I wasn’t happy With the nylon rope or the way the weights kinda swung around. So I’ve started modifying the counter weight system.
#1 I built a “weight box”. I just whipped one up out of pine to test this and will eventually replace it with something nicer looking. Although this one works really well.
#2 I switched from the nylon rope to 1/8” plastic coated cable. I had a bunch of it from a dog run we no longer use, so…. just bought a couple of cable clamps. I also used the turn-buckle that was on the cable already. It was used to tension the cable. It now works really well for levelling the weight box as I wasn’t sure I could get the cables cut exactly the same length and it would just bug the hell out of me if the box sat crooked.
#3 I moved the pulleys to be located over the ends of the weight box. This stopped almost ALL of the swinging around.
I have enough cherry left to rebuild the weight box in cherry, but I also might just build it out of some left over baltic birch ply. Or maybe maple…. I just don’t know yet. I’m just MUCH happier with it now and it feels really solid where before I wasn’t comfortable leaving the weights on. I was afraid the rope would break and the weights would crash down on the base.