$30 IKEA Camera Slider

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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. 
kurtac made it!25 days 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)  kurtac10 hours ago

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

jrecasens made it!11 days 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)  jrecasens10 hours ago

Nice work, looks great!

focamonca2 days ago
Tokina 11-16 on a full frame?!
DerekMellott (author)  focamonca10 hours 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 month ago

Good design and well presented.

dan30081 month 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 month 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 ... 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 month ago

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

Buffalo691 month ago

That's a fine solution. Nice work.

supereric1 month ago

Pretty sweet. Well done!

XTL1 month 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 month 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


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