Wooden Mechanism for Book Box

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Blog entry by Triumph1 posted 06-01-2010 02:07 PM 8809 reads 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After posting the pictures of The Rising I was asked by a couple LJ’s to post more information on the mechanism I designed to lift the book. Since I do not have the box anymore I took some screen shots from the 3D modeling software I use for initial designs (SolidWorks if anybody is interested. It is the program I use at work).

Below I show the mechanism in its lowered position.

lower position

Here it is half way through its motion.

middle position

And here it is at the top of its motion.

upper position

I think the pictures are coming in different sizes but I don’t know why…sorry about that. So, you should be able to see how by rotating the cam handles it raises the middle platform. There is a board that sits on top of the middle platform, I just call it the lifting board, and the bible sits on this board. That board is guided by runners in the side of the box so that it stays straight while activating the lifting mechanism. The lifting board “slides” on the middle portion of the lifting mechanism.

I hope this helps!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#1 posted 06-01-2010 04:01 PM

Hi Jeff,
Thanks for posting this. I don’t think I’ll be doing this for my bible boxes though. You mentioned in your blog that this was your first box and the customer had seen some work before that led them to ask you for help. Do you think you can elaborate on what that customer had seen that sold this piece?


-- Jim

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#2 posted 06-01-2010 04:38 PM

Thank you, Jeff. That is one of those things I may be asking myself to find later. Duly favorited. Thanks for sharing your design for an efficient lift mechanism.


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#3 posted 06-01-2010 04:44 PM

Thanks Jeff most ingenious and great drawings.

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#4 posted 06-01-2010 05:44 PM

what a great design…thank you jeff so much…this will be fun to try…have a great week…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 06-01-2010 06:02 PM

Thanks for posting it! Great design!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#6 posted 06-01-2010 08:44 PM


Your design sense, attention to detail, and ingenuity is something I can only hope to strive for. But perhaps most impressive is your willingness to share. Thank you.


-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#7 posted 06-01-2010 09:48 PM

A relatively simple solution .. how ingenious !!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#8 posted 06-02-2010 03:13 AM

OutPutter…well the customer was my old boss so he knew how serious I took my “hobbies”. At the time I really hadn’t done many projects. I did a walking staff and holder, a cupola, a flag box(since it was for a flag I just didn’t consider it a box box) and a guitar rack. From seeing the pictures of those he knew artistically I could produce him something unique. Plus from years of being my boss he knew I had an “odd” side:-)

Thanks everybody for the positive feedback! Feel free to give it a try but promise me you will let me know when you post what you come up with. It is always nice to see another take on a design!

Well time to go make some sawdust! Have a great night everybody.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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