ea 4824 90fc 4dc527b514d9

    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.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge aabbe367 eb45 401f 8b23 0106ed1ddb9b

    I sanded the top to 400 grit with my palm sander.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge b297824a d021 434c 9f5b 542999930e35

    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.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge cb49e5f3 7ae1 4b2c 91c1 ea6c7bb39e52

    Out of a second slab, I cut a circle 6.5" in diameter with my jigsaw.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 55ab575a 5fbf 4f1f b814 10da961c9b1d

    I used a disk sander to smooth out my cuts, then palm sanded the base to 220 grit.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge 987b8fcd 470d 41a5 b0c8 7e64c39363dc

    After masking the base and the top of the slab, I applied 4 light coats of satin white spray paint.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge 1b90f2c2 14d1 41ee 9157 e628b3429ba8

    I epoxy'd the base to the center of the bottom of the slab.

  12. Step: 12
    Huge 24dc7fe2 b232 49b4 8d56 d550054ab027

    After the epoxy set, I added a couple more coats of paint to blend everything.

  13. Step: 13
    Huge eb690da1 823b 4238 81fa 62e785ba8cea

    Once the paint cured overnight, I removed all my masking tape to reveal the beautiful cedar underneath.

  14. Step: 14
    Huge f402ae77 8341 4248 916f 62dc70c23425

    I used cutting board oil as a finish. it's food safe and easy to apply.