|Project by CanadaJeff||posted 05-31-2009 02:45 PM||8140 views||14 times favorited||9 comments|
I saw this idea while surfing around the woodworking internet! I had some scraps of Oak and Walnut and thought it would be a fun project to use some of my left overs.
The design is basically a hollow oak box with a dado at the top centre for the dispensing stick to slide in and out. The walnut lid is glued on top and a hole drilled in the centre and a mason jar lid attached with small screws.
The toughest part about the gumball machine is the dispensing stick, I notched out the wood (a dado) so a couple of gum balls can rest on the stick ready to be slide out. The problem is that gum the gumball s tend to all want to rush into that area and that’s when they can become stuck. To offset that I chiselled a slope so any gum balls that would get would fall into the notch are gently pushed out of the way. To make sure that when the stick is pulled it doesn’t slide out all the way (letting loose all the gum balls into the inside of the oak box, I inserted a 1/4 inch dowel that stops the hits the box walls and stops the stick from sliding.