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Project by hotncold posted 04-17-2014 05:38 PM 1948 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You’ve probably seen many examples of candy dispensers but I made this one for my grandson’s 4th birthday. It is all poplar with a plexiglass front (so you can watch the fun). The top is held in place with 2 rare earth magnets for easily loading more candy. This one dispenses M&M’s or Skittles. The whole thing was finished with high gloss poly. I loved making this and the kids enjoying it.

Here is a link to a Youtube video showing the kid’s “discovering” how to use it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgtQVb-MmkI&feature=youtu.be

-- Dennie - Tennessee





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#1 posted 04-17-2014 07:06 PM

I built one of these for my adult nephew when he was a little tike. He knew if he got candy he had to eat it. He like to watch it fall. I think he ate until he got sick on the sugar.

BTW, Nice job. Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 04-17-2014 07:20 PM

Thanks Grandpa – It seems my grandkids would rather watch it fall than eat the candy. They just keep reloading the same candy over and over!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#3 posted 04-18-2014 07:25 PM

I have seen a lot of these and always wonder what is the angle of the slats and how long are they.

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#4 posted 04-18-2014 07:33 PM

Richard – I don’t think there is a “right” answer to either of those questions. If you look at photo 2 above, I just laid the slats across the frame and chose an angle that was pleasing to me. The objective is to make sure to have enough angle to make sure the candy will not get hung up but not so steep as to “freefall”.
As for the length, I wanted them as long as possible but still leave enough space between the lower end of the slat and the wall of the frame, again, so the candy would not hang up.
I didn’t measure the angles or length but I would guess that my angles were approximately 45 degrees from the side wall.
Hope this helps and Thanks!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#5 posted 04-18-2014 09:53 PM

Thanks for the info , I might have to try one of these.

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#6 posted 04-19-2014 03:29 PM

That’s cool.

-- So many tools, so little money. *heavy sigh*

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#7 posted 05-13-2014 11:45 AM

That’s awesome Dennie. Kiddos luv stuff like this. Good one.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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