Making Candy #2: Bits and Pieces

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Blog entry by Andy posted 03-16-2010 03:32 PM 3268 reads 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I started out to make the candy, I thought I would just simply cut up my scraps and sand them smooth.
This worked for some pieces, but I soon found that a more systematic approach was needed for consistancy.
I wasted half a day making pretty pieces, shaped all willy nilly that were impossible to fit into the tray without leaving gaps everywhere. I did think about bedding the pieces in a liquid resin, but figured it would either set up before all the pieces were in, or flow over the rim when full, so I passed on that idea.

So, I figured the best approach was to have a plan.

I wanted a mix of colors, sizes and shapes, yet they all needed to fit in the tray pretty snuggly.
I decided it was best to make up “Bars” of candy and then cut them into bite sized pieces.
I would start with the largest and place them in the tray and work around them until I found a pattern I liked.
I also needed to safely work with smaller pieces, so much of the cutting was done on the bandsaw, or using double stick tape or super glue to hold them.

On with the show.
This first photo shows the cutoff mitered ends from making the sides of my boxes. I alternated colors and glued them together, then sanded them flat afterwards, then sliced off strips to make the pieces shown below. Flipping them onto the edge gives a new look to the same pieces.

Making Candy 014

I also glued up 4 pieces to make a bar and then sliced off thick pieces then drilled a 3/8 hole to insert contrasting plugs.
Making Candy 003

This photo shows some strips of various woods and thicknesses I glued together. I used some of this for candy but also for the Fat Boy corner spline.
Making Candy 008


Thats all for now, I need to get to the gym and then work. I was hoping to get all the photos on this page but Flickr no longer allows embeded frames, so using the mini browser is out. I found away around it, but its slower.
One more chapter should do it. Stay tuned.
Thanks for reading, hope this makes sense. Sorry about any typos, I am rushed this morning :-)

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#1 posted 03-16-2010 04:21 PM

Thats cool Andy. Nice designs.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#2 posted 03-16-2010 05:39 PM

Great stuff here Andy ! Thanks for posting this

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#3 posted 03-16-2010 05:57 PM

Great ideas and safety tips…thanks Andy.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#4 posted 03-16-2010 06:39 PM

Fascinating Andy. Thanks for sharing


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#5 posted 03-16-2010 11:12 PM



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#6 posted 03-17-2010 12:01 AM

Good enough to eat.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 03-17-2010 12:11 AM

This thing is just amazing. Your boxes have evolved, taking on a life and character of their own. Good luck in the fww scrap contest.Thanks for taking the time to blog these boxes too!

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#8 posted 03-17-2010 02:51 AM

I’m still amazed at this box. Simply wonderful Andy.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#9 posted 03-17-2010 02:59 AM

Ok i see, it’s a bit of work but i’ll leave it to you for now anyway. when i get the “nuts”, LOL to try i’ll post it. Andy thanks for the info.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#10 posted 03-17-2010 05:18 AM

Thanks everyone! Glad you still like it. I hope this little blog answers some of the questions I have been getting.
The final chapter is about done, stay tuned.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#11 posted 03-18-2010 02:05 AM

This is so flippin’ amazing.

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