I am in need of some creative innovation and I need your help…
For my church, I am building a stand that will hold various bulletins etc for different groups – I guess you could call it an information booth of some sort. The stand will be about 7 feet tall. The top half of the stand will be a square prism. The length and the width is about 2 feet while the height is 3 feet. The bottom half is a smaller square prism fixed to a larger base and some casters. The stand by it self is quite simple and obviously, the bottom must be heavy so it wont tip.
Here’s the problem that I have: The top part must raise and lower at least a foot – if not more. Our church meets in a school for the time being. Each week, all our supplies are loaded into an enclosed trailer. In order for the stand to fit into the trailer, it needs to be shorter. We thought of making it 2 pieces but I am convinced the stand will get its fair share of abuse simply being moved in an out of the trailer each week. Making if 2 pieces definitely will increase the amount of abuse that it will receive.
Here’s what Ive thought of:
Gas shocks on the inside – some how, I would mount gas shocks – like the kind used to hold open the back hatch of a car. These shock would allow it to be raised and lowered. Ive also toyed with the idea of the mechanism used to raise and lower an office chair. That would be a very simple solution but I am unable to find one that travels 12 inches or more.
As of right now, I am using a long ram bottle jack. It would be mounted on the inside of the base and a little door would be on the bottom. The would add extra weight to the base and it would obviously have enough strength to lift the top part. The only draw back is that it takes a very long time to pump up the jack.
If you have any ideas please let me know. I do not want to have to plug it in or have a battery. I look at actuator arms and things like that a but that would be too costly for this. I am convinced their is a better way than what I am doing.
Please share your ideas.