Introduction: Tripod Laser Stand

Don't feel like buying more expensive laser holders, when you can get one that works just as good for around 2 dollars not including the tripod.

Since I didn't like my last stand as it wasn't as stable as I would like I got the idea about making a tripod mount. It is a lot more stable than the wire one but it won't let you mount to a telescope, unless you build one of these tripods.

Step 1: Get Materials

For this project you will need:
-2 binder clips
-a craft stick(aka popsicle stick)
-felt
-a nut that fits on a tripod, they are not that hard to find, just dig around in the toolbox

The tools you will need are:
-clamp or vice grip
-hot glue or any other glue that you would feel comfortable with, it needs to be a little flexible though.
-black marker
-super glue (optional)

Once you gather all your materials head on to step 2!

Step 2: Cut the Felt

First flip the metal handle things on the clips up. After that we are going to grab the felt and wrap it around the binder clip marking the place it ends with our finger. (see picture, it will make a lot more sense)
Measure the width of the clip then cut it out. Do it again.

Step 3: Gluing the Felt

In this step we are going to glue the felt onto the inside of the clip.
First you have to use the clamp to hold open the clip.
Then put glue (the hot glue or the super glue) on the felt and carefully slide the felt into the clip trying not to touch it, then use the popsicle stick to press it against the sides of the clip. Let it dry then close the clip.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the second clip.

Step 4: Glue Sticks to the Popsicle Stick.

You can color the popsicle stick black now.

Using some flexible glue, glue the binder clips to either end of the popsicle stick.

Step 5: Glueing the Nut

Glue the nut to the bottom of the popsicle stick using the super glue as it is the least messy.

Step 6: Screw on to Tripod and See How It Fits!

Now put your lasers in the clips and watch your laser hold still while your hands are free!!

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alexbony (author)2010-04-29

The laser pointer is seeming cool in the picture. An IR filter laser pointer can protect eyes from damage of powerful laser beam.

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trooperrick (author)alexbony2010-04-29

i'm likin the sneaky ad. This laser does have an ir filter though. 

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dsjohn (author)2010-04-15

Wow this is really awesome laser pointer. It is just clamp in a tripod..

Laser pointer can be found at Techlasers.com

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danielpower (author)2009-11-14

 The laser pointer looks like a telescope.

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GorillazMiko (author)2007-12-13

last picture was awesome. do you know where i can buy a cheap laser? well, not too cheap, like the good ones, but cheap prices.

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trooperrick (author)GorillazMiko2007-12-13

either Laser Pointer or Wicked Lasers and order The Core

I believe laserpointer.com ships from New York so it has a lot less shipping cost if you live in the U.S.

If you want any more power there isn't really many really "cheap ones" as they normally go into the several hundred dollar range.

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joejoerowley (author)trooperrick2007-12-13

Cool Instructable. I like dealextreme. They have a bunch of cheap lasers that can light stuff on fire. For about $60 you can get a 90mw green laser that is water proof. The only catch is that most of them dont have IR filters. Still awesome though.

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trooperrick (author)joejoerowley2007-12-13

yeah but that can be very very dangerous as you can not see infrared light and might be harming yourself without even knowing it.

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joejoerowley (author)trooperrick2007-12-13

so what? Hmm, A guess only question is it worth Being Blind just to saving $50, thats a hard one. I am have to go with saving $50.Jk you could just get a pair of goggles or build an IR filter from stuff at a photostore.

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trooperrick (author)joejoerowley2007-12-13

The thing is goggles only protect from one wavelength so you'd either have to get one with an IR filter or make a filter.

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joejoerowley (author)trooperrick2007-12-13

it easyier just to build an IR filter for the laser so everyone in the room is protected from IR. Some of the laser are not that bad for the eyes. The green spectrum is not as bright as the IR i think on most deal extreme lasers . Like my dumbass friends picked one up and shot himself in the eye with my 30mw and only could not see in that eye for like 10min. Then he was fine. Really luck though.

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trooperrick (author)GorillazMiko2007-12-13

Also as a second thought, you won't be able to see the beam unless it is almost pitch black or you have fog.

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FathomBoy91 (author)2007-12-13

Nice! im glad to re-did it it looks much more appealing.. wow ur up to 4 now.. im at 3..

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