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Electric Appliance Lift

John Eugster  Member


I'm working on a project where the client wants a liquor cabinet with an electrically operated lift to bring up the bottles and glasses. I've found one so far from Nexus that is close to 2K! All other searches so far bring up the spring loaded style for an appliance that comes out of a cabinet.
Thought I'd see if anyone else out there has any ideas or suppliers that have an item such as this.
Thanks -- John

12/14/14       #2: Electric Appliance Lift ...

And why not use a standard tv lift and modify?

12/14/14       #3: Electric Appliance Lift ...
John Eugster

Chris, from what I've been able to find out the problem with that is that TV's are in the same position all of the time. With liquor bottles and glasses the weight distribution may change affecting the balance of it. Nexus even recommends adding drawer slides to the sides of the box to compensate for that --- sounds kind of unattractive to me! Still in the planning stage so we'll see how it goes.

12/15/14       #4: Electric Appliance Lift ...

Pretty sure I used a nexus a couple years ago and it would stop lifting up at whatever point you told it to. Maybe I'm wrong.the weight distribution is something I hadnt thought of. Perplexing indeed. If you figure it out, please post it. Perhaps if "Q" we're still alive (bond) he could help.

12/15/14       #5: Electric Appliance Lift ...
Charles Member

I would take a guess that a rack and pinion system (like some pocket door slides) would be a better choice than "drawer slides" to keep things level.

12/15/14       #6: Electric Appliance Lift ...
John Eugster

We'll see what happens Chris, have an email from another company that makes lifts too that I'll contact today. I'm really getting intrigued by this project and hope the client follows through with it, so far only have a design fee for this research --- will definitely post it on the Woodweb if it comes to a successful life!

12/18/14       #7: Electric Appliance Lift ...

The Nexus AL-250 is where it's at. Good things cost money.

12/18/14       #8: Electric Appliance Lift ...
Tom Diel


You might try an old mono column electric drafting table lift? There are a ton out there collecting dust. It would be a hard wire switch, not remote but it all depends on the budget and how much your weight it needs to hold, and the throw height?

12/18/14       #9: Electric Appliance Lift ...
John Eugster

Chris, also looking at an Auton 1000-A which seems really nice. The platform it provides is acceptable to the client and it has support from both sides -- no auxiliary guides required.

3/30/15       #10: Electric Appliance Lift ...
John Eugster  Member


If any of you that contributed to this forum are interested I did complete this unit and just posted it in the project gallery. I've added the URL below but just in case that doesn't work this is it:

If interested, I blogged the construction of this project on my website under the tag of Mechanical Cellarette.

Thanks for your input, happy to answer any questions should you be approached to take on this challenging piece. The 8/4 Bubinga was beautiful but had lots of movement after milling. Little twist here, little warp there, and extremely difficult to plane but it's done!!

Mechanical Cellarette


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