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Forum topic by mazzy posted 12-08-2012 02:49 PM 4329 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2012 02:49 PM

Does anyone know where I could get:
1. the necessary hardware which would raise and lower a table to position
2. plans to make such a table

This would be a dining room type coffee table which could covert into a raised table for eating in front of the TV. I’ve seen some great looking ones on

and could probably think my way through the plans and construction, but just don’t know where to get the raising and lowering hardware.


-- Mazzy, San Francisco Bay Area,

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#1 posted 12-08-2012 04:17 PM

Going to the link you have, it looks like all they use is an electric lift like you can get for mounting a TV in a cabinet. There’s a number of companies that make those lifts you can find on line. They are not cheap.

Auton is one manufacturer, but they make those lifts for TV, sewing machines and a number of other uses depending on the weight and height you are wanting.

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#2 posted 12-08-2012 05:55 PM

Rockler has an either-or piece of machinery that’s manual.

(sidebar: our daughter found one of these tables at a thrift store for ten bucks. Bargain of the century.)

Hafele has a mechanism that is more for desks but might inspire.



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#3 posted 12-08-2012 06:00 PM

I don’t know who makes them, but table raising mechanisms are used in hospital furniture, like bedside tables.

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#4 posted 12-11-2012 01:19 PM

Thanks…I started following your ideas and the internet led me to

Merry Christmas

-- Mazzy, San Francisco Bay Area,

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#5 posted 12-12-2012 03:38 AM

I have cannibalized and used trailer tongue jacks in 2 projects. First was a stock support for a saw or planer outfeed. Required turning it upside down and making folding tripod legs. Works great, and is the most solid stock support I have seen. Second was a folding stand for a Ryobi BT3100 I used to have. Turned the crank to make it go up or down. It worked, but was way too complicated for little benefit. I have a habit of doing goofy projects like that. Sometimes I do those things just to see if I can. One advantage of the trailer jack is it is very robust and not at all flimsy. I picture your pedestal table stand as having a socket in the center of your compass rose (which has a circular outer rim) and then you crank it up or down. Stow the crank beneath a handy hatch or behind the setee. Anyhow, just some ideas to let you play with possibilities. Trailer jacks come in top crank and side crank. Often under $20 at HF.

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#6 posted 12-12-2012 01:22 PM

Wow…great idea. I like inexpensive :>)


-- Mazzy, San Francisco Bay Area,

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#7 posted 12-12-2012 01:40 PM

I looked at the HF jacks. I can see that they have incredible vertical support If I were to weld an extended base and also a top flat plate to support the table top, would it allow much sideways movement?


-- Mazzy, San Francisco Bay Area,

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