Do you want an eye-candy decoration that can be used to store snacks? Well, if you make this dispenser, you can actually store candies in it and let it flow through the maze inside the dispenser. Then, just roll the circle into the candy then into the opening to get the sweet treats. Wow, how can we get such a sweet sight? We can get it in about an hour, given that this tutorial is so easy to do! Here’s how you make the candy container.
Materials and Tools:
- A 1 x 2 6-inches board
- A 1 x 3 6-inches board
- A 1 x 6 24-inches board
- An 11 x 14 x 1/6-inches acrylic sheet
- A 3/8×1-inches brass knob or rod
- A 1/16-inch drill bit
- A 1 3/8-inch Forstner drill bit
- 2 of ¾-inch brass hinges
- 10 of ½-inch brass screws
- Wood glue
- Food-safe finish (try mineral oil for a cheap option)
- Cut the boards according to the plan. Here’s the cut list:
- 1 x 2: a ¾ x 1 ½ x 5 ½-inches piece (top)
- 1 x 3: a ¾ x 2 ½ x 5 ½-inches piece (bottom)
- 1 x 6: two 5 ½ x 12 x ¾-inches piece (backboard and sides*) and two 3 x ¾ x ¾-inches pieces (maze**)
*for the sides, cut again to shape shown below.
- Make the dispenser circle from the leftover from 1 x 6 cuts. First, draw a circle (3 ¼-inches diameter) and cut using a router, scroll saw, or jigsaw. Then, make a half-circle by drilling the Forstner drill bit on the border of the circle. Finally, drill a 3/8-inch hole at the center for brass knob or rod.
- Glue the backboard and sides together. Then, glue two of the maze piece in the room between the side pieces – one from the left and the other from the right. Make sure that the maze pieces have a good angle and enough distance in between to let the candy flow later on. Then, clamp and let them sit until the glue dries.
- Next, glue the bottom piece and clamp while drying. While we wait, let’s attach the top by screwing the brass hinges if the hinges are too thick and made the top unable to close properly, try caving in the wood with a chisel then reattach the hinges and the top.
- Stain the candy dispenser and the dispenser circle and let the coat dry. Meanwhile, cut the acrylic sheet to the same size as the backboard. Then, trace the lower opening of the candy dispenser and the spot where the circle brass supposed to be after attaching it to the dispenser. Cut the lower opening with a jigsaw and make the brass hole using a drill (½-inches diameter).
- Put the dispenser circle to place. Then, put the acrylic cut on top and clamp it to place. Drill the screw the acrylic to the dispenser with brass screws (five on each side). Fill the dispenser with your favorite candy and we are done!