As a Youtuber I have found a small, sturdy tripod to be indispensable. While my Joby Gorillapod has served well in this role, over time it has become quite unstable and the legs even fall off. One day it occurred to me that I could easily create a small collapsable tripod using little more than a piece of aluminum angle.

Step 1: What I Used

The main structure of my tripod was made from a 1" x 1" x 3' section of 1/16" thick aluminum angle. The following hardware was used to hold everything together:

(x2) #10-24 x 1/2" Cap Screws

(x2) #10-24 Lock Nuts

(x4) Washers (3/16" ID, 3/4" OD)

(x2) 3/16" ID, 3/8" OD x 1/4" Nylon Spacers

(x4) 1/2" Wood Screws

(x1) 1/4"-20 x 3/4" Cap Screw

(x1) Washer (1/4" ID, 5/8" OD)

(x1) 1/4"-20 4-Claw Furniture Nut

I also used a piece of 3/4" PVC Board. I would recommend using hardwood if you don't have any scrap PVC board laying around like I did.

<p>This is, in essence, an Ultrapod. Commercially available, and I've been using them for years now. It should hold up quite well. Although, I honestly never considered making my own, so kudos to you! I would love to see additional ideas for improvement on the design.</p>
<p>Nice work!</p><p>I'm thinking the block at the top would be very hard to make (accurately) for someone who doesn't have a saw like yours. I think if I were to make one of these I'd bend a bit of sheet steel to fit. Not nearly as nice, but a lot easier to work.</p><p>My other thought is, if I were to make this, I would make the folding legs a bit longer so the camera sits more centrally on the tripod.</p><p>My other other thought is, I'd never heard of plasti-dip before, looks like excellent stuff :)</p>
<p>Dobr&yacute; n&aacute;pad ! :-)</p>
Amazing! Thank you
<p>To save alot of time and sawing next time. Drill the holes in the long leg off center first and then place the two short legs in position and marke the holes and drill. then you can do the relief angles without all the fitting.</p>
<p>Yea that makes sense. Thanks for the tip!</p>
<p>I'm glad you like it :-)</p>
<p>Impressive. Nice work.</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>Nice sturdy and compact Design....... </p>
<p>Thanks. Now I just need to use it and see how it holds up with time.</p>

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