Keyed Tenon Shelf

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Project by clasher posted 02-20-2009 05:38 AM 3235 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this shelf to hold part of my sister’s Pez dispensers collection. I wanted to try my hand at tenons and made it knock down to make it easier to transport for Christmas.

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#1 posted 02-20-2009 01:36 PM

Very nice design. The tenons are impressive and the contrasting wood is stunning!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 02-20-2009 03:57 PM

This is a really great piece. I love the knock-down flexibility. Can I ask what wood types you used?

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#3 posted 02-20-2009 04:17 PM

Very nice display case.

Man she must have a lot of Pez dispensers.

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

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#4 posted 02-20-2009 06:24 PM

McLeanVA: I used Red Oak stained with Red Mahogany and Maple with shellac.

Karson: She probably has nearly a thousand dispensers, but luckily she already bought a few other nice display shelves that are special made for Pez dispensers.

Once my skills improve, I hope to copy her existing shelves. They have glass doors and two notched brackets with magnets on each shelf to clamp the dispensers’ feet.

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#5 posted 02-20-2009 10:15 PM

ok….here comes the dumb question….”what are pez dispensers”?

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#6 posted 02-21-2009 12:04 AM

PEZ was invented in 1927 in Austria as a compressed peppermint to be an alternative for smoking. The “PEZ” comes from the German word for peppermint, pfefferminz. Circa 1950 someone got the bright idea to sell the candy to kids and put characters on the top of the dispensers. The candy goes into a spring loaded shaft that gets pushed out the “neck” one at a time.

Do a google search and you will find a lot more information and pictures. I only have about 200 in my collection.

-- P.O.C.

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#7 posted 02-21-2009 05:20 AM

I think I have near 75 different dispensers…. I quit collecting them. That is an awesome shelf and I love the pegged tenons. That red oak with the stain came out looking wonderful, as does the maple, but I certainly didn’t initially think “red oak” when I saw the picture.


-- "Start with ten.....end with ten"

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