Of course you will need two safely accessible endpoints for your lift, in a clear line of sight from each other.
This the parts list for the gondola lift:
- a windscreen wiper motor salvaged from a car (or a similar very low rpm geared motor, around 50 rpm)
- a power source suitable for the motor, either battery or a power supply (I found a 12 V switching power supply rating 1200mA just coping with the motor at its lowest speed).
- two matching pairs of plastic camping dinner plates (not the high end hard plastic types, but the cheap, slightly flexible ones. I tried both dinner plates and deep soup plates, but the deep plates do not work on the motor side, as their high rim touches the motor).
- some small screws
- hot melt glue (or a lot more small screws)
- a “side wheel” (see picture, I used 35 mm diameter pvc furniture wheel)
- a couple of washers large enough to fit over the axle of the drive shaft
- a nail 2-2,5 mm diameter
- tie wraps or an alternative to attach the motor to a support
- some scrap wood and larger screws to make two supports (this will depend on what you want to attach the lift to)
- some rope, two times the length the lift has to span, + some extra to make the knot (I used kite rope, about 2 mm in diameter)
- 1 to 2 mm steel wire, I used about 50 cm length for each gondola
- some sturdy tape (e.g. duct tape)
To this you add the materials of your choice for the gondola’s (see last step for inspiration).
Of course, you will need some tools:
- a hot melt glue gun
- a drill and drill bits for steel (diameter 2,5, 4 mm and 10 mm)
- screwdrivers for the screws used