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Here is an idea that has you both building and enjoying a delicious snack for the afternoon! Yep, thats right, a JELLY BEAN DISPENSER! (also works for M&Ms.) Sorry about the sideways pictures. I cant really figure out how to fix that. oops! :)
 
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Step 1: Materials

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For this project, I used...
- 2 4''x4'' pieces of wood 7/8'' thick
- 1 31/2"x31/2" piece of wood 11/2" thick (31/2" 2x4)
- 1 31/2''x31/2'' piece of wood 1'' thick.
- 1 61/2'' to 10'' long piece of wood 1'' thick and 1'' wide
- 1/4'' dowel
- thin piece of wood at least 11/2'' long and exactly 1'' wide
- Mason Jar and cover. (screw on part)
- wood glue
- very small nails
- nails that are able to secure the wood good (not to long, not to short.)
- 1/2'' drill bit
- drill bit the size of the very small nails
- 3/4'' or 15/16'' drill bit
- Table saw
- Band/Scroll saw
- Tape measure
- Square
- Hammer
- Punch
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Varnish, Paint, or Polyurethane.
- Jelly Beans!!!!

Step 2: Cut and Drill

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Cut all your wood down to size, and then mark the two 4x4'' top and bottom. find the middle of the top block and drill a hole in it with the 3/4'' or 15/16'' drill bit. Set both pieces aside. take the thin 31/2''x31/2'' piece, and the long piece of wood of the same width. (1'') Put the top 4x4'' piece and place it atop the thin 31/2''x31/2''. Using a pencil, put a dot into the 31/2'' piece through the hole, so you know where to place your long piece. center the long piece of wood over the dot, and mark where it is with a pencil. make the lines you just made about 1/16'' bigger, and cut out on any saw, just make sure it is even. After this, carefully glue and nail down the wood you cut onto the thicker 31/2x31/2'' piece.
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akwhitacre made it!1 month ago

Really easy to make, but with the humidity that's kicked in here this summer, jelly beans just aren't playing nice. However, any kind of hard candy has worked well. I bored a larger hole (after determining jelly beans didn't work for me) and made *two* cutouts into the slider: a shallow one for small candies, and a deeper one on the opposite side for peanut M&Ms.

A few key changes/notes for my slider vs. the one in this tutorial...

1. The 30-degree cut into the slider was too steep to prevent jams. I made a longer, shallower cut...maybe ~60 degrees...that more easily guided extra pieces back up into the bore hole. (My second cut-out for peanut M&Ms was fine to leave at 90 degrees.)

2. I didn't make the front 30-degree cut. After testing, it just didn't seem necessary.

3. While I wouldn't necessarily recommend this for dispensers used by kids, I didn't add a back stop. I wanted to be able to pull the slider out all the way in case of a particularly bad jam, which, in the case of soft candies, can leave a gummy residue that keeps the slider from sliding easily from then on. Leaving off the stop means I can clean the slider when needed.

Other small touches you can see in the attached photo: I routed a curved edge into the two 4" pieces, and I hot-stamped a logo (check out this tutorial) on the front right.

Other recommendations...

Use a miter saw instead of a table saw if you have one. Not only is it quicker, you can use it to trim the edge where the 1x2's sit atop the 2x4's and make them perfectly flush.

The dowel is so tight you really don't need glue. You never know if, over time, it will crack or get broken, and you'll want to be able to replace it if needed.

Rub a white candle on the slider to get a smoother slide.

Line up your wood grains.

If you do make a second cut-out for larger candies, remember to add a dowel to the other side of the slider. If you check out my photo, you'll see I drilled all the way through the slider; I trimmed about 1/3 off two dowels and placed one on each side of the hole.

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OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  akwhitacre1 month ago

Wow! I love your recomendations! It turned out great. This was a very early project of mine, so I now know that the miter saw would have been a better choice (oops!) Also, The wood grain! ah! I knew something wasn't right!

olboyuk1 month ago
Made one with my son last night. So simple but effective.
Fishyfish1232 months ago
Shelby, you could maybe turn it upside down.


Love it!!
15303shelby2 months ago
Fantastic idea what if you wanted to refill the container and there is still jelly beans in it just wondering


And this was not at all confusing to me awesome job
SlickSqueegie2 months ago

nice work! Wasn't confusing at all, you did great.

My son just made one in Jr. High tech class

kbc22 months ago
pretty cool! my 3 y/o daughter had no idea what i was reading but saw the jelly beans and told me to make one. as stated in another comment, be careful on the spacing of numbers when giving measurements, 3 1/2 vs. 31/2. but still a great i'ble!
mmm, I wonder what happenned to the red jellybean :)

It went back into the jar...?

hahaha, i guess the world will never know...... :)
jlepack5 months ago
I loved this instructable. I built one similar to this. very fun project.
OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  jlepack3 months ago

Thank you!

kosteej7 months ago

Hi! I love this! Do you think it could be possible to re-create the pieces using a 3-D printer?

OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  kosteej6 months ago

yeah, I think so. I have absolutely no experience with 3-D printers, but from what I've heard, this would be a really easy project to make with one. And thanks! I'm glad you like it!

brandt e7 months ago
I might make one out of a log.
OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  brandt e7 months ago

Great idea!

nancyjohns9 months ago
I saw almost the EXACT same thing in a boy's life magazine.
OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  nancyjohns9 months ago
i guess its not as original as i thought!
NoVet5411 months ago
you should change how you state the measurements because 31/2" looks like it says thirty-one/two instead of 3.5". Just a tip!
darisrob1 year ago
This is a great project. Thanks for sharing....!
OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  darisrob12 months ago
thanks for reading!
londobali1 year ago
Great job!
i like the idea..

would it work if i drill a hole thru the pusher? so that the jelly beans will drop to my waiting hand (or mouth).. :)
or will it make it stuck? does yours get stuck sometimes?

Thanks for sharing!
dpadevski1 year ago
Heyho, you don't happen to have a metric version of this instructable lying around anywhere, do you? Greetings from Germany
OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  dpadevski1 year ago
no i dont, but i would be happy to make one!
I HAV A DRILL PRESS EXACTLY LIKE THAT THAT MY G-PA GAVE ME!!!!
OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  dovehunter21 year ago
cool!!
I have just made this instructable but whenever try to dispense a jelly bean about 5 come out and they jam the draw thing and squish the jelly beans! Is there a step that I have missed that stops this from happening?
OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  alexanderall1 year ago
hmm, this has never happened to me before. could you have made the opening for the jelly beans to come out of to big? also, if the slider thingy that dispenses the jelly beans is loose, they could get squished that way. Im not sure. I made sure i had the measurments correct on the instructable, but it could be the size of your jelly beans maybe? i always use jelly bellys, but they are quite small. im sorry, i hope this helps!
OutdoorGirl16196 (author) 2 years ago
just to clarify, this was all my idea, with some help in earlier versions from my uncle. I have never made this in a woodshop class at my school, though it would be really cool if we did!
fisherman232 years ago
I saw this posted on lifehacker and it is a great idea. Great job, I may make one tomorrow for peanut m&m's following your plans.
OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  fisherman232 years ago
Thank you!
person%2 years ago
cool
OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  person%2 years ago
thanks!
stumitch2 years ago
Nice Job! I submitted a gumball dispenser using a similar method i use with my grade 8 kids but i think this project would be a great alternative! just to clarify... the long piece with the channel cut basically just pushes in, the jelly beans drop down than come out when you pull the long piece out, right? do the jelly beans get jammed as they are pulled out ever? (i suppose thats the idea of the 45 deg cut?) well done!
-stu
OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  stumitch2 years ago
thats the idea! sometimes the jelly beans get stuck, but they are easy to remove. Thanks!
lynnhowlyn2 years ago
Excellent
Perfect for holding/dispensing M&M's too!
Thanks
OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  lynnhowlyn2 years ago
your welcome, and thank-you!
love it
thank you!
chuckyd2 years ago
Well, if you were to make it dispense a handful of jellybeans at a time, it would be awesome!
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