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#1 posted 08-13-2018 03:42 PM

Gas springs/dampers are available from many sources; from off shelf automotive units, standard units from Grainger/MSC/McMasterCarr, or full custom (like EasyLift)
Fairly easy to use, and easy to design into projects.
They are basically sourced by length of movement needed, and amount of force.
For a DIY project, difficultly is created when you do not know the final weight. So is best to build it, measure force required to keep lid open (with small margin added), and order the proper lift cylinder.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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