Counter Balancing a TV

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Forum topic by JPSmith posted 09-01-2015 03:51 PM 618 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-01-2015 03:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cabinet design stickley

Has anyone ever counter balanced a TV in a cabinet?? I’m thing about building a Stickley inspired sideboard with a hidden compartment for a flat screen. But I’m trying to figure out how to raise and lower it. All of the motorized lifts are $500-$750 and they take up 7” of depth, plus another 3”-4” for the TV. If my cabinet depth is only 20”, there’s no room for anything else.

I was thinking there has to be a better way. Has anyone else ever tried something like this?

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#1 posted 09-01-2015 10:05 PM

Any way you could do like they used to work the old double hung windows? Run a rope UP to a pulley, then back down inside a false wall to a weight at the end. Do both sides with the same weight so it’ll be balanced.

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#2 posted 09-01-2015 11:03 PM

Yeah, I’ve playing around with something like that in my head. Putting two weights with cables at the ends of the TV and having them slide up and down on some rails like a vertical drawer. It would make the thing wider not deeper. I was wondering if anyone has done something like this before. I hate to reinvent the wheel.

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#3 posted 09-02-2015 02:38 AM

Make a panel for the TV to mount to. Put French Cleats on the panel and on the back of the TV.
On the back of said panel, mount full-extension drawer slides vertically. Mount wood blocks to the slides, so they will stand off from the back of the cabinet. Also make the blocks at least 2” longer than the slides, and center the slides on the blocks. How much stand off depends on the size of your weights.

Put eye hooks in the top edge of the panel, and attach pulleys to the cabinet ceiling, lining them up such so your rope/cable will run vertically from the eye hooks to the pulleys.
Now attach the standoff blocks to the cabinet back, sliding the panel up to expose the lower end of the blocks. so you can screw them down, then slide the panel down so you can likewise screw down the upper ends of the blocks.

Run rope or cable over the pulleys and tie one end of each to its respective eye hook, and the other end of each to a weight, then carefully drop the weights into the space behind the panel. Stick a scrap of wood between the top of the panel and the cabinet ceiling, so the panel does not slide all the way up (remember, it is unbalanced at this point). then put the TV on the panel, remove said scrap, then adjust the height of the TV to your liking.

You may have to adjust the balance at this point. TV slides up? Add weight to the panel (washers, steel plates, coins, little baggies or Altoids tins of lead shot, etc.). TV slides down? Add weight to the weights (see above).

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