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Forum topic by Ryanf posted 12-01-2010 03:55 AM 1165 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ryanf

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12-01-2010 03:55 AM

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So I have been making Candy Jars for customers but no matter what size of hole I use for the candy to come out it gets stuck. Does anyone know the right hole size hole for like m&m and reeses pieces to fit in and not get stuck every time when trying to pull them out. I have tried several different sizes from 3/4in to 1 3/4in.
Here are some pictures of ones I have made for some customers.
Thanks for any help!


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#1 posted 12-01-2010 05:56 AM

Try placing a disk of uhmwpe (cutting board plastic) about 1/8” to 1/16” thick in the bottom of the jar lid. This disk of plastic needs a hole in its center that is smaller than the hole in your slide. e.g. If slide hole = 1 1/2”dia, make the disk hole 3/4” dia.

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#2 posted 12-01-2010 04:52 PM

Not having made one myself. One of the things I see that you might try would be to chamfer the hole. Using a straight bored hole leaves a sharp edge that doesn’t allow room for candy to have a chance to move to keep from sticking or getting stuck. The chamfered hole would allow for the candy to move and prevent sticking or getting stuck. At least thats my line of thought to the problem.
Having grandchildren this is one of those projects I want to do myself. I’ll be watching to see what solution you come up with.

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#3 posted 12-01-2010 07:41 PM

The plastic disk works because it uses the natural angle of repose of the candy pieces. The small hole in the disk will not let enough pieces into the cavity in your slide to completely fill up. The space under the edge of the disk that’s above the larger hole in the slide will remain empty and provide space for the pieces to move around a little when the slide gets pulled out from under the candy above it in the jar. I’m an engineer; this works; I’ve applied the same principle to a 15 ton hopper full of 4 ” diameter steel balls that weigh about 16 lbs each. It’s not my invention, look at how a change counter and a gum ball machine work; same principle.

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#4 posted 12-01-2010 08:29 PM

I have one sitting on my desk right now.
I used a 1 1/4” hole. I also used a round over bit and rounded all of the hole edges. It sticks once in a while but not often. It acutally has a big lock hanging on it now, a combination of diet and too many students taking my candy.

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#5 posted 12-02-2010 04:59 AM

Thank you guys for all you great insight and helpful information, I am going to finally get around to making one for my own night stand tomorrow and will be able to practice both of these methods and see how they work.
Two questions thou, First what do you use to cut the plastic circle Crank49 and second MrsN is it pretty hard routing a small circle like that. My router has some kick to it with the table its in, is there any certain way you went at this.
Thank you guys for all your quick and helpful information.
Its people like you that make this website so helpful and fun to be on.

Ryan

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#6 posted 12-02-2010 07:33 AM

I drilled the hole and then routered it before cutting to size. It kept my fingers farther away from the bit.
I don’t remember much else. I do remember thinking about whether to use the table or a hand held router, I think I used the table.

I guess I am not much help tonight, sorry.
mrsn

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