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How Does He Get Toys Up to His Loft? with a Dumbwaiter

Magazine article Sunset

How Does He Get Toys Up to His Loft? with a Dumbwaiter

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How does he get toys up to his loft? With a dumbwaiter

A dumbwaiter for toys takes the burden out of Colin Reingold's climb to his play loft. Since he needs two hands to get up and down the laddr, he can't carry his toys safely. This problem was solved with the wall-mounted toy lift, which could also carry toys to tree houses or attic play spaces.

Designed by David Reingold and Andy Balmer of Portland, the dumbwaiter rides up and down tracks made of two 10-foot lengths of 1/2-inch aluminum pipe.

At the top, the rods run into an 11-inch-long piece of wood ripped from a 2-by-4 to 1 by 1 1/2 inches. At the bottom, each rod ends on a small block of wood with a piece of sponge on top to cushion the shock of occasional runaways. The wood is secured to the wall with expansion bolts.

Made of 3/4-inch PVC sprinkler pipe and fittings, the fold-out shelf has an inner and an outer frame (see sketch). The outer frame (11 inches on each side) is shaped like an inverted U. …

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