How to make canned food dispensers

How to make canned food dispensers

When food come in cans, a can dispenser makes it possible to rotate your cans of food, always using the oldest first.

Learn how to make them.

There are three designs.

Consider three types of canned food dispensers: book-shelf, box and gravity fed.
Book-Shelf can dispenser

Of all three designs, the book-shelf is the most basic, narrowest, and is easy to draw plans and build.

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I prefer this design. The cans slide horizontally along the shelf. As you add a new can of food, the new can slides all the other cans along.

Children are so intrigued by gravity fed can dispensers that they played with them and cans were always out of order. That defeated the goal of using the old cans first. Children don’t play with our Book-Shelf side can dispenser.

My teens kept tripping on the protruding exit feed on the gravity fed can dispenser, so I sawed off the part that sticks out. Then I turned it sideways. Now it takes up less room. It fits into a narrow passageway.

See another post with photos of this design.


Box can dispenser

The Box can dispenser carries more cans. It is deeper.

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Box can dispenser

Richard Aitcheson and Howard Strother of Grandview Ward in Hamilton each use a box-type system for rotating their families’ cans of food.

Using Howard Strother’s design, Richard Aitcheson led the whole quorum make one each for their families. Download Howard’s plans [a small 273 kb PDF]for this can dispenser and build them with your quorum. We did!


The gravity fed can dispenser

This fun can dispenser is gravity fed. You add new cans in the top. Take cans from the bottom.

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canned food dispenser

Grant Thompson of Pukekohe Ward has worked on solving the problem of rotating canned food. He has great ideas.

canned food dispenser

Cans of older food used to get left at the back of the shelf. Richard Aitcheson of Grandview Ward has designed a can dispenser that works well too. Grant’s design has led to him making more than one model. A 108 can dispenser and a small 48 can dispenser (Approx NZD $75 each).

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Grant’s father, Neville Thompson, also has an interest in making can dispensers. However, Grant has produced two beauties. They hug the wall. Take up little space.

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Grant’s small model takes 48 cans.

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canned food dispenser

It is easy to see what is in the cans.

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You can remove a can from the bottom.

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It is a gravity fed system. This model stores 108 cans.

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You could make your own, however, Grant’s storage furniture does look great and would save you time. If you have an improvement on this design, please contact me.

This is not a commercial site, so you cannot buy anything here. However, I’ll point you to his website so you can contact him. He is set up to send a pallet-load of 5 can-dispensers anywhere in NZ. So it’s best if the Ward Welfare Specialist has five interested families before making an order.

Supplier: Noah’s Pantry Craftsman: Brother Grant Thompson Ships: NZ wide Models Available: Two models – 48C and 108C.

Larger Can Rotators

Here are home-made can rotators stacked up high.

Make this small food can rotator for your pantry.

16 Comments

  1. Hello i like this idea i would love to make because all my cans is in tupperware box in kitchen we try figure out what to do.and found this awesome idea save space in our kitchen. please let me know how processing work we plans make asap.

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    • I really like how this is made. can you send how to make this project. I think this would be good in the pantry. thx

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    • I Would Like To Build THis For My Wife For Our Kitchen. It Would Save Some Room.

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      • Yes. It saves room for us.

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  2. Follow me on Twitter @WardWelfare for updates on plans for a food can dispenser. This will keep you updated on all Food Can Dispenser developments.

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  3. I love these shelves but I need the plans for the other two shelves. Can you help.

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  4. My husband made one of these but after the cans are all put in the dispenser the bottom can will not come out due to the weight on top of it, is there a kick-out or slant at the back of the bottom of the dispenser so the bottom can will come out, or what do you think he did wrong? I love this idea and since I live in a single wide mobile home storage is sparse.

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    • Yes. A 45 degree kickout in the corner. I do not use the drop down gravity fed method and I do not recommend it. Turn it on it’s side and us it that way, like a book shelf dispenser. No so much fun, but better to manage.

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  5. Hey, Great Idea!
    I was wondering if I could still get the plans for this food dispenser?

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    • Yes. Download them from the page.

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  6. that is a really nice storage and it would work perfect in the pantry

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  7. i just ordered a set of metal racks but i think yours are more practical for us. i would like the plans.

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