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I Might be Slow, But I Ain't Fast, M&M Dispenser

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Project by luv2learn posted 07-26-2016 11:06 PM 1909 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in September of last year, Woodshaver posted an M&M dispenser. In fact, he and others posted quite a few, each having there own unique twist. I asked Woodshaver (Tony) if he would email me his plans and he did. Thanks Tony. I had intended to make these as Christmas gifts but as you can see, that didn’t happen.

My wife and I work with recovering addicts through a faith based addiction organization called The Good Samaritan whose founder is also our pastor. His name is Tim Remington, he is the pastor who made the national news back in March of this year because he was shot six times in the back by a man with a 45 caliber handgun loaded with hollow point bullets. He survived.

Since this organization is funded solely by private donations and does not accept any government funding I thought that these would make great fundraiser items. I started thinking of ways to simplify the design so that non-woodworkers could assemble the pieces, sand them, and finish them without too much effort. Photo 4 shows the disassembled parts and photo 5 is a cut away shot. Photo 6 shows one of the two side pieces.

The dispenser is simply a slide mechanism with offset holes top and bottom so that when you pull it, the top slide shuts off the candy and the bottom slide aligns with the hole of the fixed block between the two allowing the candy to fall into the dish. When pushed into its closed position, the top slide aligns with the hole in the fixed block and allows the candy to drop into the void between the two slides.

I am open for suggestions as to how I can further simplify the design but for right now this is as far as my feeble brain can take it. Thanks for looking. I haven’t been in the shop nearly as much as I would like this year, hopefully that will change this fall.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-26-2016 11:13 PM

Neat dispensers, Lee. I like that inside out turning in the first shot too!!

Jim

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

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#2 posted 07-26-2016 11:18 PM

Great job for a worthy cause. Good luck.

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

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#3 posted 07-26-2016 11:19 PM

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luv2learn

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#5 posted 07-26-2016 11:20 PM

Thanks Jim, I think you can agree that inside out turning can mess with your mind. :-)
Hi John, thank you.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 07-26-2016 11:59 PM

Super nice dispensers

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#7 posted 07-27-2016 12:27 AM

Great looking set of M&M dispensers—and for a great cause!

I love these things so much, that I’ve built a number of them from Tony’s design myself. I’m curious, though, how you designed the slider assembly. Is that working better for you than his design?

Anyway, keep up the good work!

-- Dean

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#8 posted 07-27-2016 12:31 AM

Great fundraiser idea!

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#9 posted 07-27-2016 12:52 AM

Very nice design Lee. And I also think it’s for a good cause. Your a good man Charlie Brown!

I’m curious about Dean’s question as to how well your slider system works.
Your way may be a better solution!

-- 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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#10 posted 07-27-2016 01:27 AM

Very cool indeed brother !
Those are going to have to go on my list down the road.
Your attention to detail really sets them off.
And doing it for a cause makes it all the better.
Bravo !

-- Eric, central Florida

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luv2learn

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#11 posted 07-27-2016 01:34 AM

Thanks Roger.

Thanks JPJ.

Dean, I didn’t build Tony’s slider mechanism so I can’t tell you if it works better or not. It was just a different approach. I did learn that the top and bottom slides have to be thinner than the M&Ms, so those pieces are 1/8” thick.

Hi Tony, thank you for your kind words. I used your top design and the octagon shape as well as your overall dimensions as a starting point. The slider system works well enough if the top and bottom pieces shown in photos 4&5 are thin enough. Those pieces shown in photos were too thick they need to 1/8” or less. Bottom line your slider mechanism is probably a better design.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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luv2learn

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#12 posted 07-27-2016 01:38 AM

Thanks Eric, I have given away all of the one’s I have made so far. Everyone that sees them wants one.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 07-27-2016 11:46 AM

WHAT? No video of the dispenser in action? Bummer. :-(

I’ll have to let you borrow my production crew. :-)

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

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#14 posted 07-27-2016 12:13 PM

They are really neat.
Yet another design variation.
Thanks for sharing.

Bob.

-- 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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luv2learn

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#15 posted 07-27-2016 02:55 PM

That would be a very short video John, hardly worth your production crew’s time. :-)

Thanks for your kind words Bob.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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