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How do I make a pulley system to lift a model train display table, while keeping the table horizontal?

My son wants to be able to permanently keep his model train layout fully made up, but we have no space in the house.  I was thinking of making a model display table for in the garage but need a way to easily lift it into the roof space for storing.  The table would need to be kept horizontal while lifted otherwise the trains would fall off the tracks.  I hope the table to be approx. 10' x 6' and presumably lifted from a minimum of 8 points (4 corners + 2 on each long side)


Re-design3 years ago
I answered this exact same question over a year ago.  Here's the link to get you started.
Same image I used before for a similar question:

In this case it was 'removing the roof from a tractor' -- similar can be done with 8 pulleys and 1 draw rope, giving 16x lift advantage on the rope. Use low friction pulleys and add a centered, hanging weight to the center to lower the overall center of gravity -- that way it will lift level.
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I was gonna write it all out, almost exactly as you stated -- you just saved me effort. Cookie for you!
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