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Project by awsum55 posted 02-14-2021 11:36 PM 1016 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these months ago. This was the prototype, I didn’t use the same wood or even design when I made the others.

I used Danish oil followed by wax and the smell just wouldn’t go away. The first time my son tried it out he said the candy smelled bad. I realized the outgassing of the Danish oil was wafting up into the bottle containing the candy and making them smell terrible.

I asked for help on our forums and got some great advice. I was told to try shellac to seal the wood and trap the smell. It was recommended that I order flakes rather than using shellac out of a can. I found a place called the Shellac Shack that sold a 1 lb. sample pack of shellac. They had 6 colors to choose from of which you could pick 4. I ordered the 4 middle colors and watched some videos on how it was done.

One recommendation was to grind the flakes in a coffee grinder. We happened to have a brand new one on a shelf that we never used and I snatched it. Once ground up it took less than a half hour to be completely dissolved and ready to use.

I had to take everything apart that wasn’t glued together for access to the inside. I carefully drilled out the plugs so I could get access to the screws holding the top and bottom on.

Then I wiped everything down with lacquer thinner and put on a couple of coats of shellac. All the dispensers had to be refinished, but now there are corners and protrusions to deal with. I tried the pad method and that left small puddles around any protrusion so I switched to a brush so I could get into corners and around anything that wasn’t flat.

I found that this would leave small puddles that when a second coat was put on it would darken in those spots and show up even more. I really struggled to get a finish I wanted. When I tried the shellac on another project that had flat panels it worked like a charm and was one of the easiest finishes I’ve ever tried.

I can’t seem to get a picture that shows what it really looks like, it is much more noticeable in person. I also got some damage when I had to drill out the plugs to take things apart, this project kicked my butt but they still came out pretty good and I know the people that get them won’t even notice.

I know a lot of people here use shellac and must run into the same problems I did unless they finish everything before it all gets put together. If anyone has any suggestions on how to avoid these problems I sure would appreciate hearing about them.

-- John D, OP, KS





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splintergroup

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#1 posted 02-15-2021 12:20 AM

These look great! The laminations really stand out, some smiling kids are surrounding you I’d wager.

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#2 posted 02-15-2021 05:25 AM

Very cool! I once used Danish oil on a cutting board that I never felt safe using. I made a new one and got a recipe for beeswax and mineral oil and then buffed it out with an automotive buffer and a new clean pad. No problems after that… Nice job!!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#3 posted 02-15-2021 06:30 AM

Great looking batch of dispensers. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#4 posted 02-15-2021 10:47 AM

Cool dispensers awsum... always wanted to make one but not being a sweet tooth, it’s hard to bottle ”grump” up.

A while back I posted a link to a video a friend of mine made about shellacking… I can’t remember where and to be honest, couldn’t be bothered reading to find where so, I’ll point to the link here.

It goes on for a long time, however, it covers many aspects of shellac that is often missed in videos or incorrectly portrayed. I believe somewhere he points out how you can bugger it up through bad application as it draws upon itself… Unfortunately if you want to know you’ll have to watch.

Had a quick look at the video and it’s around the 13-14 minute mark into the video (or there abouts, give or take and hour or two).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 02-15-2021 10:48 AM

Excellent combination of engineering and woodworking…Look so awesome with all those colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 02-15-2021 12:49 PM

Nice recovery on some beautiful candy dispensers. I plan to make some someday and will keep this finishing in mind. I use danish oil on a lot of projects and could see how the smell could get caught in it.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 02-15-2021 06:04 PM

Thanks for the nice comments, if it wasn’t for this site and all the craftsman willing to share their knowledge, these would have been trash. Now I just have to come up with a safe way to ship them back East.

I didn’t mention that these are spring activated and dispense 7-9 M&M’s each push. I also made each ramp unique so no two dispensers look the same.

For some reason my pictures are huge in this post compared to normal. I always upload photos at the same size, but for some reason these are much larger than normal. I have a 27” monitor and I had to scroll to see the entire picture. Very strange.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#8 posted 02-15-2021 09:30 PM



Cool dispensers awsum... always wanted to make one but not being a sweet tooth, it s hard to bottle ”grump” up.

A while back I posted a link to a video a friend of mine made about shellacking… I can t remember where and to be honest, couldn t be bothered reading to find where so, I ll point to the link here.

It goes on for a long time, however, it covers many aspects of shellac that is often missed in videos or incorrectly portrayed. I believe somewhere he points out how you can bugger it up through bad application as it draws upon itself… Unfortunately if you want to know you ll have to watch.

Had a quick look at the video and it s around the 13-14 minute mark into the video (or there abouts, give or take and hour or two).

- LittleBlackDuck

LBD that was just what I needed to see thanks for that link. I watched the whole thing however I fell asleep a couple of times, so instead of it taking an hour and a half, it took 2 hours to watch because I had to keep rewinding. LOL

I knew there had to be others that had trouble on anything that wasn’t flat. Of all the videos I watched not one said anything about how to deal with corners. This one didn’t go into how to deal with something sticking up, but the very small brush he used and the pad being pointed will take care of that situation also.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#9 posted 02-16-2021 12:42 AM



LBD that was just what I needed to see thanks for that link. I watched the whole thing however I fell asleep a couple of times, so instead of it taking an hour and a half, it took 2 hours to watch because I had to keep rewinding. LOL
- awsum55

I must have been snoozing myself when I commented as I usually recommend people download the video, grab a vino cask (or slab of beer or 1 gallon bottle of scotch, whatever is your poison) and watch it in installments.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#10 posted 02-16-2021 01:11 AM

Very interesting. I’m sure everyone just loves these, especially the kids. Very cool…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#11 posted 02-16-2021 02:03 AM

If I had kids this would have been the most abused item on the house. LOL

Beautiful work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#12 posted 02-16-2021 07:33 AM

Thanks again guys.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#13 posted 02-16-2021 06:20 PM

John, I have to add one more comment. I have wanted to make one of these for years. I can’t! Not because of skill wise, I can, but because when my Son was in middle school shop class he made one. Very primitive compared to the beauties you made, just a jar on a block with a slide and all on a piece of wood, but he made it. Every time I think about building one I keep thinking that “it would make my Son’s look bad” so I take a pass. Just a story for you.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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awsum55

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#14 posted 02-17-2021 06:49 AM


John, I have to add one more comment. I have wanted to make one of these for years. I can t! Not because of skill wise, I can, but because when my Son was in middle school shop class he made one. Very primitive compared to the beauties you made, just a jar on a block with a slide and all on a piece of wood, but he made it. Every time I think about building one I keep thinking that “it would make my Son s look bad” so I take a pass. Just a story for you.

- jeffswildwood

Jeff, I’m assuming it was years ago, if it still exists then he did a great job. If not go for it. I just can’t imagine anyone not enjoying one, at least during holidays.

-- John D, OP, KS

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