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mrjohnson92688
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« on: February 15, 2016, 03:56:42 am »

Hey gang,

I wanted  to share my popcorn stand. 

The wheels are lawnmower.

All the plywood was scrap from the garage.

The brackets are from a closet remodel.

Red and white spray paint and a cute metal sign from Hobby Lobby and it's done!


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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2016, 12:11:24 pm »

Great job, it looks fantastic!

So what are ya gonna do with all the money you saved by NOT getting a $300 manufacturer cart?
Thats a lot of new movies
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2016, 12:51:13 pm »

This is my favorite kind of stuff to see and I'm glad you shared it.  I have built a lot of stuff both for the theater and not out of things I had on hand.  I love the creative process involved, and your cart looks great! 
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2016, 06:25:40 pm »

That is so great! I love it. You did a fantastic job. That's so much better than buying one.
Now, do tell. Is it a box that is supported in each corner with 2 X 2s that extend down for legs? Half-inch plywood? Three-quarter inch plywood?  Are the braces around the bottom legs wood as well?

P.S. Is the popcorn machine secured to the cart, or does it just sit on the top?

I WANT ONE! It's just so cool.
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2016, 02:27:38 am »

https://tinkercad.com/things/1KAhBmY14Ev

This is a link to the 3D model I made to design the cart. The popcorn machine has latches on the bottom (like cane bolts) to secure to b the commercial carts.

 I picked up some similar bolts from the hardware store. I promise to upload some more detailed pjotos.

2x2 posts in all 4 corners.  1/2 inch plywood. Std red and white spraypaint.

More to come.
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2016, 09:20:42 am »

Wow that is so nice........makes me feel bad Cry....about all I can do is pop the corn. LOL
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2016, 08:14:40 pm »

Thank you so much, Mr. Johnson.  When you have time, I'd love to see more photos. A close up of how you attached the wheels would be great. I have an idea of how it might have been accomplished, but would appreciate a look at yours. Some dimensions too? This is definitely a MUST for me. I love to build things.
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2016, 01:16:18 pm »

More details on my stand:

First image shows the relative size. The width and depth of the base is determined by your popcorn machine.

Second image shows a cover I made. This will help keep things from getting dusty in the off season.

Third image shows the door. I can store all the popcorn fixings in here.

The wheels are Lawn Mower wheels. I picked up a set then went over to the hardware department and picked up a threaded rod that was the right diameter to be an axle. I picked up 4 washers and two nylon lock nuts (nylock). I took the legs that the axle would go through and clamped them together. Then I drilled a hole the same size as the threaded rod.

I put a handle on both sides. The handle is a closet rod. The supports for the handles are you guessed it... closet rod hangers. You can of course design yours with just handles on the side with the wheels.

What would I change? I am going to add some locking 2" stem casters on the front legs. I found sometimes when moving the machine the front legs would touch down. This will make it easier to move


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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2016, 11:45:03 am »

Mr. Johnson,
Thank you for taking the time to add more information.
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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2016, 10:53:33 am »

I was asked how the popcorn machine connects to the stand....

Commercial popcorn machines have 4 spring loaded L shapped cane bolts. When it sits on a bar the bolts are flush with the underside. The 4 rubber feet raise it up just enough.

 When put on a stand the handle goes down and the bolt extends. So I needed a hole for the bolt handle and something to engage the bolts. Turned the popcorn machine on its side and cut holes in poster board to match the bolt locations. Next I bought 4 white canebolts from Home Depot. I attached them and it looks great!

#popcornstand


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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2016, 07:47:44 pm »

I think it would help me understand a bit more if I could see a part of the underside of the popcorn machine.
Yes, I know. I'm a little pushy, right?
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