Introduction: Cd Vending Machine

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This is a nice simple cd vending machine.

Step 1: Why?

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Why not? These would be great for a library, internet cafe, or anywhere else you might need just 1 blank cd.

Its about the size of a gum ball machine and works similar to one.

I am not a carpenter, these aren't the best cuts on here.

This was a concept project, it is not final.

Patents pending.

Just think, if you're in an internet cafe and need a cd to burn some files on or something like that, instead of going to the nearest store and buying a whole package of discs you could just have one in a convenient vending machine.

According to my research you can sell each disc for $1 each and make $115 from selling 200 cd's .

Anyway onward to the building.

Step 2: Materials Needed

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In my mechanical version (electrical version still in progress) I needed very few things.

Coin slide in amount of desired cost/cd
Machine screws and nuts
CD Case
Gasket Material
Misc pieces of metal

Once you have all the materials gathered up you're good to go!

Step 3: Cut Your First Piece

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I started cutting the front piece. I wanted some room for the CD cases could move around a little and not bind up, so I cut the front pieces to be 6 3/4 inches wide, and it is a little overkill. I also wanted a decent sized coin box in the bottom and nicely sized hopper for the Disc so I cut the piece to be 14 1/4 tall.

I don't recall what how big the hole for the coin slide was but it sits centered and 2 1/2 inches from the bottom.

I was using 1/2 inch wood so I cut the wood about 3/4 above the top of the coin slider. This cut is for the cd exit slot. I just cut the whole piece and cut out about 1/4 inch of the wood.

Step 4: Cut/mount Cd Shelf

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I cut a U shaped piece to to act as the cd shelf that way the cd moving mechanism has room to do its work, but yet it is big enough so that a cd case cant fall through it.

You can see it in the first picture on the left with the corner brackets already attached.

I cut the board as wide as the first one and it goes back 6 1/2 inches.

The sides of it stick in about 1 inch.

The 2nd picture shows the cd shelf attached to the front.

To attach it I just used 2 wood screws, 2 corner brackets, and 2 machine screws/nuts.

Step 5: Attach Sides and Other Front Piece.

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I cut the side pieces to be 9 3/4 by 14 1/4 and attached very carefully into the front piece using small wood screws. If you're not too careful you will split the wood.

The back of the hopper just goes from the cd shelf to the top of the box and theres nothing special about it.

Step 6: Grabbing Mechanism

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For the grabbing mechanism I used some gasket material that I had laying around. To mount it to the coin slide I used some extra pieces of an erector set that I used to have. I just bent part of it to make an L shaped braked and mounted 2 of them to the coin slide with intention to use both of them but just ended up using one. I took the gasket material and cut a rectangular piece that was plenty tall enough to hit the cd and then some. I took and cut an elongated notch in it that way it could easily be adjusted to grab the cd.

Step 7: Test It Out!

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This was my prototype so I was done, it will get remade and have a lock and probably be metal and tougher and include a security device to keep the cd's from sliding out.

Thats about it. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated, just leave comments!


bobthebuilder728 (author)2013-05-26

This is my homemade Coca Cola Dispenser

Laurinlewis (author)2013-02-11

Bravo! Such a great idea. I would love to build a few of them. I could use them for selling CD's for leaning Engish. But I don't quite understand how the grabbing mechanism works. Would you have some more explanation available? Also, it doesn't seem that a used coin slide is so easy to find. I have searched on the net, and all I can find are laudromat coin slides. Any idea?

S01dier90 (author)2011-11-08

I had an awesome idea to stop the cds from falling out. Either use from stiff bristles or more gasket material with many slits that the cd can easily be pushed out of. As for the lock that is fairly easy, get a lock from a lockbox or a cheap one and mount it in the top.

philerskine (author)2010-08-25

Or everyone could just use their $5 flash drive they have with them

hintss (author)philerskine2011-09-04

you mean the ones my vending machine sold them?

fresnelman90 (author)2011-04-26

Very cool idea. Maybe something on the in stroke that opens a security door. and the pull dispenses and closes the Door.

dungeon runner (author)2010-05-13

Oh man this thing is cool! I've had this dream of building a vending machine like this for a while. I have this sketch in my notebook for something similar. Gonna try and build it once I get into woodworking.

I was reading the blog of this guy online who built a mechanism similar to this. It's pretty cool and 100% DIY!


hornbadoing (author)2008-08-01

wher can i get a free used coin slide =( send me a msg on my acount i f you know

If there are any landromat, arcade, or grocery stores around your area that have these sorts of machines and are going out of business/replacing them they may sell them to you for a reasonable price. Don't get you're hopes up for cheap and abandon all thoughts of free.


boi_gUrL (author)2008-08-09

ei.. do u think thats a good thesis for an information technology students???.. thank you.. please do response.. tnx..

boi_gUrL (author)2008-08-09

ei.. do u think thats a good thesis for an information technology students???.. thank you..

xtank5 (author)2008-01-02

I like it. Too bad we can't use this for our own gain because of the liscence you have set for it. :'( This is getting a + and a fav.

UltraMagnus (author)xtank52008-07-20

actually, CC-NC only prohibits selling the tutorial for cash, not using its contents to make something to make cash

rasta_bhoy (author)2008-03-10


PyroMonger (author)2008-02-14

this is a great idea. i just need to get a coin slot thing and im ready.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-01

Cool idea, but where do I get the coin slot thing?

I got mine off my grandpa he owns laundromat, but you can search ebay for a coin slide.

Yeah, I never thought of that Ebay.

Tinker39 (author)2008-02-08

You can find the coin slides on E-Bay or look for a laundromat updating their machines. Or else you can check with Happ Controls
They carry everything for coin-op arcades, and even have bill acceptors (a little on the pricey side). We used Happ for the pinballs and arcade games we repaired.

duncant20196 (author)Tinker392008-02-09

Yeah, I've got several slides that I received from my grandfathers laundromat. I also have a few bill acceptors that I got from some slot machines and parts that i got for free. But thanks! I did discover them when I built my mame cabinet.

shmuki (author)2008-01-04

ot should nave a window in the front so people can see if theres a disck in it before putting money in

duncant20196 (author)shmuki2008-01-04

Thats what that slot is on the front.

Weissensteinburg (author)2008-01-01

Neat idea! If you live near some internet cafes, you could probably start up a little business if you installed and maintained a bunch of these!

I'm working on that! I'm going to try to put some in some of the libraries around here too and Hastings, and Starbucks...Id like to make an electrical version with a bill acceptor too.

I highly doubt that Starbucks would allow you to...but maybe a locally owned place if you make it worth their while.

Yeah, but it wont hurt to try. Thanks for the feature!

You deserved it! With a bit more careful craftsmanship (maybe get a month long membership to a machine shop and crank out 20 or so) they could really sell CDs! My dad works with Starbucks, and I can just tell you from his experience..they'll really only do that kind of thing if it involves huge contracts..they're not so open to a single store thing. Now maybe if they were a franchise..

For some reason I think that it is a franchise, but I do plan on making more and placing them around town. I am going to make them metal, and make some electronic ones that take dollar bills and coins. The only drawback to the bill acceptor is that it wont be able to give change.

Nope, not a franchise. But they do make partnerships with companies that want to open large numbers of Starbuck's (think 1000s a year). But you can't have just a few.

Oh well, I still have 3 schools, the public library, and hastings to try.

Do you live near any internet cafes?

Yeah theres a cafe in Hastings and theres a local business called Paris Coffee Company. Theres about 10 places around here that I might be able to place one in. I'm thinking about mass producing them and selling them.

I'd make more money off it it you were to maintain them yourself.

I plan on maintaining my own around here, but I could probably sell them for about $500 or so. I figured if you charge $1/disc&case; you will make $115/200 cd's so I'll probably charge a dollar or 75 cents because if you charge 50 cents you will just break even.

That would work, and then if the machines still charge $1, the store would make $.25 per CD.

dtempelmeyer (author)2008-01-02

Neat idea. Would suggest practicing straighter cuts, however.

darkmuskrat (author)2008-01-02

The steps wernt the best but the video and help offered makes it a awsome idea.

Bor (author)2008-01-02

The video is offline! Nice Instructable though.

duncant20196 (author)Bor2008-01-02

I just checked it and its working fine....try this link

where can I get a coin slide

Search ebay for "coin slide"

howboutitbru (author)2008-01-01

do you have a way to make sure that 1 dollar is put in, so that people cant just put in 1 quarter to get a cd?

The coin slide takes care of that...I'll see about posting a better pic of it, but I have it set for $1 for now, but I can change this one from 50 cents to $1.25.

interesting, do you know how that works

It uses a lever system, if all 5 levers aren't raised the slide will stop.

eLeet (author)2008-01-01

Excellent idea :) I like the simplicity- many folks these days overcomplicate things, adding unnecessary elements :P

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