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Project by SuperDave0002 posted 01-26-2010 03:19 AM 7824 views 17 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built several of these a couple of years ago. I found the original online and really was intrigued. However as hard as I looked I couldn’t find the secret of how it worked, I even tried to look at the patten papers that were filed on the Governments patten site, but they were blocked. After a few days of bouncing ideas around in my head I finally figured out a way to make it work.
My idea was to have a flexible door that would hold the candy in until it was pushed through the door. In the back were the candy comes out, but hidden on the inside, is a piece of plastic cut from a milk jug. It is very flexible, but being only an inch or two long, it has plenty of support to hold the candy in. The Head pivots at the top and back. When the head is pivoted up it pulls a piece of wood forward, the candy then falls into the area the piece of wood once was. The head is connected to the piece of wood with a string. Sprider-wire works great for this, any flats fisherman will know what that is. Then when the head is lowered it pushes the piece of wood back and in doing so it pushes the candy through the door. One side of the body is used to glue all the various pieces to, the other side is held on with screws so the insides can be accessed. The screws are hidden under the legs, and the legs are held on with dowel pins. Under the back leg is as large a hole as can be made and still hidden by the leg. Thats where the candy is refilled to. The original “poop moose” was made by a fellow in Alaska, But he no longer makes them.
A while back I found one at the salvation army store in Tampa, and I was able to see how the original was made. It had a piece of plastic that covered the back door and ran all the way to the head. The head going up and down would pull the plastic away from or cover up the hole. So my back engineering wasn’t even close to the original. But I think the one I made is just as good plus it always meters out a set amount of candy. The original relied on gravity do dispense the candy and a lot could come out at once if it was small and round.
I made 3 or 4 moose, a horse, and a long horned steer, and I am thinking about making a rabbit.. They make great gifts. But a word of warning, most guys think its hilarious but only a small percentage of the gals get the humor in it.

-- David South FLorida http://ahunkahunkaburninlove.blogspot.com/





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#1 posted 01-26-2010 03:26 AM

Love it!! :-)) Thanks for the post.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 01-26-2010 04:27 AM

thats great and my wife loves it too

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#3 posted 01-26-2010 04:30 AM

I love this, it would be perfect for a few people I know. Do you mind if I copy it?

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#4 posted 01-26-2010 04:34 AM

No, I don’t mind, Let me know what other animals you might think of to make, or any improvements.

-- David South FLorida http://ahunkahunkaburninlove.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 01-26-2010 04:52 AM

I’ve seen (and played with) the original pooping moose. Never thought about making one myself and I really had no idea how to do it. Thank you so much for “showing me the way”.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 01-26-2010 12:28 PM

You have to get a bag of black jelly beans for your moose…

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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#7 posted 01-26-2010 04:48 PM

lol! That is great!

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#8 posted 01-26-2010 05:24 PM

So does this server milk duds. LOL, your are right allot of gals to not get the poop humor…

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#9 posted 01-27-2010 11:45 PM

They do have plans for these at meisel wood or some place like that

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 02-04-2010 08:33 AM

Unique project very neat

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#11 posted 02-19-2010 08:26 PM

silly question, but is there project plans available to print out for this? Looked ate meisel wood and they don’t have any plans like this.

I am new to woodworking, but I love this piece.

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#12 posted 02-20-2010 12:57 AM

No its just made from scratch maybe you could print out the picture and use it like a template.

-- David South FLorida http://ahunkahunkaburninlove.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 02-21-2010 01:37 AM

Thanks, I will try that.

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#14 posted 02-21-2010 02:02 AM

Thanks David, I think the Grand Ones will get a kick out of these. Their parents may not but I don’t think I can get fired.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#15 posted 10-09-2013 03:02 PM

I have been looking for one of these for my grand-daughter. She saw one at a friends house and fell in love with it. The parents couldn’t remember where they got it. Do you sell the pattern? If so I would love it. Thank you for sharing this project. You are very creative :)

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