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I wanted to share with other WW's some of my ideas of how I build a candy dispenser that can be easily disassembled and cleaned. picture #1 is shows how I can make one style into a gumball or candy dispenser. Picture #2 is the machine disassembled. The front glass slides right out, the dowel pin in the back (picture #3) pulls out so the round shaft can be removed. Picture #4 shows the shaft close up so you can see the dado near one end. When the round shaft is installed the pin in the back sticks into this dado so the shaft won't pull out. I can take this apart in seconds for cleaning. Picture #5 is a different version. This machine has removable front and rear glass so the inside is easily cleaned and the shaft doesn't have to be removed.

These units are my earliest (prototypes) machines and after working out the sanitary issues, I now make these in many different design appearances. I use multi woods, inlays, and even make them in different shapes (like animal shapes). I have given them to relatives as gifts and sold them in craft shows with good success. I have even made one that has a spring loaded plunger so you have to shoot it up and it rolls down a maze like a pinball (picture #6), (this one is not totally my idea).

just remember to make them easy to clean, please.

russv

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Nice stuff
Do you have plans for the pinball one?
 

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wood magazine,\ had an article years ago. the plan can be bought at this web site:
http://www.woodstore.net/haveball1.html

it's alot of parts and takes alot of time to make. I didn't like the way the plunger work. the picture is before I changed it to a spring. make the first one from the plans and you'll see ways to improve on it for the next one. It is always noticed when hanging on the wall. A great addition to any game/recreation room.

good luck.

russv
 

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how fun!!
great pieces.
 

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these look very nice, have you ever thought about making one where the candy has to travel a while before coming out?
 

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lately, I've been looking at a variety of marble machines. the principle would be the same.
the sky's the limit

russ
 
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