Leopardwood M & M Dispenser

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Project by Mean_Dean posted 03-01-2016 04:50 PM 1148 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an M & M dispenser I built as a Christmas gift for a friend.

It’s made out of Leopardwood, and finished with clear shellac, buffed out with 0000 steel wool. It has a removable Mason jar to hold the M & M’s. It has a rubberband-operated slide that dispenses the M & M’s down the chute, and returns the slide to its original position.

All the credit for this design goes to fellow LJ, Woodshaver, who very generously provided me the design photos and was very helpful answering questions!

Its dimensions are: 5 ¼” L x 5 ¼” W x 10 ½” H

Now for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:

The Good: This design is pretty cool! It looks great, and it’s really quite fun to operate the slide and get an M & M or two! Also, the Leopardwood looks great. And I like the contrast between it and the white knob.

The Bad: Leopardwood looks great, but is very splintery – it feels like rubbing a small porcupine. Gotta pick the small splinters out of your hands after working with it.

The Ugly: When I was countersinking one of the screw holes for a screw that holds the top piece to the body, I accidentally drilled it too deep, and needed to use a flexible plastic washer to fill in the oversized hole. It will be visible when the top is removed to replace the rubberband.

As always, any and all comments are appreciated!

-- Dean

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#1 posted 03-01-2016 05:17 PM

Cool Christmas gift! Nice job and looks great.

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

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#2 posted 03-01-2016 05:54 PM

Looks great to me !!!

I saw something the other day that I’m sure you’d like. It was a gravity-fed People Feeder that looked like a birdfeeder. It was made for the same kind of candy.

But I like yours better. :-)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#3 posted 03-01-2016 06:14 PM

I know it took a long time for Gloria to come and pick up her gift but I’m sure it was wall worth the wait. You did a might fine job on your great looking Candy Dispenser Dean! I’m sure she will enjoy this gift and think of you every time she uses it.

Thanks for the kudos!

-- 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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#4 posted 03-01-2016 08:12 PM

John C: Thanks for you comments!

John H: Would be interesting to see it. Of course, anything that feeds me candy is good by me!

Tony: Well she ate half the M & M’s last night! Thanks for all your help—I couldn’t have done it without it!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 03-01-2016 08:23 PM

The people-feeder is on the UncommonGoods website …

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#6 posted 03-01-2016 10:36 PM

Very cool Dean, looks great!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 03-02-2016 12:02 AM

Real nice dispenser, Dean!!


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

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#8 posted 03-02-2016 12:43 AM

Very nice. Never worked with any leopardwood.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 03-02-2016 01:00 AM

Jim: Thanks for the kind words!

Gary: Leopardwood looks great, especially with an oil finish. I used BLO, followed by 3 coats of shellac. So try some Leopardwood—you’ll like it!

-- Dean

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#10 posted 03-02-2016 02:08 AM

A good looking and very functional piece …, you need to have an easy way to get M&Ms!

Never worked with leopard wood so after your comments I don’t think I will try it.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 03-02-2016 04:29 AM

NICE!!! I like it Dean, well done sir.

-- 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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#12 posted 03-02-2016 05:16 AM

Looks good Dean, like the wood grain. I want to make one of those someday.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#13 posted 03-02-2016 05:19 AM

Looks good Dean, like the wood grain. I want to make one of those someday.

- Festus56

Mark, if you want to make one, check with Woodshaver. Or if it’s ok with him, I can send you some photos with dimensions.

It’s a fun build—and an even more fun way to get your M & M fix!

-- Dean

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#14 posted 03-02-2016 11:15 AM

That is really neat Dean. Love the Leopard wood.

Thanks for sharing. Woodshaver is a good bloke hey!


-- 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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#15 posted 03-02-2016 11:28 AM

Very pretty, that leopardwood, Dean! I think it needs a bigger jar ;-)
Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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