Toothache Hotel - A Morality Play

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Project by vipond33 posted 10-24-2012 12:15 AM 19331 views 100 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was late, late at night when the Munchies stealthily attacked Toothache Hotel. All of the guests were sound asleep, not even dreaming of what horrors lay in store…....

Lounging in Suite 1 were Mr. and Mrs. M & M, a colourful couple albeit with a very shopworn alias. Nutty they were. “You just melt in my mouth” was often overheard when they murmured to one another.

Residing in Suite 2 was the young, exquisite and very fashionable Ms. Dark Chocolate, and crunchy old Mr. Espresso Bean III. Lest you demur at the impropriety, they were cosseting, consenting adults (but only grudgingly consented to by my daughter as she hates coffee).

Finally in Suite 3 we have the Smarties family, fresh from what was described by one of the kids as being “A really dark, crinkly bag of a place, an epic fail for anybody’s digs!.”.
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So help me out, I’m confused, what is the moral here??


This is not an original design but a compendium of web images and LJ projects. You can easily find many great candy machines posted by Lumberjocks.

I made two of these, this one and one that was donated to a silent auction fundraiser for Hincks Dellcrest, a children s mental health service. It was bid up to $400 by several crazy adults so I was quite amazed at their mental health but really pleased for the agency.

To build it I used a bunch of different woods, all of the usual dramatic suspects – because if candy isn’t flash then what is?

Doweled and grooved construction, Plexiglas and leather.
Plus a shellac finish!, which is, quite interestingly, what hard shell candy is often coated with.

7” x 4 3/4” x 15”
About 14 hrs (2)
Build on LJ’s.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#1 posted 10-24-2012 12:22 AM

I want some NOW! LOL…............gotta make me one of these. Nice job!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 10-24-2012 12:25 AM

Another great one Gene, you can never have too much candy!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#3 posted 10-24-2012 12:31 AM

Nicely done, now I have the munchies…:-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 10-24-2012 12:32 AM

Way cool!

-- Carl, Iowa

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#5 posted 10-24-2012 12:44 AM

Good night George.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 10-24-2012 12:46 AM

Great candy machine. My granddaughter would go crazy over that! May have to do one of those.

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

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#7 posted 10-24-2012 12:54 AM

Truly wonderful Gene!

This one goes in the Favorite Bucket for sure. :-)


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#8 posted 10-24-2012 01:04 AM

I hate it when I have to refer to a dictionary just to understand a post. LOL. :) May their toothache be short lived. I expect the top is removable for refills of the delictible delights, but with magnets? Do tell. I would prefer the coffee beans myself. Nice build as always.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 10-24-2012 01:06 AM

Way cool,nice work.

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#10 posted 10-24-2012 01:16 AM

This is one of those projects I hope others don’t see, otherwise I see a production run being requested. It is way cool, but I am keeping this one secret.

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#11 posted 10-24-2012 01:28 AM

Very cool and great support for a good cause. Nicely done ;-)

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#12 posted 10-24-2012 01:57 AM

Very cool I like the multiple choices.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#13 posted 10-24-2012 02:36 AM

Fabulous Gene, hard part would be keeping it full with kids around (big kids that is….. lol)
Reminds me of the old penny arcade slot machine & trying to get the penny to the bottom without loosing it in one of the holes.
congrats againg for TD3

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#14 posted 10-24-2012 02:40 AM

Rance – I can change the word if you like, just say the word. Was it “demur”? or was it “flash”? We’re Canadians you know and the British stuff just creeps in.
Top is by stub dowels, magnets are great but don’t give real good position.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#15 posted 10-24-2012 03:40 AM


-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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