How to Build an Elevator Pulley

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    • 1). Cut a 2-inch plywood sheet to the dimensions of 9 by 9 feet, using a table saw. The plywood sheet is the base wall.

    • 2). Position a 5-inch pulley 20 inches from the top edge and 20 inches from the left edge of the base wall. Drill a 2 1/2-inch pilot hole through the hole in the center of the pulley into the base wall, using a power drill and 2 1/2-inch drill bit. Insert a 3 3/4-inch screw through the center of the pulley into the pilot hole. Tighten the screw, using a screwdriver. This pulley is pulley A.

    • 3). Position another 5-inch pulley 20 inches from the top edge and 40 inches from the left edge of the base. The pulley is 20 inches to the right of pulley A. Repeat Step 2 to attach the pulley to the base wall. This pulley is pulley B. Position another 5-inch pulley 20 inches from the top edge and 40 inches from the right edge of the base. The pulley is 20 inches to the right of pulley B. Repeat Step 2 to attach the pulley to the base wall. This pulley is pulley C. Position another 5-inch pulley 20 inches from the top edge and 20 inches from the right edge of the base. The pulley is 20 inches to the right of pulley C. Repeat Step 2 to attach the pulley to the base wall. This is pulley D.

    • 4). Position another 5-inch pulley 20 inches from the bottom edge and 20 inches from the left edge of the base. Repeat Step 2 to attach the pulley to the base wall. The pulley is pulley E. Position another 5-inch pulley 20 inches from the bottom edge and 40 inches from the left edge of the base. The pulley is 20 inches to the right of pulley D. Repeat Step 2 to attach the pulley to the base wall. The pulley is pulley E.

    • 5). Place a 20-by-20 inch cardboard box in the center of the base wall. The box is the elevator box. Drill a hole in the bottom of the box, using a power drill and 2-inch drill bit. The hole is the bottom hole. Drill two holes in the top of the box, using a power drill and 2-inch drill bit. The holes are top hole A and top hole B.

    • 6). Insert a rope with a 2-inch diameter into the bottom hole from the outside of the box to the inside of the box. Tie the end of the rope. Pull the opposite end of the rope over the bottom ring of pulley E and D. Pull the rope upwards towards pulley A and wrap the rope around pulley A twice. Pull the rope over the top ring of pulley B. Insert the rope into the top hole A from the outside of the box to inside of the box. Tie the end of the rope.

    • 7). Insert another rope with a 2-inch diameter into top hole B from the outside of the box to the inside of the box. Tie the end of the rope.

    • 8). Pull the rope upwards on the top of pulley C and pulley D. Tie a 5-pound weight to the end of the rope. Turn pulley A to the right or left. The elevator box moves up and down.

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