Friday 25 March 2011

Apt iPhone controlled retractable kitchen storage island

is a terrific IKEA hack, or a motorized kitchen island that essentially hides beneath the floor when not needed and, conveniently remote controlled with his iPhone!

Tim Thaler created his magic with found IKEA boxes and hardware with custom walnut fronts built by Scherrs.

"This is my kitchen island, below is an unfinished utility/storage room. A hydraulic scissor lift is at bolted to the cement, and then a small frame is built on top of the scissor lift table. On top of that is a sub-floor, flooring, and then the island. The cabinet doors are on the other side, and have safety push button switches that kill the electricity from the Smart Home Insteon switches, and prevent it from moving when the doors are not fully closed. This lift can easily lift over 1,500lbs, so it was an important safety feature!"

The video here shows how Thaler's motorized kitchen island operates so salubriously smooth.

Its important to note, that there's no "How to do" documents since the inventor's motorized kitchen island was used with found parts, and was remarkably made for less than $1,000.
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