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Lift-Up Table Mechanism

The Lift-Up table mechanism lifts 6 ½" and travels 17". Great for dining or laptop/tablet use.
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Raise your coffee table to dining height in seconds with this spring assisted lift. The mechanism raises the platform 6-1/2" and hides away when not in use. All-steel construction with baked epoxy finish requires no maintenance. 20 to 24 lbs is the minimum weight recommended to close the mechanism completely and to keep the table top flat. The mechanism can hold up to 100 lbs (including table top and what you put on table). Note that it may be necessary to counterbalance the project to prevent tipping.

(1) Pop Up Table Mechanism
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Brand I-Semble
Manufacturer Part Number XTPE287
Weight 12.2500
Tech Spec
  • 24 1/2" L 19-1/2 W 3-3/4"H
  • Raises table top 6-1/2"
  • Forward travel 17"
  • Minimum size of top: 24" x 28" x 1"(35" x 25" if using 55203 plan)
  • Recommended table top weight is 20 to 24 pounds
  • 1" hardwood or composite material is recommended for the top
Hardware Type Hinges
4.0 / 5.0
11 Reviews
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Very solid, but not inexpensive.
A bit pricey but highly recommended!
It is important to follow their suggestion that the piece being lifted weighs at least 20 pounds. I'm my case, I used poplar which is lightweight so it was necessary to add some MDF hidden below the lid and contained within the footprint of the lifter for additional weight.
Very solid unit - no side play at all.
Very solid unit - no side play at all.
June 24, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Table Lift--A Good Idea
I used one of these lifters on a table I built for my home. My daughter purchased a similar table from Menards. Three years later, my table still looks and open as if I bought it yesterday. Her table is a piece of junk. I bought another lifter and I will begin making a table for my daughter before Christmas. A great buy, even though a bit pricey.
August 21, 2019
11 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very sturdy and works great
I made a pop up coffee table that my wife and I use almost every day to watch TV while eating in our living room. This mechanism is sturdy, reliable, and easy to operate. Much better than some mechanisms that I've seen installed in some store bought furniture. Highly recommended!
August 7, 2019
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Add weights
I have made 2 coffee tables using this mechanism. To make it even more stable I made a box on both sides of the base and inserted 20 lbs. barbells into each side. The result was well worth the effort.
note square boxes in base on both sides.
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July 5, 2018
Love i!!
I like to do computer work and dine in my den so I can watch TV and had the lift top installed in a 30" square coffee table. I ordered the plans and had a carpenter do the install. I have a protective piece of glass on top so no problem being too light. I opted for this mechanism because it looked sturdy. Having a second one installed in a rectangular coffee table next. I don't have to sit with pillows bunched up behind me.
June 22, 2018
Very nice product.
With the holidays coming, I haven't worked a lot on this project. The lift is very well built and operates very smoothly. Although the write-up says a 20-24 lb top is recommended, I measured the lifts performance with various weights of wood, and found that it will work smoothly and properly with as little as 10 lbs. My top will be above that, but somewhere below 20. I'm very happy with my purchase.
November 21, 2017
over 2 years ago
Tickler Table Lift.
Good quality product that operates smoothly both up and down. Fairly easy to install, but needs a heavy top to fully close when installed within instruction guidelines of box depth. Currently my unit does not fully close in the front by about 1/2”.
May 5, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
great lift with one exception
There's something you need to know about this lift, it works great, there are two pieces on each side that stick out below the frame and for it to sit level you'll need to either put a block under the front of the lift or carve out slots in the bottom of the table (inside) to accommodate these two pieces. It's not a big deal but if you don't know that about it, it can be perplexing
January 15, 2020
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
I haven’t completely finished my project yet the best I can give this is 3 stars. The price is right if it’s of solid quality in every aspect. It isn’t. This does NOT come with hardware or a decent set of instructions. Yes I can and u can prolly figure it out but really, $250 pesos and no hardware? Not cool.
September 4, 2019
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Table Lift Mechanism
I recently bought one of these to put in a coffee table that I was making for one of my kids. My biggest complaint is that the lift comes with several holes where you attach the top of the mechanism to the table top. They recommend a top weighing more than 20 pounds. I built a 1" thick 4' x 2' quarter sawn oak table top for this table which would weigh slightly over 20 pounds. The problem with the design of this lift is that it has no elongated slots in which to put screws to attach to a solid wood table top. That means there is no room for the wood to expand or contract. I had to modify the lift myself (which was no small undertaking) to make elongated slots to allow for wood movement. This is a flaw in the design that the manufacturer should address. While the lift works great, I could not recommend this without a change in the design to allow for wood movement.
February 10, 2016
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
I have purchase other items from rockier and have been satisfied with there quality
Chuck T on Jun 20, 2020
Because I can always get support from Rockler
Thomas G on Apr 17, 2020
I have purchase other items from rockier and have been satisfied with there quality
Chuck T on Jun 20, 2020
Looks very solid and safe. A friend of mine used one for a project and recommended I use this hardware.
Bob H on May 12, 2020
Because I can always get support from Rockler
Thomas G on Apr 17, 2020
its the only one that fits the project and its good quality
JACK G on Apr 6, 2020
I have ordered the lift-up mechanism for a quality piece of furniture and expect a long life.
John A on Dec 22, 2019
I wanted this table to last years and years, and premade tables of this type are flimsy.<br />People may put their legs on it, etc. so I wanted it to be able to support a lot of weight.
gordy on Dec 15, 2019
What I needed and Rockler quality
James H on Jul 3, 2019
It's the most expensive lift up mechanism I've seen but it appears very sturdy and I want a quality device.
Kathy M on Jan 23, 2019
Felt it Could handle the weight.
MARK M on May 4, 2018
Looked sturdiest of internet lift-up mechanisms.
Jean G on May 1, 2018
I wanted a lift kit that was stable and reliable.
Kenneth L on Sep 7, 2017
Making table
Arthur S on Jan 29, 2017
I have an oak coffee table which we slide closer to the couch when we eat in the TV room. This takes it toll on the carpet. I thought this modification might be a solution.
Tom C on Nov 23, 2016
I had seen it in a catalog and was intrigued. When it came to make a coffee table for my daughter I decided to give it a try. It worked so well that my son and daughter-in-law requested I make one for them. The mechanism worked as promised and fit nicely into the coffee table I made.
Robert B on Jun 19, 2016
Because I was unable to find a lift that would lift only one half of the table top, which was what my wife wanted. This one appears expensive but because I could not find the one I wanted, I opted for this one as a second choice.
Donald O on Mar 16, 2016
After looking at several others, this unit travels 17". Other models only travel 8". You need 17" to walk between the sofa and the coffee table. the others are cheeper, but won't reach the sofa.
Brett R on Jan 26, 2016
I made a coffee table with lift top to allow closer approach to the couch. Downside is that it is easy to make the table too tall. I suggest making a rough template to estimate proper height. Also the top must weigh 20-24 pounds and when in the correct range it works perfectly but the table becomes top heavy. I placed some heavy books in the front and no longer have this problem.
Charles C on Aug 4, 2015
client order lift table
Rudy A on Jun 30, 2015
I saw a friend's coffee table that had a similar mechanism, if not this one, and I've wanted one ever since.
Ted C on Apr 30, 2015
Looks very solid and safe. A friend of mine used one for a project and recommended I use this hardware.
Bob H on May 12, 2020
its the only one that fits the project and its good quality
JACK G on Apr 6, 2020
Can this be installed on a 39" square table too?
A shopper on May 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I purchased this lift for the table project that appeared in Woodsmith magazine(Vol.24/No.141.
This lift fit this project very well, and provides a very easy lift for the solid oak table top.
It is able to be used on the 39 inch table provided that you have about 6 inches if empty space below the table top. This amount of area is used to store the hardware unit when the table top is closed.
What is the interior size of the table this will fit in?
Stan G on May 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I made the interior 24 1/2 x 20 1/2 x6. This is fairly close to the minimum dimensions.
I was thinking of adding a slide out shelf to this like a keyboard tray, so once it's extended keyboard even more convenient when couch-sitting. I can't tell from the single picture if a design like this would be possible..?
Brad B on Oct 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think the biggest issue would be weight.. You need a certain weight to keep the mechanism down. When raised the center of gravity is still over the base. If you slide the table out after raising it be careful that the base is of sufficient weight to not tip over. You would also have to adjust the the height from the bottom of the mechanism to take into account the extra height of the sliding mechanism.
Is there a mechanism that raises straight up and not forward?
Jan H on Oct 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The only raising mechanism that lifts straight up with no forward motion, that I know of, would be a television lift. I have used these on several television furniture projects, and the ones I used raise straight up. One was spring loaded, and the other used an electric motor via a remote control to raise a 52 inch television flat screen.
Has anyone had problems with the screws breaking? One of the screws (where the diagonal metal bar/part of the up-down mechanism screws to the main frame) has broken. I'm concerned about why this broke (and preventing it in the future), and I'm unable to find a replacement screw to fix it.
Lauren W on Jun 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I can’t speak to that directly but, I did need to return mine because it was slightly bent and it wasn’t noticeable until installation was well under way. Maybe some slight alignment problem?
Got one for 25 1/2 and 48? Inside is 40 x 23 1/2
Icy7croga on Sep 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is a statement and not a question. However, it seems that the table mechanism you bought is too big for the inside of your table. With that being said, the mechanism works great when it's in the right size table
The description gives a minimum size of the table top, but what is the maximum size?
Tim and Janet on Jul 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I am not sure how large a top can be placed but the instructions say it has to weigh 20-24 pounds. I was not aware of the weight requirement so now I am trying to figure out how best to do this eg thicker top or weights attached to undersurface
What/where are the angles required to add so that top will attach to the lift mechanism and the angles to attach to the side of the table/ottoman? I've ordered the lift, but have nothing to attach to it and the wood elements. Thank you.
Snapp on Jul 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The top frame will lift and stay parallel to the bottom frame. There should be no angles involved.
how much weight will this support? I am wondering what the maximum weight I could build on top of the mechanism, I am thinking about a live edge 1 1/2 " slab
Gary R on Oct 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The mechanism can hold up to 100 lbs (including table top and what you put on table).
Will the top slam closed if you don't assist it down? Would like to make sure it is relatively child safe. Also, can you lift the top with one hand without having it twist or bind up?
ray k on Oct 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The mechanism has worked very well for myself. I usually only lift it from the long sides, but even with only one hand, it has never bound up or twisted. The instructions call for a much heavier top than the size I was making would allow. So I did a little experimenting until I got a weight that would raise and lower smoothly and stay down even with the springs trying to push it up. As for little fingers, mine does not slam down, but nothing that moves is 100% child proof. If I were making another table, I'd buy it again in a minute. Hope this helps.
Is there somewhere I can download a pdf instruction file for this? This would be the best way to know if this will work for my project.
Caleb B on Jan 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I do not believe a pdf is available but the plans are available for purchase - approx $10. You can check out You Tube for various install videos from do-it-youself-ers.
Does anyone make a lift-up mechanism like this, but with about 3 inches of lift?
oldmaninjax on Aug 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have not seen one, I checked with the manufacture and no luck
I am wanting to use this to make a table from an old steamer trunk. Can this work for this?
Greg D on Jul 7, 2020
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