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Accessible Cabinet Top

Get more accessible kitchen storage space
 
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While reading "adjustable cupboards," I was reminded of another idea I had a long time ago, but never told anyone. Most kitchens have a space above the cabinetry that either collects dust or those rarely-used cooking items or both. I propose putting another set of cabinets there, or perhaps just a shelf, that slides forward and lowers to an accessible heighth. The tricky part will be designing an inexpensive mechanism that will track horizontally for a fixed distance, and then vertically or a vertical arc in a controlled fashion. I picture a set of easy-guide drawer slider rails mounted to some type of four-bar mechanism that slides the shelf / cabinet forward to the front edge and then lowers in an arc. Adjustable springs or damping would be needed to respond to the variable load.
RayfordSteele, Dec 13 2002

What is a pantograph? http://woodworker.c...ARTNUM=78147&go=281
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       Easily bakeable. You just need a parallelogram arrangement (like a pantograph), maybe a counter-balancing spring, and some careful measurement of the clearances. I like it, but isn't it easier to stand on a chair?
angel, Dec 13 2002
  

       A pantograph? Isn't that a device used to detect the presence of pants?
Pharaoh Mobius, Dec 13 2002
  

       You're thinking of a Polarimiter, [Pharaoh]. An example of a pantograph is the articulated-frame support used as an electrical pickup on some trains.
8th of 7, Dec 13 2002
  

       So it's not a device that allows bad mimes to write what they're acting out then...
RayfordSteele, Dec 13 2002
  
      
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