Step 4: Putting it all together

take the 31/2'' blocks that you put together, and center, glue, and nail the top and bottom 4x4'' pieces to it. Make sure the hole in the top piece is directly above the opening in the pieces of wood. (smaller 31/2'' that were cut earlier) once this is done, take the long piece of wood and place it inside the opening. it should fit snuggly, but slide easily. If it does not, sand or cut out more from the sides. once you do this, get the 1/4'' dowel, and put it in the small hole in the mechanism. (long piece of wood) mark the dowel so just a small bit goes above the top 4x4'' piece. cut and glue inside the hole. Now, take the thin scrap wood and cut a piece that is about 1/2'' bigger than the back of the mechanism. making sure the wood is inside the opening, glue to the back, and add a small nail if you wish. You should now have a working dispenser, with out the jar on top.
<p>Might I suggest a good hard wood and food-safe polyurethane? I would be hard pressed to use a wood candy dispenser if it did not have a good food-safe finish!</p>
<p>I made this with tools that I made from this same site! So fun! Thanks</p>
<p>Cute dispenser</p>
<p>is this an American site?</p><p>if so then DAMN</p>
<p>This project is very fun and pretty easy. It takes a few hours but the product works great! I tried a different style for the sliding piece of wood. I cut an entire hole in the wood so that you could easily put your hand underneath it and let the jelly beans fall into your hand. </p>
<p>Great idea! I'm glad you enjoyed it.</p>
Hi I'm making this in a school project and I don't really get the measurements so can you please give it to me in CM
<p>Looks cool! I love Jelly Belly Jelly Beans! What's your favorite brand of Jelly Beans?</p>
<p>Is it determined how long the project takes? I have an hour or so for my engineering class and we get to build whatever we want, so I am going to work on this. And if you have anything else you made out of wood, could you make sure I can see them, because if it doesn't take long, then I need to build another thing, so Thanks! </p>
<p>The project should take less than an hour. I have built cutting boards, wooden spoons, pens, wooden bowls, etc. that are easy and fun to make! (in a short amount of time)</p>
<p>Thanks, and the project looks fun. It's only a matter of time before I can start building it.. XD</p>
Great little build I can do many times using all my scraps I have lying round. <br><br>I used pine with mahogany top and bottom. <br><br>Thanks
<p>That looks great!!</p>
<p>Great little project, thanks for the idea...</p>
<p>no problem</p>
Made one with my son last night. So simple but effective.
<p>I'm glad you liked it!</p>
<p>nice work! Wasn't confusing at all, you did great.</p><p>My son just made one in Jr. High tech class</p>
<p>Thanks! and thats awesome!</p>
<p>how is thw jelly beans supposed to come out</p>
<p>when you pull that thing on the side it opens the hole for the jelly beans to pur out then you push the stick and the jelly beans are pushed out</p>
<p>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&amp;Ms.</p><p>A few key changes/notes for my slider vs. the one in this tutorial...</p><p>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&amp;Ms was fine to leave at 90 degrees.)</p><p>2. I didn't make the front 30-degree cut. After testing, it just didn't seem necessary.</p><p>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.</p><p>Other small touches you can see in the attached photo: I routed a curved edge into the two 4&quot; pieces, and I hot-stamped a logo (<a href="http://www.handmadeology.com/hot-stamping-tutorial-brand-your-products/" rel="nofollow">check out this tutorial</a>) on the front right.</p><p>Other recommendations...</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Rub a white candle on the slider to get a smoother slide.</p><p>Line up your wood grains.</p><p>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.</p>
<p>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!</p>
Shelby, you could maybe turn it upside down.<br><br><br>Love it!!
Fantastic idea what if you wanted to refill the container and there is still jelly beans in it just wondering <br><br><br>And this was not at all confusing to me awesome job
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 :)
<p>It went back into the jar...?</p>
hahaha, i guess the world will never know...... :)
I loved this instructable. I built one similar to this. very fun project.
<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>Hi! I love this! Do you think it could be possible to re-create the pieces using a 3-D printer? </p>
<p>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!</p>
I might make one out of a log.
<p>Great idea!<br><br></p>
I saw almost the EXACT same thing in a boy's life magazine.
i guess its not as original as i thought!
you should change how you state the measurements because 31/2&quot; looks like it says thirty-one/two instead of 3.5&quot;. Just a tip!
This is a great project. Thanks for sharing....!
thanks for reading! <br>
Great job! <br>i like the idea.. <br> <br>would it work if i drill a hole thru the pusher? so that the jelly beans will drop to my waiting hand (or mouth).. :) <br>or will it make it stuck? does yours get stuck sometimes? <br> <br>Thanks for sharing!
Heyho, you don't happen to have a metric version of this instructable lying around anywhere, do you? Greetings from Germany
no i dont, but i would be happy to make one!
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? <br>
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! <br>
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!
I saw this posted on lifehacker and it is a great idea. Great job, I may make one tomorrow for peanut m&amp;m's following your plans.
Thank you!

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