I am pulling together some design ideas for a floor-model Gentleman’s toolchest/workbench. I want to make a top for it to disguise what it is when it’s not being used. In other words, I want the “lid” to be used for storage, when opened, for saws, chisels, and the tools I most often reach for. The lid will be approx 60 inches wide by 27 inches, and perhaps 6 inches deep.
This will necessitate some sort of lifting accessory, as the whole works will be perhaps 100 pounds heavy. I’ve thought of Murphy wall-bed hardware applied to the design, but I wonder if those gas-filled cylinders used for hoods and trunk lids would work?? Has anyone ever tried adapting these to a lid-lifting application? Other than trial and error, is there some way of knowing which cylinders would be right for this type of application?
Here’s a pic of the item that inspired me:
As you can see, the lid lowers onto the bench top when it’s not in use. This particular toolchest was featured in LJ in a thread about eBay postings, perhaps a year ago. I intend to make full use of that vertical space with tools securely stowed in the top, unlike the way that space is under-utilized in the photo.
I intend to pack a lot of tools into the lid, which is why I think i’m going to need some sort of lifting apparatus. Any ideas? Thx in advance!
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