The moose I looked at spilled candy out its bum when you lifted its tail. the candy was on a slope inside the belly of the moose, and was held in with a simple flap attached to a pivoting tail piece. If you held the tail up long enough all the candy would come out, although it would often jam and you'd have to shake it loose.
I wanted to make the same sort of thing, only with a slightly more complex mechanism that would dispense a small, measured amount of candy. I also thought it would be a lot more interesting and, uh, "realistic" if you pushed down the head to get it to "poop" as well.
I designed it for M&Ms or Reeces type candies which I figured would be less likely to jam. And why not make it a reindeer so it would fit the whole Santa/Christmas theme too.
With that list of goals, here's what I came up with.
My kids think it's HILARIOUS (they're all boys), but their mom just rolls her eyes at me because of all the jokes, sounds, and comments that now go along with the dispensing of candy.
Step 1: Material
There was quite a bit of trial and error involved with making this, but even so I've still got plenty of material left to make at least two or three more.
Step 2: Make some plans
The pattern pieces were traced onto the wood, and all the pieces were cut out using a scroll saw.
Step 3: Internal mechanism
You can get a pretty good idea of how this went together and how it works from these photos.
The head section and the candy pusher piece connected to it, and all the black shaded parts were cut from 3/4" pine. The back portion of the head as well as the pusher piece were sanded slightly so they were just a hair less than 3/4".
Dowels were used to create the pivots. I used a dremel to carve out areas to fit the connector piece between the head and pusher pieces.
Step 4: Assembly
The legs on the right side are permanently glued in place with wood glue.
The antlers were glued into a notch carved into the top of the reindeer's head.
Step 5: Thanks
Thanks for taking a look!