Jelly Bean Dispenser

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Project by doubleDD posted 10-26-2015 02:58 AM 1558 views 5 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After Tony (Woodshaver) sent me a set of plans it was a matter of time before I got to it. I couldn’t decide what lumber to use or if I wanted to paint it. Suddenly, right in front of me was a piece of the flame box elder and I knew then the choice was done.
I saw the one that BobWemm turned on the lathe so I wanted to do a turned version also. A few things I had to figure differently since the lathe version changed a few of the dimensions but it gives plenty of help in the long run.
I didn’t have another piece dry enough for the chute or the puller so I improvised with some maple and padauk and pine. I also went with the rubber band retractable puller just because it is a cool idea. Thanks Tony.
This is for my daughter-in law who loves her gourmet jelly beans. So when I saw all those m&m dispensers I knew I had to make a jelly bean one for her.
Gave it to her earlier today and she loved it.
Thanks for Rockbuster for opening up a can of worms.
Thanks for looking.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 10-26-2015 03:07 AM

Beautiful choice of woods!

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 10-26-2015 03:09 AM


I was noticing that the colors of the wood match the jellybeans. I’m thinking your scored big with this! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Bob Collins

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#3 posted 10-26-2015 03:13 AM

That’s real nice Dave, the box elder was a great choice. I think you will have more requests to make more dispensers, will make great gifts. Well done and nice piece of turning.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#4 posted 10-26-2015 03:15 AM

Love that box elder!

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#5 posted 10-26-2015 03:17 AM

Nicely done—looks like a fun project.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 10-26-2015 03:21 AM

Nice version of this project!!! May be the coolest one I have seen sir!!! Well done

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 10-26-2015 03:30 AM

Thanks WoodNSawdust. I knew it as soon as I saw it.

Thanks Thomas. The flame look had candy written all over it.

Bob, your right. My daughter -in law posted it on face book and her friend wants one.

Thanks Charlie. I don’t think you can go wrong with box elder, it’s beauty on its own.

John thanks. It was fun. I had to put away a few fishing rods to find time to build it. And believe me, the fishing has been great lately.

Buster, I think you should make one for the poolside as a snack station. lol.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#8 posted 10-26-2015 03:54 AM

Your Jelly Bean dispenser looks great Dave! Love the wood, I do think that Buster is right about it being the coolest one of all.
I haven’t tried to see how jelly beans worked in any or my dispensers, Do they come out one by one? I’m going to give jelly beans a try soon.
Thanks for sharing! Nice job!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#9 posted 10-26-2015 03:56 AM

At Last, another ROUND ONE!!!!!
Great job Dave, I too, love the wood.
Thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#10 posted 10-26-2015 04:12 AM

Thanks Tony. These were the gourmet jelly beans, a bit smaller than some of the regular ones. They come out fast and smooth. I believe about 8 ? come out at once with the 1 1/8’’ angled hole. Enough for a whole mouthful. ha ha

Thanks Bob. When I was deciding what lumber to use and saw the flame box elder blank I had, I remembered you turned one. So round it became.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 10-26-2015 05:53 AM

That looks SO GOOD!

Possible to get the Plans for it?

I have had a similar project on my website for some time…
... but have not tried yet…

It would sure be nice if I had the plans for THIS project…
... pretty please… Plans?

Thank you muy mucho…. :)

Very COOL project!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#12 posted 10-26-2015 07:08 AM

This kid’s face tells you all. Excellent project! It’s not just food, it’s a toy also.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 10-26-2015 07:51 AM

Yea, Tony got me cranked up on making these. I have finished 2 so far. Great job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 10-26-2015 10:34 AM

Great job on that dispenser, Dave!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 10-26-2015 11:33 AM

Hi Dave. That Box Elder is beautiful….....almost a marble effect the way the grain swirls about. Such a lovely grain. What a great project!!!!!! Very well presented and excellent turning.
I really like the Jelly Beans too. They would have to be my favourites….particularly the Glucose ones. Good Work.

Kind regards,


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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