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Project by Blackbear posted 09-11-2013 01:30 PM 4451 views 43 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by numerous projects on the web, and a few here on LJ’s as well, I built my wife a candy machine for our sixth wedding anniversary. The traditional gift for the sixth anniversary is candy or iron. Iron would be a tough one! My wife loves skittles so that is what I built. The hole in the dowel mechanism is sized to give 3-4 skittles per turn.

For the wood, I had a real pretty piece of curly quarter sawn white oak. It’s the kind of wood you buy because it’s so pretty, even though you don’t have a specific project in mind yet. I don’t think the pictures do the wood justice really. The base has some insect holes in it also. The dowel mechanism is red oak and the small ramps are hard maple.

At a big box store I purchased some Lexan sheets. They were 8”x10”, which pretty much determined the width and height of the project. I knew the top needed to be removable to fill it with candy, and ended up deciding on through tenons just for looks. I think this gave the whole project a bit of an Asian feel, so I gave the horizontal edges a good sized chamfer to match that feel.

This project was my first attempt at hand chopped mortises. I did OK, but they are definitely not as crisp as they could be. I also used the table saw to cut the curved tray in the base, moving the wood side to side over the saw blade. It worked better than I had hoped and came out fairly smooth even before sanding.

Finish is Watco Danish Oil. Thanks for looking.

edit: I forgot to mention I still need to carve a couple small wedges/pegs to fit in the through tenons. I’m thinking black walnut or some pretty dark wood to contrast the lighter oak.





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Bytesabit

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#1 posted 09-11-2013 02:21 PM

Love it!! I’ve been seeing the usual dispensers and was JUST thinking yesterday how I could make one to watch the candy!

Thanks for the post!

Great work!

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Bytesabit

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#2 posted 09-11-2013 02:23 PM

Is the Danish oil safe for food contact?

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 09-11-2013 02:29 PM

Cool looking dispenser. I like the way you have them falling to different tiers. Go ahead, skittle me.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Blackbear

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#4 posted 09-11-2013 02:48 PM

Bytesabit, I have read most any finish is safe for food contact once fully cured (not that I would use Danish Oil on a cutting board). That, combined with the fact the there is no cutting on the machine as you would do on a butcher block, makes me feel just fine about it. Good question though.

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Marty 529

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#5 posted 09-11-2013 03:11 PM

I think it’s great. I would love to build a candy dispenser for the wife and grand-kids. I love the look of this one and the kids could watch them fall to the bottom. Very nice

-- Marty, Ohio

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lumberdustjohn

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#6 posted 09-11-2013 04:55 PM

Looks like fun!
Nice build.
Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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JoeinGa

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#7 posted 09-11-2013 10:03 PM

Pretty cool. Gonna hafta favorite this one for future reference! :-)

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#8 posted 09-11-2013 11:29 PM

Good for when you are in “Beast Mode”

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BENTWOOD

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#9 posted 09-12-2013 01:54 PM

What’s not to love? I want one! :)

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Monkman

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#10 posted 09-12-2013 02:39 PM

Well, I really like it! You can definitely can see the rainbow. A very neat invention.

-- MonkeyMonk

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 09-12-2013 07:51 PM

Very nice job. I built several of these and was surprised that they aren’t as easy as they appear to build. Yours came out just right. I cut the Lexan on my tablesaw and the dados hide the chip out.

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

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jaysuzi

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#12 posted 09-13-2013 01:47 AM

Very cool – now my daughter wants one.

-- Jay in Pennsylvania, http://hobby4charity.org/

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#13 posted 09-16-2013 03:32 PM

Cool and fun project! Both kids and adults would want to see and have the candies. Well done!

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 09-16-2013 03:41 PM

This looks like a really fun project. Nice job.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Roger

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#15 posted 06-16-2014 01:11 AM

I’m sure kiddos luv this little machine.

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

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