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Houzz Tour: Art and Design on Raft Island, Washington

A Dumbwaiter Extends from Upper Floor to Kitchen
Photo by Wendy K. Leigh

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fredwalter wrote:
Plans? - Where can I get plans for building a manual, counter- weighted dumb waiter?
   Comment   January 26, 2014
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Wendy K. Leigh
Hello, I'm sorry but I do not know where to get plans for building something like this. When I photographed this, the man who built it told me that he pretty much just "figured it out" himself, based on his available space and needs.
January 26, 2014 at 11:38am   
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ktwright8 wrote:
I am putting a dumbwaiter in my new house, my architect told us it will cost about $18,000 and he wants us to put in a elevator instead for $25,000. The dumbwaiter should be cheaper than $18,000. Right? Thank you
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I have a dumbwaiter in my architect's plan for my house but refuse to spend 18k for an electric one. Can I get in touch with you in terms of materials? We are trying to age in place and those suitcases and wine boxes will be too heavy at one point. Thanks for getting back to me
April 28, 2014 at 6:51pm   
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WBFowler makes a lift. They are out of Canada. I have their wood waiter in my house but see no reason why it wouldn't work for other items.
July 15, 2014 at 7:23am   
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In a nod to both the past and present, Mel constructed a dumbwaiter to transport objects from the upper floor to the lower, emerging into the kitchen area. Though more often associated with earlier time periods, these simple "elevators" are non-motorized and easy to construct, using pulleys and ropes to carry things up and down the stairs throughout the day.
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A dumbwaiter. One Houzzer loves quirky touches like a dumbwaiter, invented by Thomas Jefferson.
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The dumbwaiter was an invaluable mechanism before refrigeration was available. Milk, butter, vegetables and other perishable items could be lowered to the basement and stored where it was cool. A cleat ties off rope on manual versions to keep the dumbwaiter from falling.

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Dumbwaiter without electricity
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Runs Between Pon and upstairs floors to place laundry on 2nd level
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possible treehouse dumbwaiter
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simple - less expensive than motorized one
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Dumbwaiter to downstairs unfinished area
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Shows the nuts and bolts
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dumb waiter
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Dumbwaiter- invented by TJefferson! Fun way t deliver snacks from kitchen t Lower level.
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If we have two strey
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Dumbwaiter from garage
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A dumbwaiter. One Houzzer loves quirky touches like a dumbwaiter, invented by Thomas Jefferson.
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Dumb waiter to take things up and down.
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dumb waiter
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January 6, 2014
a dumwaiter!!!! how cool is that.... so you can bring things downstairs....
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Dumb Waiter
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Laundry tray with cable
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dumb waiter not electric
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September 16, 2013
Oh yea
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September 8, 2013
if there is a conection to the basement the dumbwaiter makes great sense
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Dumb waiters
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Great Idea
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August 10, 2013
awesome! super cool dumb waiter.
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A dumb waiter if different levels?
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Dumb waiter
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laundry chute with pully
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laundry and food
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Manuel Dumbwaiter • http://www.buildsense.com/default.aspx
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Dumb waiter from laundry room to up stairs
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Manually operated
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Dumbwaiter invented by Thomas Jefferson
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for root cellar?
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third floor
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how about going very low tech for the dumbwaiter?
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Kit to basement &back
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manual dumbwaiter
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cool dumbwaiter
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simple dumbwaiter
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Wish I had thought of this earlier!
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The dumbwaiter is so cool. For bringing up dishes from the basement to the kitchen! haha.
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hmmmmm??? to basement for entertaining?
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Really need a dumbwaiter
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dumbwaiter?!!! from main kitchen to kitchenette in bsmt
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alleviates schlepping upstairs, downstairs
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A dumbwaiter. One Houzzer loves quirky touches like a dumbwaiter, invented by Thomas Jefferson.
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dumbwaiter to theatre room
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For wood
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Looks like something my husband would like, he made something similar in the garage ceiling in order to lift large items into the attic for storage.
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To master above
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dumbwaiter for groceries
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Could this be counter-sunk into the kitchen floor, to store cold but not refrigerated foods, e.g. fruit and veg?
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wood dumbwaiter
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any way to use this in pantry?
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Old idea, great idea!
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from 2nd fl to outside? just a thought?great for luggin food, dishes, condiments for cookout?
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For Billy
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A dumbwaiter is installed between the kitchen and room above it.
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Not a bad idea for extra storage in our place!!
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hey simon! your dream!
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Dumb waiter
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laundry chute idea - anyway to make this work laterally?
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lovely idea
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For Todd! He loves these!
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Dumb waiter
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from garage to kitchen?
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dumb waiter
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What is this?
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Dumb waiter
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add it to our laundry chute
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A Dumbwaiter Extends from Upper Floor to Kitchen Photo by Wendy K. Leigh
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for deck to patio.
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Great idea
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Dumb waiter
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February 24, 2012
added by Wendy K. Leigh to Houzz Tour: Between Sea and Sky on Raft Island (3 months ago) In a nod to both the past and present, Mel constructed a dumbwaiter to transport objects from the upper floor to the lower, emerging into the kitchen area. Though more often associated with earlier time periods, these simple "elevators" are non-motorized and easy to construct, using pulleys and ropes to carry things up and down the stairs throughout the day. I am putting a dumbwaiter in my new house, my architect told us it will cost about $18,000 and he wants us to put in a elevator instead for $25,000. The dumbwaiter should be cheaper than $18,000. Right? Thank you 5 days ago | hide 5 replies | post reply | last reply by BuildSense, Inc. BuildSense, Inc. says: I imagine that the numbers that you are hearing are for a manufactured and powered dumbwaiter unit. We are the folks who designed and built the pictured dumbwaiter and the costs were not anywhere close to 18K. We built this, tracks and all, and used sailing lines and hardware to manually operate the unit. 4 days ago ktwright8 says: I appreciate your help and will contact your company once we finalize plans. Does one really need a powered one?? Should like more maintenance to me. 3 days ago Emily Hurley says: Assuming you are not lifting things like anvils and lead bricks, you can probably pull by hand and forgo a powered dumbwaiter, I would think. 3 days ago ktwright8 says: Thank you 3 days ago BuildSense, Inc. says: I agree with Emily. It does take more effort to manually operate, but it works unless you are moving construction materials. For whatever it is worth, it is also more fun. Everyone loves this thing. Even if guests are just bringing a bottle of wine, it rides in the dumbwaiter just for entertainment. I look forward to speaking with you. 2 days ago
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Dumbwaiter for the kitchen
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Great dumbwaiter,
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mmmmm dumbwaiter
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A dumbwaiter. One Houzzer loves quirky touches like a dumbwaiter, invented by Thomas Jefferson.
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what is this?
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a dumbwaiter, does that lift stuff upstairs? cool!
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does it fit in somewhere ?
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Dumbwaiter. =)
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Put in condo?
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dumb waiter
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For outdoor kitchen?
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cool lifter from basement idea
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Carrying loads from the garage to the kitchen.
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dumb waiter
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My mother had a dumb waiter and I would like one also
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Dumb waiter from the kitchen to downstairs
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dumb waiter - not electric!
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Dumb waiter
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Go mr. jefferson!
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this dumbwaiter seems very usable for multiple reasons
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now this is quite the luxury!
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Dumb waiter
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Dumb waiter!
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February 19, 2012
dumbwaiter pulley if your garage is a flight below the kitchen
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Kitchen to studio dining
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love the dumbwaiter, how fun!
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Dumb waiter
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February 19, 2012
a freakin' DUMBWAITER!
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Maybe to send stuff to the lower level?
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love this idea...thanks TJ!
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February 19, 2012
Is it too late for dumb waiter in house?
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for basement?
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dumbwaiter - thomas jefferson
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Didn't know Thomas Jefferson invented the dumb waiter
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