Flatrscreen TV Lift Ideas

Flatrscreen TV Lift Ideas

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:43 pm

I'm looking to build in a small flatscreen TV into a hollow wall cavity below a counter separating our living room & Kitchen, where my wife doesn't want to see the TV unless we're watching it. When not in use, have it descend back down & the top become part of the wooden countertop. I have sent away to a company specializing in this type of thing (
http://www.auton.com/category_page_lift.asp?ID=1
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.
) but I can imagine what their electricaly operated lifts will cost! I'm looking for ideas to build some kind of a lift, maybe useing drawer slides or such that will allow me to build a manual lift for a small lcd TV. Looking for any ideas I can use.
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Re: Flatrscreen TV Lift Ideas

PostBy: Dallas On: Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:21 pm

I'm thinking of the old sewing machines and the old typewriter tables, both would hide the machine into the table top. "adapt" :lol:

"typewriter" .. were used before computers.
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Re: Flatrscreen TV Lift Ideas

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:32 pm

Dallas wrote:I'm thinking of the old sewing machines and the old typewriter tables, both would hide the machine into the table top. "adapt" :lol:

"typewriter" .. were used before computers.


Wouldn't know where to start looking for those. Did the sewing machine or typewriter raise & descend verticaly?
(trying to think of something like a scissors mechanism that would allow vertical travel of maybe 3-4ft....I love these sort of challenges!)
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Re: Flatrscreen TV Lift Ideas

PostBy: Dallas On: Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:37 pm

The sewing machine was hinged in the front. The typewriter kind of pulled forward and then back ... I think. I'm also thinking, there is a thing for kitchen cabinets, which brings the mixer up or something.
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Re: Flatrscreen TV Lift Ideas

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:45 pm

Dallas wrote:The sewing machine was hinged in the front. The typewriter kind of pulled forward and then back ... I think. I'm also thinking, there is a thing for kitchen cabinets, which brings the mixer up or something.


I'm sure something will just pop into my mind, but I'm drawing a blank right now. (Maybe something with an electric motor driving a threaded short pole that will travel maybe 3' or so & be strong enough to lift a small LCD TV?????) Manual operation would be fine too, but it has to be vertical as I only will have maybe 6"-8" wall depth with modifications. Maybe like a car scissors type jack??
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Re: Flatrscreen TV Lift Ideas

PostBy: Dallas On: Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:52 pm

How about a "wagon jack" table? Do ya need a pic.?
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Re: Flatrscreen TV Lift Ideas

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:57 pm

Dallas wrote:How about a "wagon jack" table? Do ya need a pic.?


No idea what it is??? sure send a pic
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Re: Flatrscreen TV Lift Ideas

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:00 pm

Wonder if I could adapt an ironing board by taking off the top & replacing it with the top wooden shelf & then adapting the mechanism to hold a small TV. The just lift up the board the way an ironing board lifts to diff heights??
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Re: Flatrscreen TV Lift Ideas

PostBy: Dallas On: Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:04 pm

Wagon Jack table
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Re: Flatrscreen TV Lift Ideas

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:18 pm

Dallas wrote:Wagon Jack table



Interesting!! That would work...& be free!! A bit crude though. Still want to try to figure out a way for it to operate smoothly, driven by an electric motor & cheap to build, if possible. :D Thanks for the pics!
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Re: Flatrscreen TV Lift Ideas

PostBy: Dallas On: Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:43 pm

OK :arrow: We're up to the old double hung windows with the sash cords and weights. Think "garage door". Make a shelf for the TV, which will raise and lower, suspended by cables and counter balance weights.
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Re: Flatrscreen TV Lift Ideas

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:46 pm

Dallas wrote:I'm thinking of the old sewing machines and the old typewriter tables, both would hide the machine into the table top. "adapt" :lol:

"typewriter" .. were used before computers.


I have the sewing machine cabinet in the living room and the desk I'm sitting at has the spring loaded typewriter table inside the door to my left-complete with the famous Royal typewriter you see all the newspaper reporters typing on in old movies. I was still typing letters on it until I got my first PC and a used dot-matrix printer (9 pin).
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Re: Flatrscreen TV Lift Ideas

PostBy: spc On: Sun Mar 09, 2008 3:13 am

I'm thinking electric car window. Maybe incorperate a tailgate window mechanism somehow.
or the easy way, kind of pricey though.
http://www.cabinetparts.com/shop_2008/i ... Ggod_h-D8w
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Re: Flatrscreen TV Lift Ideas

PostBy: Matthaus On: Sun Mar 09, 2008 4:18 am

One solution is a power seat mechanism with a scissor lift to increase the stroke. The mechanism could sit under TV assy. Power seats are jack screw mechanisms with delron or stainless screws. The force needed to move a "large person" in the front seat can be hundreds of pounds. Mount any kind of low HP fairly high torque 120VAC gear motor and voila! I'll post some pics when I get mine done for the bedroom addition. :lol:

Something like this:
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Re: Flatrscreen TV Lift Ideas

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:42 am

Love the ideas guys. Keep em coming. I figure I can buy a unit for about $800.00 so I'm looking for something alot cheaper to build then that. I like the idea lof power mechanism (just to look cool) but manual would work too. Just thought of somehow using those gas storm door closers, somehow. (I want the mechanism to have a failsafe mechanism that will not just drop th TV like a stone!) I could connect 2 door closers to a TV holder but tbhen I have to figure a way to keep the TV up without sliding those washers up to hold it....
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