Walnut Plasma Lift

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Project by NickTobis posted 02-07-2009 05:09 AM 1746 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an interesting project. The man who wanted this built came to us with some ideas. He wanted a cabinet built to go with the theme of his house, very rustic, and he wanted it to house his stereo and 42” plasma with out looking like anything conspicuous. We settled on the two drawer two door design. We also have two sets of actuators running the piece. The first two are rated 400 pounds each. they lift the tv and upper section. The smaller actuator lifts the two faux drawers, and they both can be activated separately. The upper portion is used to store his stereo and cable box, also ventilation fans were installed to cool all the equipment. The finish on the piece is a termite eaten old look, with shelac base.

-- T&G, West Palm Beach

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#1 posted 02-07-2009 02:02 PM

Very nice work. I especially like the distress and finish. I got lucky and found some stock at a handymans store just full of wormholes. Got a great reduced price for it too.
Q: what type (manufacturer) of actuators did you use ?
We have a very good company located in Louisville, Ky. that make such actuators.



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#2 posted 02-07-2009 02:11 PM

Great looking TV cabinet. You did a great job on it.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 02-07-2009 04:24 PM

I’ve seen the commercially made lifts that are as expensive as all get out. This looks like you have crafted your own with heavy duty drawer slides. That’s outstanding.

Mind showing us how you did it?


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#4 posted 02-07-2009 06:02 PM

Your exactly right, commercial lifts are reliable, smooth, compact, and expensive as hell. We went to and picked up some heavy duty liner actuators. These are D.C. run and easy to set up. Firgelli also sells remote control boxes, and the slides you pointed out. The only problem with the actuators is their size. For 30 inches of lift, you need to hide a 39 inch long actuator.

With all that said, we put two 400 pound lifts attached to a plywood box in this cabinet. The sides keep the box straight as it rises and falls. The upper section is powered by one 8 inch actuator lifting the upper door. All are wired through a ac to dc converter, and i also wired in a surge protector in the upper by branching off the 120 ac as it inters the cabinet…

I’ll post some pictures of it all…

-- T&G, West Palm Beach

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#5 posted 02-07-2009 11:39 PM

Fantastic and thanks for sharing with us. I have been kicking around a log bed with a hideaway TV. Your info will certainly help. Thanks

-- Dave, Ohio,

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#6 posted 02-08-2009 04:18 AM

That is really cool!

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