Survey Tripod

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Project by Natedog posted 01-04-2011 06:10 AM 4541 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always wanted a vintage survey scope, being a civil engineering grad, and finally found one on craigslist. The existing wood for the tripod was some pine in pretty bad shape and I decided to replace the pine with leopardwood. Each leg is made up of three 1”x1”x36” pieces. Brass screws and bolts were used for the connections.

Pic 2: The lower leg is cut to 1/2” wide, instead of 1”, at the lap connection to the upper leg. This helped reducing the bending of the upper legs that sandwich the 1/4” thick plate top bracket.

Pic 3: The hole in the piece on the bolt head side is threaded, the wing-nut side is a standard hole. This allows for loosening and tightening of the wing-nut without needing a screw driver to keep the bolt head from spinning.

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#1 posted 01-04-2011 06:39 AM

Very nice.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#2 posted 01-04-2011 07:11 AM

Really cool!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#3 posted 01-04-2011 09:40 AM

hey that´s looking gooood together with the vintage scope :-)
I´m just a toolfreak and I still like them …..LOL

take care

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#4 posted 01-04-2011 10:32 AM

It’s nice. I thing that such beautiful thing should be on a tripod.

-- Jiri

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#5 posted 01-04-2011 01:11 PM

That’s a great looking piece of equipment Nate. I’ve seen legs similar to yours used for floor lamps and thought they looked pretty nifty. The proper way that you used them is much better looking though. Terrific job.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#6 posted 01-04-2011 03:18 PM

Great job, very nice!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 01-04-2011 07:49 PM

Great looking vintage survey scope. Beauiful job on the tripod. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 01-11-2011 10:34 PM

I like it! Where did you get your sighting scope?

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#9 posted 01-16-2011 08:37 PM

Nice piece

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#10 posted 02-05-2011 07:01 PM


-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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