Smart Phone Mount and Holder For Tripod

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Project by TheSawDustWhisperer posted 06-04-2019 11:31 PM 1401 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having to always work with one hand and hold the phone in the other to take a photo is alway a juggling act.
I finally got around to building a tripod mount for my phone.

I alway make enough for two in case Murphy’s Law kicks in.

My neighbor built a fence and deck from a wood called Cumaru and threw out a bunch of unused wood. It’s from South America, very rot resistant and one of the hardest woods I ever worked with.

Its 3330 LBf on the Janka Hardness Scale, where White Oak is 1350 LBf. It contains a lot of silica and is hard on tools.
I built a table from this wood and had to change my saw blade after I was done.

The Socket Cap Screw pushes the wood shim down and secures the phone in the holder.
It also protects the phone from the screw.
The photo is with the screw tightened with the flap in the downward position.

It’s glued half of it’s length to allow it to move downward when the screw is tightened and spring back when it’s loosened. I faced the crown down when I glued it.
I drilled a hole smaller than the screw and self tapped it using some bees wax.
The screw was positioned as close to the front as possible to gain more leverage when its tightened.


I used a stacked dado, raising it twice, to put a grove on one side of the wood.

Drilling the opening for the lens with a forstner bit.

I drilled a hole for a 1/4” brass threaded insert for the tripod screw and used the double lock nut on a bolt technique to screw it in.

Some woodworkers say the slot is to help thread the hole. I find it tears up the wood and the other side with the help from some bees wax, goes in much straighter. I use the slot for removing it with a screw driver when I drill a test hole on a piece of scrap wood.

Wiping on some Linseed Oil.

I glued a thin piece of hardwood on the inside to cover the 1/4’ – 20×1’ black socket cap screw. It’s glued on one side and not over the screw and acts like a flap to protect and secure the phone.

Choosing the correct pot to grow Kitty Cats.

-- One of these days I’m going to build a dust collection system. Dusty Lungs

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Paul Lajoie

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#1 posted 06-05-2019 12:16 AM

Nice project, I’ve also have been thinking on doing this with my iPhone. How do you keep the phone in the case?

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#2 posted 06-05-2019 02:12 AM

Nice project, I’ve also have been thinking on doing this with my iPhone. How do you keep the phone in the case?

- Paul Lajoie

If you can see in the second to the last photo, there’s a small strip of wood glued to the inside of the holder. Only half of it is glued. The half over the socket screw is not glued. When you tighten the screw the flap presses against the phone and secures it in place

In the photo you can see how I clamped and glued the hardwood strips.
The second photo is where I glued a strip on the other side to leave a space under the off button of the phone.
When I dadoed out the space I allowed room for this.
Drill the hole toward the front of the holder for a better grip.
I hope this makes sense.

-- One of these days I’m going to build a dust collection system. Dusty Lungs

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James E McIntyre

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#3 posted 06-05-2019 08:47 PM

Very creative. Looks more compact than the ones for sale on line.
The kitty is cute. How long did it take to grow her?

-- James E McIntyre

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