I’ve got a problem. It’s not really a SketchUp problem, but I think enough people on this forum will have good ideas that I’m posting it here, in the Corner Bar Category, since it’s “Off Topic” to all the other categories in this forum!
I’ve built myself a Murphy Bed/Desk Combination:
And I’m currently using it as my desk - sorry, no current pictures, I don’t want to show the mess!
I also have a Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 scanner:
The first photo shows the ScanSnap in it’s “closed” configuration (which is also the “Off” position, there is no On/Off switch!) which is how I normally keep it when I don’t need to do a scan.
I want to design a “holder” for this that will let me mount it so I can easily reach it when the Murphy is configured as a desk, and will move with the bed bottom when I pull it down for using the Murphy as a bed.
Strike that. I have designed the holder! But I’m missing one piece of hardware.
Here’s the holder:
It’s a concept model - I haven’t modeled the details. The big planar piece is the bottom of the bed which, when vertical, is the backdrop for the desk. The grey-ish box is a quick and dirty placeholder for the ScanSnap in the “closed” configuration. The REST of the model is the holder.
Here’s a gif of the motion I need between the two parts of the holder:
What I need is suggestions for the hardware that will connect the two pieces of the holder to accomplish the motion. Note that I can’t simply use a rod as it would have occupy the space where the scanner resides!
- I don’t care (within reason) how big the “gap” is between the pieces connected by the hardware.
- Scanner weighs 3 kg (6.6 lbs) so, assuming the “base” of the holder weighs 1 kg or less, each piece of hardware will handle a 2 kg load - in shear!
- I’d be surprised if I change the bed/desk orientation more than 250 times over the life of my use of this furniture - and SHOCKED if I end up changing it 1,000 times!
- The width of the pieces the hardware connects isn’t important. I’ve drawn them at 3", but it could be a bit larger if necessary.
- The thickness of the pieces the hardware connects isn’t critical. I’ve drawn them at 3/4", but can accept any thickness that works with the hardware.
- Near invisibility (except when viewed within the “gap”) would be nice, but not at all necessary. I value function far more than form in this case.
All suggestions welcome! If your suggestion is for a particular purpose specific device (like a cross between a lazy susan and a hinge), a link to where I might find it online would be appreciated.