|Project by oldguy2||posted 04-20-2016 12:59 PM||1746 views||6 times favorited||3 comments|
This Candy holder uses a pint mason jar 3inch ring. Great for M and M or peanuts or skittles. Making it is a good lesson in making multiples and can be pine or I used oak and cherry selling it for $25 with about $6 in materials.
First the numbers. the top and bottom are 5 1/2 square. the sides are 4 1/2 high. the middle 3 inch. the shaft is 1 1/4 square and 7 inch long. the mason jar ring is centered in a 3 inch hole. planning ahead I bought a 3 inch hole saw but I was planning to sell many. TIP the pic here shows the screws only catching the edge of the lid, important because too far in and the jar won’t go in or will crack. I always screwed on the pull. Use a quality glue and long dry time overall. Especially the V chute, I arrived once to sell and no chute to catch the candy, your hand goes under it. allow hand space.
When I made the first at a class, in pine,the 2×4 sides were to the numbers. Making multiples I made a long strip of oak with 1 inch cherry edge long enough for 4 bases and another for 4 tops. For hardwood I cut smaller pieces and rounded over the edges to give a nicer look alternating pieces. The shaft is 3/4 pieces,glued, then sized to 1 and 1/4 and rounded edges. the hole sits back one and1/2. the 1/4 dowel holes shown are stops glued LAST and test the shaft for slide. I did not put any finish on the shafts as they can be cleaned. I also put them in last after any spray poly finish on the base, 2 coats and rubbing did a nice finish. more would be better. At first I bought hardwood outside corner to make the V chute but later tried making strips and gluing my own. I found epoxy best here and rubber bands to clamp it. cut about a 15 degree angle each end. Another time I made a 3 sided and it was just ok to me.
For a real nice look have the jar logo face the pull shaft, mark the jar ring. disassemble then screw the ring inside and test it. TIP..to crack the Jar overtighten the jar.. use flat bottom screws to secure the ring..see pic.
FILLING the holder. Turn the whole unit upside down, unscrew the jar. fill, just SNUG tighten the jar…you can crack a mason jar. ( I used to put a note in about this when I gave or sold them and my business card ) then flip to normal. Even on a hot morning selling, those M and Ms did not melt in the jar, but were a great enticement to many. Mother’s Day will be here and what a great gift…Include the candy in your gift bag.
or Wedding present or bring to a party …beer and peanuts. or on that counter at work for the Clients or Staff.
Raffle one off.