Plans for a Food-Can-Dispenser

Plans for a Food-Can-Dispenser

Make your canned food dispenser. If you are a skilled at woodwork, you could make these for others and sell them.

Make your Food Can Dispenser using this free plan.
Download plans for the Food-Can-Dispenser
The most flexible plans you can get to build your own food-can-dispenser. This plan is so flexible it will allow you to cater for any sized cans using timber thicknesses from around the world.

1. Decide what sized cans you will store. Cans must all be the same diameter. Cans can be different heights.

2. Decide approximately how high you want your can dispenser.
3. Calculate the shelf height and shelf depth.
4. Build your Book-shelf-can-dispenser to a size of your choice. Thickness of shelf timber will influence your final specifications.

Download plans for the Food-Can-Dispenser

Photo Credit
1. Photo of can by Tsauawest at


  1. I can’t download the plans is there anyway you can email them to me??? Thanks!

    • You need to update your adobe reader from here

  2. IMO, this is dumb. Canned foods can be safe to eat even years after the expiration date. You will use all the cans in this dispenser waaay before then. So, I guess this is more useful as just a storage and not to track what cans are older than others…

    • Jen, food cans are made of different steel, thicknesses and lining in different countries in the world. Different food in the cans effects the life of the can.
      Some cans only last two years before the inner lining begins to perish.
      If outer conditions of the can are ideal, then it is the inside lining of the
      can which determines the life of the product.

      According to CSIRO, “canned foods have a storage life of up to four years. As a general rule, the lower the storage temperature, the longer the storage life will be.” Quote from CSIRO The storage life of foods.

      Writing the date purchased on your canned food means you’ll always know how old each item is, even when some cans get out of order. I use a black garden marker and write the month and year. It has been most helpful to me in knowing how old my food is and in using the oldest food first.

    • Hi Jen- if you are still there- there are quite a few people who like to keep quite a large amount of food on hand (such as a 3month to one year supply in case of job loss or emergency) and when you have that much food- you’ve got to get organized or you will find that you don’t know what you have and you will lose cans that aren’t properly rotated only to find them again when they are too old to safely use

  3. I see and received the plans for the bookcase can storage.

    I would really like the plans for the drop down can storage unit.

    Is it possible to get those plans even though they are not your favorite?


    • Turn the bookcase on it’s side. Now it is a gravity fed can dispenser. Mind your fingers when dropping first cans into it.


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