Sometimes my woodworking and culinary sides "clash"

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Project by oldskoolmodder posted 10-07-2008 09:11 PM 3760 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I have mentioned a few times in passing that I also have a culinary background as well as having been a woodworker for a very very long time. A few years ago, while working in a fine dining restaurant as a sous chef, I decided I wanted to also know how to decorate cakes, figuring it would be a nice thing to have on my side, should I ever decide to get more into that side of cooking/baking. The class itself was fun, but as the only guy in the class, I made a few women mad by, as one put it, “moving in on a woman’s territory. The instructor was especially mad when I decided NOT to buy a cake turntable from her shop, and the next week, showed up with this “masterpiece”. Hey, I saved over $50 by using scraps in my wood shop. Plus the cake turntables she sold were made of cheap plastic. There was NO WAY I was going to spend $50+ on plastic. Now that I think about it, I saved even more, because I made the top “universal” so it could accept different sized tops for different sized cakes.

Here are a few additional pics. The round top is great for standard 9” cakes, but also works for up to 12” rounds, if needed. The rectangular top is mostly for 13” x 9” “sheet” cakes. The tops both fit on pretty tight, so there’s NO worry about movements at the wrong time, while icing or decorating a cake.

Scraps used were 3/4” soft maple, 3/4” red oak, 1/4” luan (for the tops) and a few small pieces of cheap 3/4” pine. I really didn’t want to cut down any large pieces if I didn’t have to. Also, a 6” lazy susan for something like $2.49, I believe. Throw in a few screws and some wood glue and there you have it. There’s no need for a finish of any kind, as the tops are covered with aluminum foil (a few layers).

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#1 posted 10-08-2008 01:45 AM

Ric, Great idea and a good savings. The interchangeable top is a real good idea, my father actually decorates cakes as he has background in the culinary arts. I may have to borrow this idea as a gift for him.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 10-08-2008 01:48 AM


My culinary background is sitting at the dinner table too often. I like to cook and have been designing a lot of my projects for kitchen/dining room uses.

Thanks for another idea!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 10-08-2008 01:52 AM

It’s all yours. Really, we all know from experience that we’re tight (thinking) with our money, if we think we can make it better & cheaper. Often times, we CAN make it cheaper in materials, but it’s the time that it takes to construct, that makes us realize that we actually did it for the love of our craft, not to save money.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#4 posted 10-08-2008 12:43 PM

Great idea. I could use something similar for decorating and finishing bowls. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 10-09-2008 02:46 PM

As a private/personal chef… allow me to say “great execution to a versatile project!” A lot of my projects tend to lean toward the food side of life as well. Again, very nice work! ~Joel

-- "Never take yourself too seriously, 'cus everybody knows fat birds don't fly!"

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