After posting the pictures of The Rising I was asked by a couple LJ’s to post more information on the mechanism I designed to lift the book. Since I do not have the box anymore I took some screen shots from the 3D modeling software I use for initial designs (SolidWorks if anybody is interested. It is the program I use at work).
Below I show the mechanism in its lowered position.
Here it is half way through its motion.
And here it is at the top of its motion.
I think the pictures are coming in different sizes but I don’t know why…sorry about that. So, you should be able to see how by rotating the cam handles it raises the middle platform. There is a board that sits on top of the middle platform, I just call it the lifting board, and the bible sits on this board. That board is guided by runners in the side of the box so that it stays straight while activating the lifting mechanism. The lifting board “slides” on the middle portion of the lifting mechanism.
I hope this helps!
-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!