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Make a Homemade Candy Dispenser

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You can make this dispenser for jelly beans, gumballs or any other hard candy that will fit in it.

jellybean

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 2″ x 6″ board, 24″ long (The actual size of a 2″ x 6″ board is 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.)

Cut the board as follows:

  • 2 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ boards (top and base)
  • 2 1 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ boards (sides)
  • 1″ x 1 7/8″ x 11″ board (slide)
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Pocketknife
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • 1 dowel or peg about 1/4″ in diameter, 4″ long
  • 1 dowel or peg about 1/4″ in diameter, 2″ long
  • A clean quart or pint canning jar with its metal ring
  • Crosscut saw for sawing across the grain
  • Ripsaw for sawing with the grain
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, sized for pre-drilling 2 1/2″ holes
  • 7/8″ spade bit
  • Countersink bit (so driven screws are flush)
  • Screwdriver
  • 12 wood screws, 2 1/2″ long
  • 4 flat-head brads for nailing jar ring to top of dispenser
  • Small drill bit for pre-drilling brad holes in jar ring
  • Jelly beans or gumballs

WHAT YOU’LL DO

candy-11. Cut all the boards to size and sand smooth.

 

candy-22. Glue and screw the base onto the sides.

 

candy-33. Pencil an X from corner to corner on the top board.

 

candy-44. Drill a 7/8″ hole through the center of the top board.

 

candy-55. Glue and screw the top board onto the sides and base. Sand the slide until it moves smoothly in the square hole in the center of the dispenser.

 

candy-66. Drill a hole 3/4″ from the front of the slide. This is for the 4″ peg or dowel. Drill a hole 1/2″ from the back of the slide. This is for the 2″ peg or dowel. Glue the 4″ peg or dowel in the front hole on the slide.

 

candy-77. Push the slide into place until it stops at the 4″ peg. Draw a circle through the 7/8″ hole on the top board onto the slide.

 

candy-88. Drill a 7/8″ hole 3/8″ deep into the slide as shown.

 

candy-99. Bevel the 7/8″ slide hole with the pocketknife and sand smooth.

 

candy-1010. Drill and nail the jar ring onto the top board.

 

candy-1111. Push the slide into place. When the slide is pushed in all the way, the hole in the top and the hole in the slide should line up. Glue the 2″ peg or dowel onto the back of the slide.

 

candy-1212. Fill the jar with candy, screw it onto the ring and your dispenser is complete.


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10 Comments on Make a Homemade Candy Dispenser

  1. THIS WAS AWESOME!

  2. It is good but make a video pls.

  3. Totally rad, bro!

  4. The measurement for the board slide should actually say 1 1 1/2″ x 1 7/8″ x 11″ board (slide). The first measurement of the slide board is missing. I did find I needed to shave about 1/8″ (a saw blade width) of that 1 1/2″ side so the slide would not bind.

  5. Please learn how to spell, people!

  6. Great project! My kids had a great time making it. Be sure not to use treated wood.

  7. make a video

  8. Candy gets stuck and jams. Any suggestions?

  9. U could build out of lego, it would be a lot easier. I’m building it out of legos with my little brother.
    Just finished, it was a lot easier then wood!

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