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Camera Stand

  • February 12, 2017


I have wanted a camera stand for a few years, as it was difficult to set up and use a tripod in the small room a do my tabletop photography in. I had look at various plans using pipe, but they all called for welding of some kind which I o not have. II decided that I would build one using a wood base. I drew up a rough sketch of what I needed
I knew I would need a heavy base, so I choose to use oak runners from pallets the runners bus had the nails removed, were planned 1.5 x 3.5 inches 4 are cut to 22 inches for the center and 6 at 12inches for the sides, the pieces where than glued and fastened with 2.25 screws. I then cut a i inch thick piece of oak the same diameter of my cast iron mounting flange attacked both pieces to the base using 3.5 inch TimberLocks. I need sanded the base again stained it and apply 3 coats of Spar Varnish The pipe used is 1.25 inch Black pipe the upright is 6ft tall. I drilled a 5/16 hole every 6 inch for a safety stop, ( This will be change to one every 3 inches) The cross arm is another piece of 1.25 pipe cut to 32 inches this a cap on one end and a tee on the other of my Ball head camera mount. A cheesebrough clamp is used to connect the two together. i rigged a cable and ratchet assemble for to lift the cross arm, the counter weight is an cast iron sash weight cut down to fit inside the pipe.the cable runs through a small pulley. I will be adding adjustable levelers later on. The stand is very stable and works extremely well.

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Camera Stand

by Robert W Rozell II
Feb 12, 2017

I have wanted a camera stand for a few years, as it was difficult to set up and use a tripod in the small room a do my tabletop photography in. I had look at various plans using pipe, but they all called for welding of some kind which I o not have. II decided that I would build one using a wood base. I drew up a rough sketch of what I needed I knew I would need a heavy base, so I choose to use oak runners from pallets the runners bus had the nails removed, were planned 1.5 x 3.5 inches 4 are cut to 22 inches for the center and 6 at 12inches for the sides, the pieces where than glued and fastened with 2.25 screws. I then cut a i inch thick piece of oak the same diameter of my cast iron mounting flange attacked both pieces to the base using 3.5 inch TimberLocks. I need sanded the base again stained it and apply 3 coats of Spar Varnish The pipe used is 1.25 inch Black pipe the upright is 6ft tall. I drilled a 5/16 hole every 6 inch for a safety stop, ( This will be change to one every 3 inches) The cross arm is another piece of 1.25 pipe cut to 32 inches this a cap on one end and a tee on the other of my Ball head camera mount. A cheesebrough clamp is used to connect the two together. i rigged a cable and ratchet assemble for to lift the cross arm, the counter weight is an cast iron sash weight cut down to fit inside the pipe.the cable runs through a small pulley. I will be adding adjustable levelers later on. The stand is very stable and works extremely well.