Motorized pop up hidden secret drawer
Step 1: First thing we want to do i cut a rectangular hole in the top of the counter top
The idea of this project is that we have a vertical drawer lift up from the counter top. It will be pushed up by the Column lift Actuator such that when its all the way down the top of the drawer is flush with the top of the counter top. In addition we want it such that when the drawer is fully raised the base of the drawer is also flush with the counter top too.
here you can see that we cut a hole in the counter top, we mask taped the counter top to protect the wood and ensure it doesnt chip. we wanted the hole to be nice and straight so we used a router to do this.
Step 2: Making the drawer and installing the column lift actuator
The drawer is made to fit inside the hole, you want to make it so that its a sliding fit with not binding spots. The back of the drawer has a false back because we made a slot for the column lift actuator to fit inside it. The Column lift actuator simply slides all the way in as shown here so that when the lift is activated it pushed up the drawer. Here we put the drawer on its side to show how the column lift fits inside it. The Lift and the drawer will then simply slide into the hole in the cabinet and the base of the column lift actuator will just sit on the base of the cabinet.