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A $30 camera slider, no way!
You better believe it.
Here is a way to build a simple. effective, and wildly inexpensive camera slider in about an hour. This slider is simple to build with basic tools and has a weight capacity of 11lbs!
Lets get to it!

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Step 1: Tools

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Drill and drill bits
Countersink bit
Vise or clamp
1/4 20 tap
Another smaller tap, I used 2.5mm
And a saw.

You can you hand drills and saws but if you can use a drill press you will find drilling the small bits a lot easier.

Step 2: Supplies

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Here is your shopping list.

From IKEA 
LEGITIM Chopping board $1.49 
KVARTAL Glider and hook $2.00 
KVARTAL Triple curtain rail $19.99
KVARTAL Ceiling fixture $2.50 

You will also need 2 1/4 20 machine screws about 1/2 long plus a 1/4 or 3/8 machine screw to attach a tripod head or camera directly to the slider cart. Make sure these screws have a tapered as they need to be countersunk completely.

I used 8 3mm cap head screws that were 8mm long to attach the gliders to the cart. Whatever little screws you get for this you should also get a tap for that thread, you may be able to cut the thread with the screws them selves but a tap is only a couples of bucks and will work better. 

Step 3: Assembling the Rail

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We start with the KVARTAL Ceiling fixtures. First remove the set screw with the supplied allen key and disassemble. Now tap the hole  with the 1/4 20 tap on the opposite side of the set screw, fortunately this hole is almost the perfect size for this tap. Now reassemble the fixture, remove a plastic end cap from the KVARTAL Triple curtain rail and slide the fixture on, tighten the set screw to secure it in place, repeat this for the other fixture. leave the plastic end cap off for now, this is how the cart goes on the rail.
mau85nam1 month ago

I am about to purchase a 5d canon mark iii soon and this will sure come in handy!
lovely tip! thank you!

ChristianS41 month ago

Great idea! You could motorize it for almost no money just like I did: https://youtu.be/lzpZOZXCGbo

847MicRoss9 months ago

I wish he made the motorized dolly as well.

If I have to buy the dolly, I will just buy the track with it for $30 or less.

(Time lapse while slowly moving.)

After looking closely, I saw some jogging of the camera as it slid. WATCH the video closely.

Jan_Henrik1 year ago

Good idea!! i have to try it!

focamonca1 year ago
i have problem with drilling, the holes are always a bit shifted and it wont slide properly. Can u write the misure to make the holes?
DerekMellott (author)  focamonca1 year ago

The groves are 15mm apart center to center.

focamonca1 year ago


thank you, i never imagine that, wonderfull and easy to make, very usefull to my works!

kurtac made it!1 year ago

Just finished my Ikea Camera Slider! Works great! You should mention that if the slider doesn't slide well, you can put some rinsing agent on the slide. Thank you for sharing!

Here a video of the slider in Action:


DerekMellott (author)  kurtac1 year ago

Right on! I hope you get some great shots with it.

jrecasens made it!1 year ago

I just finished my camera slider! It works great! It can also be set on a tripod. Thank you for the construction a very good idea.

DerekMellott (author)  jrecasens1 year ago

Nice work, looks great!

focamonca1 year ago
Tokina 11-16 on a full frame?!
DerekMellott (author)  focamonca1 year ago

Yes sir, It works but only at 16mm and the edges are just a bit off. I have since sold the lens and bought a Rokinon 14mm.

melknoy1 year ago

Good design and well presented.

dan30081 year ago

I have only one problem with this...

Youre using a cannon ;)

Yes, I'm a nikon user. But brand rivalry jokes asside. I like it, and will be making myself a camera slider like this for my home studio :D thanks for the howto :)

dim1621 year ago

Great & thank you! I saw there is also a curved rail...

You can build a camera slider without any drilling, printing etc... just by the Actobotics parts from ServoCity.com ... they even have programmable control systems to control the length of the slide, the speed of the slide and exactly when to start and stop the slide etc...

Great tip! Thanks for this.

lordhunt1 year ago

Great job, I look forward to having a go at making it!

Buffalo691 year ago

That's a fine solution. Nice work.

supereric1 year ago

Pretty sweet. Well done!

XTL1 year ago

So does using the three curtaintracks even out the wobbling and make it more stable ?

I'd assume witha single track it would be too wobbly to be useful ?

DerekMellott (author)  XTL1 year ago
I never tried the single track but yes I would assume that it wouldn't work well.

This is great, good idea and good build