How to make a tiered server.
Dec 4, 2010Limited, anyone with the link
Photo: Mmmm, petit fours.   

Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't see you there.  Are you here for the tutorial on how to make a tiered server?  Come on in and I'll show you how to do it.
Photo: The first thing you'll need are some plates.  We used a plate and a saucer and they came from eBay, from a lot containing assorted vintage kitchen toys.  But you could check thrift shops, flea markets, discount and dollar stores.  It doesn't matter if the pattern is ugly or worn out, a can of spray paint can make them look pretty and new.

Use an electric drill with a 3/16" drill bit to drill a hole in the center of each plate.  

(These plates are plastic.  If you're using china or glass plates you will need to use a special ceramic drill bit.)
Photo: See, a fresh coat of paint makes everything better!
Photo: You will also need:

1 - 3/16" x 3" machine screw
3 - 3/16" nuts
1 - 3/16" cap nut
and a drinking stray cut into 2 pieces (I'll tell you the measurements later.)
Photo: I used a piece of aluminum pipe instead of the drinking straw.  (I found it at the hobby shop.)  But it was a pain to cut and the sharp edges needed to be filed down.   

I highly recommend using a straw.  It's much easier  to cut and it's cheaper and it really doesn't make a difference when everything is done.
Photo: You will also need a base.  Here are 2 different kinds of wooden candle cups that I found at the craft store and painted white but you could use just about anything that has a hole in the middle.  (If you don't use a base, your plate will wobble.)
Photo: Start by screwing the larger plate onto your screw and add a nut.
Photo: Cut a piece of the drinking straw 1 1/2" long and slip that onto the screw.  Add another nut.
Photo: Add the smaller plate and the last nut.
Photo: Cut another piece of drinking straw 1/2" long and slip that onto the screw.  Add the cap nut to the top.
Photo: Place the plate on top of the candle cup.  Glue it in place, or not. 

I didn't glue mine because I want to be able to take it apart for storage.
Photo: Add the treats of your choice and enjoy!

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