Wooden tripod

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Blog entry by PopsHuckster posted 01-20-2010 10:37 AM 12680 reads 10 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK…finished the last leg today and put it all together tonight. Still need to put some urethane on it but want to field test it first. Had a suggestion from another wood worker to mount my digital inside an older box camera (wood of course) and then put it onthe tripod. Sounds like a neat idea for the car shows this year.

Wooden tripod leg project

-- Pop

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#1 posted 01-20-2010 12:39 PM

Nice tripod you built there..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#2 posted 01-20-2010 01:49 PM

I agree that a “wooden” box camera enclosure would be neat.

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#3 posted 01-20-2010 01:52 PM

Great job, looks great, not sure I would use poly though, maybe just tung oil, or the like.

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#4 posted 01-20-2010 04:15 PM

Very nice. I think I would feel about this tripod like my wife feels about the cutting boards I make – - It’s too nice to actually use.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 01-20-2010 04:52 PM

Extraordinary work Pop.

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#6 posted 01-20-2010 05:48 PM


I really like your solution to the leg clamps. Do you get any slipping?


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#7 posted 01-20-2010 07:39 PM

Very nice tipod. The leg clamps look like cam action. Like Lew, I’m curious about how well they work. It seems to me they could be used on a lot of different things if they hold well enough.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-21-2010 12:28 AM

professional. what happened to the original legs

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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#9 posted 01-21-2010 03:38 AM

I am truly impressed. How is the weight?

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#10 posted 01-21-2010 04:35 AM

lew & stefang.. the cam works quite well. you can’t see from the picture but the inside of the outter supports of the legs as-well-as the inside slider have a 15 degree angle cut into them acting like a wedge when the cam is closed. i’ve also cut a slot into the valley of the 15 degree cuts onthe slide portion so outter leg sections ‘bottom out’ into the valley when the cam is operated …also acting as a wedge and maximizing surface contact by eliminating the point.

outer leg detail

with the addition of the adjusting rods onthe cam I can also tighten the cam pressure as needed.

-- Pop

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#11 posted 01-21-2010 04:40 AM

partridge…had to amputate them…the plastic pieces weren’t holding up and they were getting pretty sloppy. it also had a plastic center slide that kept the legs spaced equally that split. AND there’s no glue made (i tried them all) that will hold it together. especially since it has a knob that tightens it to the center tube that contains the riser mechanism to make the camera and head assembly rise above the legs. plastic is plastic….built in obsolecense.

-- Pop

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#12 posted 01-21-2010 11:46 AM

Thanks pop. I like the brass fittings too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 01-23-2010 04:43 AM

wooden wizard…not sure about the weight yet. I’m still debating whether or not I’m going to put the bogen head on them. The Bogen head alone weighs 3 lbs 4 oz. V-e-r-y solid and smooth. The tripod as shown at the beginning of the blog weighs 5 lb 3oz! I thought for sure it was going to be heavier. Each leg weighs about 1 lb 2 oz. So the three legs with the Bogen would go around 8 lb 10 oz. But I would also have to make a wood base for the Bogen head to mount it all together. I’m not sure I could adapt the existing base to accomodate the Bogen head. A guess of about 9-10 lbs total may not be too far off using the new legs, a different base and the Bogen head. A bit heavy to lug around maybe. I’m going to sew up a carry bag to use for the weekend field test if I can. Otherwise a small velcro belt to hold it together will suffice.

-- Pop

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#14 posted 02-01-2010 10:38 PM

Not going to use the Bogen head on this setup. May make a different head and legs for it. Too heavy to use as a regular tripod for general use but would be great for a ‘studio’ tripod at a later time. I made a set up much like an old Bessler enlarger a while back to use the camera as an enlarger before I got my super Epson 4900 scanner. I may do those plans and upload them if anyone is interested. This setup worked great during the filed tests. I’m now in the process of making the plans and adding some instructions and photos as a .pdf file to share here on the site for everyone. I’ll let you know when they’re here.

-- Pop

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