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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
I bought a very large chest made of teak and mounted a 50" LED TV to the inside of the lid so we could hide the it when it wasn't in use. The lid (with the tv mounted) is about 80 lbs and 24" from hinge to lip. I want something that keeps the lid open at 90 degrees and keeps the lid from slamming when it closes. The best thing I've found are a pair of these Stabilus gas springs but they can only handle 56lbs. Is there a better product for this application?

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Side of chest where support will be mounted
 

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Would it be possible to just mount more gas springs? For example, use a total of 4 gas springs that are each rated to 20lbs. The only problem I can think of is how to mount them. From what I've read in the spec sheet, they have to be attached to the lid and wall a certain distance from the hinge so there would only be room for one on each side, right? Is there a way around that? Can I stager them?
 

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Hydraulics, gas and pnuematics have styles similar but I'll use the term as a shock for your usage. MOST shocks are designed according to weight, distance and travel, needed features as: is it just a relief/slowing mechanism as a storm door is designed to pull shut and the rate is adjustable BUT has a spot near close that snaps shut for latching (opposite of your needs, just example).

You'll need to find specific shock design and travel which as a mechanical different placement varies wieght and usage. Your thought of duals can be used with one on each side of TV. could be doubled together but as side by side not inline.
Thanks for the information. Can you explain how I can mount them side by side? I'm going to order the gas springs from my original post and if they aren't enough I'll order a couple more. I'm not sure how to mount the second set though. The spec sheet has pretty specific dimensions for the location of the mounts but maybe there is some play there?
 

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Side by side would be like if you had a bolt mounted in the side and both were on the same bolt/axis. The shocks have to have the same axis point to perform correctly , NOT one in front of the other.

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That makes sense, thanks! Do you know where I can find a bracket that I can mount 2 gas springs to? Or i guess I could buy a gas spring that can handle more force.
 

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Before you start thinking about putting two cylinders on each side, is there enough room to do that? I don't think it would be necessary though. If a single cylinder is rated at 56lbs then one on each side should do 112 lbs.

Mounting two of them on each side you would need to add some wood to the sides or have a metal bracket fabricated.
Looking at this data sheet it's not totally clear but it seems like item #8031UW, Gas Spring Kit are rated to 56lb for both combined, right?
 

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100 kg is equal to 220 lbs. The ones we used had less of a rating, and the lid had a 2'x3' piece of 3/8" glass framed with distressed pine.

They do have higher rated stays if you don't think it's enough. The locking ones have a pin you have to release to close the lid.
Danno's link has some good choices....plus he's used them before on cases.
When I did the calculation, I converted all the units. I called the company and they don't have anything that can handle a 24" 80lb door. Looks like Stabilus has a wider array of gas springs. If the springs I bought don't work I'll return them and buy some higher rated springs. I'm not sure I have any other good option.
 

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Really? I am confused, since a push button, electronic opening device would be SO much cooler than a couple of pistons making it easier to manually lift.

Electric/Hydraulic pistons or my design with modified garage door opener posted above.

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Ha! An electronic opening device would totally be so much cooler! The reason I posted this question was because I am having trouble finding a product that will help me open and close the lid safely. Your garage door opening device idea is great but I don't have a 3D printer or know a machinist. I would LOVE to have a button I push to open this thing electronically but would need more help picking out the exact product.
 
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