Candy Machine

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Project by gfadvm posted 12-31-2012 04:44 PM 14260 views 32 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a blatant attempt to copy vipond33’s way cool candy machine. The poplar prototype went well, then I broke out the walnut and zebrawood and things began to go awry! I decided to add more ‘shelves’ and increase their angle to 18 degrees (not realizing that this changed the dimensions). But it turned out OK after a lot of tweaking. Dimensions:15×7”. 1” shop made walnut dowel. 1/4” plexiglass. Finished with shellac. The ‘catch tray’ is a routed out knot filled with epoxy leaving the 1/2” deep cup in the top. A larger diameter dowel would increase the capacity but 1” is the largest I can make. THANKS Gene for the inspiration!

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

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#1 posted 12-31-2012 04:45 PM

Fun and cool great job.

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#2 posted 12-31-2012 04:53 PM

This is on my bucket list as well. Good job. May have to move it up the list.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-31-2012 05:01 PM

Very good !

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#4 posted 12-31-2012 05:29 PM

Looks great. I have been wanting to build a couple of those myself.

-- An oak tree is just a nut that stood it's ground.

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#5 posted 12-31-2012 06:05 PM

Looks beautiful, and looks like it would be the center of attraction wherever you put it. Nicely done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 12-31-2012 06:08 PM

I think you would need to add belt drive to it if it was in my house…my wife LOVES M&M’s

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#7 posted 12-31-2012 06:18 PM

very cool Andy,may give this a go too ,looks great , glad to hear you finally got a little rain there, pray its not such a long span between the rains my friend

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 12-31-2012 07:44 PM

Very nice, I’m puttting this in my “to do list”

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#9 posted 12-31-2012 07:52 PM

That looks awesome! I love how you incorperated the knot!!!

At present, I could use one that dispenses cold & flu medice, but candy will work in the future.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 12-31-2012 08:16 PM

Really nice, Andy!
I second Marcus’ comment, tho it’s me that eats all the chocolate.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 12-31-2012 08:44 PM

That’s really nice, Andy. Apparently you tweaked it just right!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#12 posted 12-31-2012 10:10 PM

Very nice Andy…..I don’t see no mistakes! Looks perfect. I do hope you are giving this away to some deserving youngster….....not the kind of thing you want sitting around the house…..:)

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#13 posted 12-31-2012 10:13 PM

Very cool! But not NEARLY enuff m&m’s for my wife!

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#14 posted 01-01-2013 01:40 AM

You did good on this Andy. I especially like the way you incorporated the knot. Thats thinking outside the candy dish.

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

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#15 posted 01-01-2013 01:42 AM

Jeff- It’s going to one of my favorite clients so she can spoil her grandkids. Thanks for all the kind words. Heads up to Rance and Jonathan: Next time I’m hiring one of you guys to do a Sketch Up thingy!

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

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