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Forum topic by Elkman posted 04-19-2018 01:01 PM 506 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-19-2018 01:01 PM

I am new on this site and fairly green at woodworking. I have completed a few projects like two tables. Potato bin, outdoor bench, picture frames, and several scrolls projects. I was wondering if any one here knows or has any ideas for a future project of mine. I am wanting to incorporate a lift system for a wine cabinet. The system needs to raise a built in cabinet. The system will work like a hidden tv lift. So my question is, does any know of a more heavy duty type of system, or have any advice how I could do this? Thanks, I hope this made sense.

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#1 posted 04-19-2018 04:49 PM

Sounds like a heroic bit of engineering for
a one-off. You could adapt an electric scissor
jack but you might find the lift range unacceptable.

Another way to do it is with 4 threaded posts
fitted with sprockets on the bottom ends, like
a planer table. An electric gearmotor would drive
one of the posts and the others would turn
at the same time, being connected by a bicycle
chain. Some woodworkers have made drum
thickness sanders incorporating this sort of
lift concept. I saw one that had a large center
gear that meshed with gears at the 4 corners.

I think lifts used to be made for televisions but
when the flat screens came along the style of
lift changed.

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#2 posted 04-19-2018 05:18 PM

Have you figured out how much wine you are going to lift. At about 2.8 pounds per liter how many bottles will it contain. Knowing the final weight will help in the design.
Here is a UTube on a TV cabinet lift that might help.
I see there are a number of cable lift systems on the internet that might be adapted to your project.

Also aside of the physical features of this project I have to point out that wine does not keep well in places where the temperature varies, as in a home setting. If you intend to store a lot of wine over a long period you need a controlled atmosphere with a constant temperature. Optimally around 50 -55 degrees; cooler slows the aging process and warmer speeds it up,

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 04-19-2018 06:59 PM

Firgelli has some heavy duty actuators, and their controllers are pretty straightforward to set up. How big is the cabinet, and what are you lifting it out of?

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#4 posted 04-19-2018 09:50 PM

Thank you guys for comments and advice. The project will lift a wine rack, ( box like rack) up from a temperature controlled cabinet. The cabinet that is housing the rack will have glass doors. I’m not sure if any of this is possible at all I just had an idea and ran with it. The rack will hold approximately 10 bottles.

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#5 posted 04-19-2018 09:58 PM

You could incorporate gas cylinders to lift the unit.

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#6 posted 04-19-2018 10:23 PM

Thank you everyone. I will think of all advice presented here. I will also do more research. If I pull this off I will post at a later time.

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