Wood camera tripod

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Project by PopsHuckster posted 08-20-2013 09:02 PM 9788 views 19 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There was always something unique about a wood camera tripod. They just seemed a little more stable or solid than the new plastic ones. I’ve always wanted one too. $$$ to buy one was prohibitive though. So I thought I’d use some of the mahogany and oak I had laying around and make my own. A couple pieces of brass stock from ACE hardware and I was ready. Legs are made using a ‘v’ configuration in the outside pieces and a mating cut on the inner slides to keep the legs from spreading apart when being adjusted. The cam lock uses the brass stock from ACE and some brass knurled nuts from a box of jig supplies I had in the shop already. It was my first project using some mahogany I was given when I wouldn’t take any $$ from a fellow who’s Model A I had worked on over the years. He had quite a stack of various size pieces he gave me a choice of. Next mahogany project will be a wooden steering wheel for my newest car project. A 1976 MGB roadster.’s been about 4-5 month’s since the tripod build and I can say it’s still working very well. I was a little skeptical at first using the wood cam locks but because of the added adjusting I made to the brass arms, it’s never slid down or tried to collapse on me while using it.

-- Pop

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#1 posted 08-20-2013 09:05 PM

I should add.. the tripod head I used was from a used plastic tripod I had been using before. I just made the legs so they would attach to the existing bottom plate.

-- Pop

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#2 posted 08-20-2013 09:07 PM

VERY nice. Cant wait to see the steering wheel! I’d LOVE to have an MGB ,,,, had to settle for a ‘64 Triumph Spitfire (back in the day)

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#3 posted 08-20-2013 09:14 PM

Very nice work. Did you draw up those plans yourself? Im impressed. Any possibility of sharing those plans with us LJs?

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#4 posted 08-20-2013 09:26 PM

Joe (TN)... my 3rd over the years. I used to work PT at a foreign car shop back in the 60’s so I’ve had MG’s, Healeys, Morris Minors and even an E-jag over the years. Guess I never learned or was afraid of the Mr. Lucas – the prince of darkness. LOL

Joe (lake Forest). I never did the plans on the PC like usual and saved them as a .pdf. Just drew them up on some old project sheets left over from GTE/Verizon days. I might be able to just get them scanned and converted to .pdf format by Mail Boxes Etc. I’ll check. I don’t mind sharing any of my project plans.

-- Pop

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#5 posted 08-20-2013 10:06 PM

Dont go to all that trouble on my acct – Anyway, I have so many projects backed up, I may not even get to it. I have to complete my homemade bench, router table, and ive been in the planning phases of a chunky pine bench for the backyard for quite some time.

But in the future I may come calling :)

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#6 posted 08-20-2013 10:40 PM

Nicely Done!

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#7 posted 08-20-2013 10:46 PM

Retro cool! Really great looking and I love your detail on the cam locking mechanism.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 08-21-2013 12:14 AM

Very nice. It will go with your truck very well.

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#9 posted 08-21-2013 04:02 AM

I found the .pdf file I had uploaded to the North Carolina Woodworkers site. Not as detailed as I remember it but looks like those who downloaded it there might have done OK. Not sure where to post it here so you can download it though.

-- Pop

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#10 posted 08-21-2013 04:13 AM

OK…wow… getting old. Because I didn’t see it in my ‘projects’ lists, I took for granted I never posted the tripod here. BUT… almost 3 years ago I did a Blog on here about it while I was making it. Seems I tried uploading the plans then too and couldn’t figure out how. Projects run together when you get old and are on so darn many wood workig sites. Sorry guys! When you’re ready for a copy of the pdf file just send me a PM with your e-mail adress and I’ll see that I forward you the pdf and some additional pictures from the build.

-- Pop

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#11 posted 08-21-2013 04:43 AM

Really like how you did that cam mechanism. Great job

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#12 posted 08-21-2013 07:08 AM

nice idea and work

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#13 posted 08-21-2013 11:21 AM

The camera stand looks great. Keep us posted on the MGB.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#14 posted 08-21-2013 03:49 PM

Very nicely done and it’s also nice to see someone drafting with a pencil and paper once in a while.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#15 posted 08-21-2013 04:33 PM

Beautiful tripod, nice choice of woods! I also can’t wait to see that steering wheel, my father-in-law has an MGB, can’t remember what year, though it has a chrome bumper (apparently that’s indicative of earlier models).

-- -- Measure twice, cut once; why, did the wood grow?

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