John Tetzloff sent me some pictures of an M&M feeder that he built
"I made two of these M&M feeders for Christmas presents.
I cut the gears out on the band saw, then sanded them to the line with a 1" strip sander.
They were such a big hit.
You get 3 M&Ms per turn of the small crank. It is made of solid cherry.
And yes the Ball jar screws into the top. Turns out a Ball jar has 4 threads per inch,
the coarsest thread I can cut."
I asked him if he had any problems with the M&Ms jamming. (Based on my marble machine
experience, I know this can b a problem). His response:
"Well, I had some problems with that until I removed all the really odd shaped ones,
broken ones, and real the small ones. I took a lot of experimenting to get the
size of the holes right, 13/16" dia x .650" deep with a chamfer."
You can generate gear shapes using my gear template program
or my free online gear template generator
See also: Michael Schultheiss's smarties dispenser
Back to my Woodworking website