Car Jack sewing machine lift

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Project by Rogue posted 05-23-2012 06:14 AM 24181 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a problem. I got a job to build a sewing machine cabinet with a drop lift. However all I could find when I looked for a lift online was a full lift that drop the machine all the way into to cab… not what my client wanted. Plus they where kinda spendy. Inspired by a flat tire change I happened to watch on TV, I found the perfect solution. Grabbed an inexpesive emergency jack and build a purdy little crank for it and wallla! Its the only sewing machine cabinet that has a 3000 lb capacity. The rest of the cab is made of cherry with “special walnut” stain and a good ol tung oil finish. Its got a drop leaf on one side and pull out trays at the top of the drawer stack. And if the casters ever have a flat…

-- Rogue

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#1 posted 05-23-2012 06:17 AM

cool good idea

-- Chad Griffiths Vist my Etsy Shop

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#2 posted 05-23-2012 11:45 AM

Ingenius ! This is a very nice piece. Great job.

Man…...............I love that “jack” idea.

This is definitely a one-of-a-kind sewing machine table.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 05-23-2012 12:34 PM

That is so cool! The cabinet came out very nice too.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#4 posted 05-24-2012 01:18 AM

Great solutiin, looks wonderful

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 06-02-2012 08:09 AM

Good idea.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#6 posted 06-18-2012 02:00 AM

Very nice…..

I am curious if the user will “really” raise and lower this machine….

I know that I will NOT get down there to turn the handle.

Here is what the fly on the wall heard….

( HONEY, I need your help…...

OK just a minute….. I am watching (insert your favorite sport….)

I am trying to turn this wooden handle to put away the sewing machine….

About now “wifey” is on hands and knees, .....

Guess what part of her body “husband” see first !

Happy Fathers Day,

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#7 posted 03-17-2015 08:52 PM

Has anybody taken the router lift idea and adapted it to one of the new, large, heavy (50 lb) sewing machines? I lack the skills for designing and accounting for safety issues, but I would gladly pay for the plans if some talented person were to create them. This is a neat idea, if it didn’t require getting under the desk to crank it (if only we were younger).

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#8 posted 04-21-2017 08:00 PM

Here’s a thought… replace the wooden hand crank with an old socket wrench. Then it would just require a single reach under the cabinet for a quick turn of the wrench knob to engage it for up or down and crank away. For a short wrench just extend the handle with a short piece of pipe or equivalent.

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