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Antique Zeno Gumball Machine (replica)

  • May 17, 2016

fEzZ
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We were having a family reunion coming up, and they ask for craft donations to raffle off chances to win for fun. I wanted to make something unique, and I came up with the idea of an old wooden Zeno Gum Machine. I made it out of all scrap lumber that I had lying around, printed out an old label off the internet and placed it behind some plexiglass. I made all the mechanics out of wood. I must say, that it took a great deal of planning, trial, and error, to make it that it would release one gumball, with a drop of one penny. I didn't want it to be a simple turn of a knob function. It had a door in the back that would unlock to get the money. I then stained, wood burned, and cleared. It was the talk of the reunion. Everyone was buying chances. :)

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  • That is awesome. Great job.
    By j19bill, on July 22, 2016
    • Thank you!
      By fEzZ, on July 22, 2016

  • Hello, I found your replica Zeno picture and I am trying to duplicate. Do you still have the dimensions or picture of the wooden mechanism you made?

    John
    By user_downs_1717524, on February 8, 2021

  • Hi, I’ve also replicated a ZENO and am curious about your wooden mechanism. Would care to share the measurements and how to’s?

    John


    By user_downs_1717524, on March 2, 2021
    • It was a build as you go type of thing. The coin would slide down the slot, hitting a trigger that was spring loaded. When the trigger got hit with the coin, it would open the hole for a split second, allowing one gumball to drop. (Looking at the last picture you can get the idea. The gumballs were placed in a glass jar that was screwed on upside down to the lid in the picture)
      By fEzZ, on April 6, 2021

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Antique Zeno Gumball Machine (replica)

by fEzZ
May 17, 2016

We were having a family reunion coming up, and they ask for craft donations to raffle off chances to win for fun. I wanted to make something unique, and I came up with the idea of an old wooden Zeno Gum Machine. I made it out of all scrap lumber that I had lying around, printed out an old label off the internet and placed it behind some plexiglass. I made all the mechanics out of wood. I must say, that it took a great deal of planning, trial, and error, to make it that it would release one gumball, with a drop of one penny. I didn't want it to be a simple turn of a knob function. It had a door in the back that would unlock to get the money. I then stained, wood burned, and cleared. It was the talk of the reunion. Everyone was buying chances. :)