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just thought i would share with you something i have built.

about 7 months ago i decided to set up my rig on the coffee table so I could enjoy watching TV whilst I worked/gamed but it didn't take long for my set up to dwarf my living room see below:
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so i fired up solidworks and went about designing a table where i could hide the screen away whilst the computer was not in use or for whenever we had guests.
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then luckily I managed to get hold of some free floorboards so over the course of a few evenings and weekends and with a lot of help from my father the design started to take shape
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the underside of table, screen fits...just!
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and finally the finished article smile.gif
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showing the placement of the filling board to cover up the hole whilst the screen is up.
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after the success of this project i am currently designing another coffee table that has a motorised screen that moves vertically and can be raised to desk height to work on...all from the push of a button.

feel free to leave any comments smile.gif
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That is a brilliant idea, i love it. Cant wait to see the next motorised one, now that would be just awesome especially if you made a switch for it on your keyboard or something. biggrin.gif

+rep for you!
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Originally Posted by Jamyy10;13782109 
That is a brilliant idea, i love it. Cant wait to see the next motorised one, now that would be just awesome especially if you made a switch for it on your keyboard or something. biggrin.gif

+rep for you!

thanks man:D

that is a good idea i think I may be able to come up with something using a wireless remote built from using the radio set up found in RC cars

the motorised version is only a very early concept at the moment as i want to make it as cheap as possible and I keep changing the design lol

currently the design is it will incorporate the motherboard within the table on the underside of the the surface and the CD drives and usb sockets will be hidden behind a false draw. 4 12v linear actuators will be incorporated within the hollow legs so when the table is in "coffee table" mode they will be completely hidden away. The whole thing will be powered by 2 PSUs 1 for the mobo + pc components and another for powering the actuators and motor for the screen.

i have already patented my early design and fingers crossed it will become the perfect office solution for people who like to sit at a desk to work but don't have the space to fit a traditional desk within there homes.

it will take several months to complete the design concept but fingers crossed I may even be able to market it.

so any ideas are welcome
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I have an idea, why not have the first psu for the PC trigger a relay on the second psu to turn the second psu on and then design some sort of circuit that automatically turns on the actuators?

That way the monitor comes out when the PC is and goes away when PC is turned off :-D

I dont know exactly how the actuators work so I can't give any exact circuits but if you let me know how they work I may be able to help.... Maybe get actuators that need constant 12v to stay on and hold the monitor then slowly goes down when power is off?
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Very nice.
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Also I've noticed you are in liverpool so if you wanted for postage cost I could send you a channel RF remote, just needs 2 relays soldered on then it would easily control the actuators
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I have an idea, why not have the first psu for the PC trigger a relay on the second psu to turn the second psu on and then design some sort of circuit that automatically turns on the actuators?

That way the monitor comes out when the PC is and goes away when PC is turned off :-D

I dont know exactly how the actuators work so I can't give any exact circuits but if you let me know how they work I may be able to help.... Maybe get actuators that need constant 12v to stay on and hold the monitor then slowly goes down when power is off?

thanks for adding the idea thumb.gif

Unfortunately I may have to scrap the idea of using a second PSU altogether. frown.gif after hunting around on ye ol interweb i have found that 12v actuators just don't have the power within them to lift something as heavy as a table with a monitor and pc attached within it and even if they could (just) manage that the whole thing would fail if you leant on it. (would be funny to see though:p)

So it looks like I might be looking at 18-24v heavy duty actuators...the benefit of these is that some have 500lb load strengths to they should be up to the task, a lot of them also come with built in holding brakes so you would not need to constantly put power across them for them to maintain their height.

Another option I have started looking into is a small hydraulic system as this would mean that you would have a near silent operation and all you would need is a set of solonids a small pump and a small reservoir tank. But what's putting me off that idea at the moment is the weight of the set up....but its still an option! smile.gif

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thank you smile.gif
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Also I've noticed you are in liverpool so if you wanted for postage cost I could send you a channel RF remote, just needs 2 relays soldered on then it would easily control the actuators

thanks I might take you up on that once I decide what direction i am going to go with the legs wink.gif
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Wow. That's actually pretty nice! Everything lines up and looks very sleek. I'm personally not a huge fan of wood, but the quality of your mod is fantastic! Really dig it!
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Ok, that is just awesome!
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