TV Lift Cabinet

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Project by bfaubion posted 04-05-2010 06:03 AM 4620 views 16 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The goal here was to be able to watch movies, and the rare broadcast TV show on a nice
HD flatscreen TV in the living room but not to have to look at it unless it was in use. This cabinet has
filled the bill for the past year very nicely. I was hoping to use a commercial lift mechanism inside the cabinet
but I could not find one that would allow this 46 inch flatscreen to be completely hidden inside a cabinet that would
fit under the window, which was the only viable location. So, I built my own mechanism from full extension
drawer slides, steel cable, pulleys, and a linear actuater hidden under the bottom shelf in front of the tv

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#1 posted 04-05-2010 06:07 AM

Wow – that is over the top. Forget about watching any shows, I’d just sit there and run it up and down!

-- Joe

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#2 posted 04-05-2010 06:14 AM


-- Anything worth doing is worth doing right.

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#3 posted 04-05-2010 06:34 AM

Joe, That’s exactly what my kids do whenever they bring a friend over.

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#4 posted 04-05-2010 07:03 AM

beautiful, very nice work!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 04-05-2010 10:24 AM

Nice piece.
Like to see some photos of the mechanics.
does it open the lid also or does that have to be opened manually?
also is it remote controlled?

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#6 posted 04-05-2010 02:13 PM

That is a great project and an awesome finish product! Would it be possible for you to do a blog and include pictures of the different mechanisms? Also, it would be very cool to see it in action. Maybe you could post it on youtube and include the link! This is a beautiful cabinet!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#7 posted 04-05-2010 03:59 PM

I decided against remote control for a couple of reasons. First, someone may place something on the top
like a drink and it might get spilled if the remote is activated. Second, I wanted the entire top to swing up as a
unit so that would require a more powerful lift. I find it no trouble at all to walk over, lift the top, and activate
the switch that raises the tv. The remotes for the tv and dvd player are kept on a shallow shelf just behind the
false drawers.


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John Stegall

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#8 posted 04-05-2010 07:03 PM

I would also like to see how you did this. I hate having mine show and since we are getting ready to buy a new one, now would be the time to start planning. Terrific job!

-- jstegall

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#9 posted 04-05-2010 07:16 PM

That’s a great piece – not only for the furniture factor (extremely well detailed), but also for the utility! Nice work!

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#10 posted 04-05-2010 09:11 PM

Full extension drawer slides, steel cable, pulleys and a linear actuater? – nice job MacGyver…....but have you ever diffused a bomb with a paperclip and pine cone dust?
Nice project, well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 04-06-2010 02:25 AM

I’m just glad you didn’t compare me to Rube Goldberg.

I seriously looked long and hard for a commercial mechanism that would work but I just couldn’t find one that
would allow this size tv to fit in a cabinet below the window sill and still leave room to store a dvd collection.


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#12 posted 04-06-2010 03:53 AM

Great job! Now you can build an extra one for my TV! ;) I would love to see the inner workings.

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Jason Tetterton

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#13 posted 04-07-2010 08:05 AM

Another vote for detailed info on this one. Very nicely done, The furniture design is incredible. It must wow people when a tv pops out of that cabinet :)

-- Jason, Central Virginia

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#14 posted 04-07-2010 04:49 PM

OK, I’ll try to get some photos up showing some details of the mechanism. Not sure the best way to go about
that. Perhaps in a blog posting?


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#15 posted 04-07-2010 06:08 PM

Where did you get your linear actuator from? Which did you use?

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