How to make a customized three-tiered dessert stand

Inspiration Editor Sara Duck shows how to make a customized three-tiered dessert stand.
The best part? It dismantles easily for quick storage!

You will need the following materials and tools before you start:

  • Three plates (small, medium and large) in your style of choice
  • Handle hardware. I sourced mine from eBay
  • Safety glasses – because accidents can happen!
    It’s best to be safe!
  • Power drill
  • 1/4-in. ceramic drill bit
  • 1/4-in. diamond drill bit
  • Sharpie marker
  • Ruler
  • Gorilla or Duct tape
  • Piece of wood

Step 1:
On the front of the plate, find the centre by using a ruler to measure and mark a dot.

Step 2:
Turn the plate over and put a piece of reinforced tape such as Gorilla or Duct tape in the centre, on the back of the plate. Smooth out any air bubbles. The tape helps to keep the plate from splintering once you begin drilling.

Step 3:
Turn the plate face up. Place a piece of wood under the plate to avoid damaging your tabletop. Put safety glasses on! Drill a pilot hole using the 1/4-in. ceramic drill bit in the centre marking. Apply a good amount of pressure while drilling this pilot hole, so the drill bit doesn’t slip. A pilot hole does not go all the way through the plate. Make a strong indent without going all the way through; this will help the next bit drill easily to the plate.

Step 4:
Sprinkle a little water on the plate (to avoid burning out your drill), attach the 1/4-in. diamond grit drill bit and drill hole all the way through the plate. Depending on the quality of the plate, this could take 15 seconds or a few minutes. Be patient – don’t rush this process.

Step 5:
Once the holes are drilled, assemble the plates using hardware.

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