Turn a telescope arm, workout bar bell, and scrap metal into a jib arm (camera crane)!
This 'Ible to be updated with more info over the next month or two. If you like this project then check back for updates.
Basically there are 6 components to this jib arm, listed in order of difficulty to build:
1. Fork (connects the arms to the bearing)
2. Bearing Mount (connects tripod to the bearing)
3. Camera Mount (connects the arms to the camera/Meade)
5. Counter Weights
6. Meade Telescope Arm Assembly (Motorized Pan/Tilt)
Peep the video for some epic test shots. And stay tuned at the end for a sneak peek at the next project (slider+jib)
Step 1: Fork
-Made from 3/8"x2" steel flat stock. The fork will bolt through the pillow block.
-Bronze Bearings (Bushings) which insert into the steel fork (this is very important). These bearings are for the up/down arm movement. These can be found at some Home Depot / Lowe's but the best place to get them might be your local Fastenal, they are nation wide and have a huge selection.
Step 2: Bearing Mount
-2 round aluminum 3/8" plates connected by stand-offs, the bottom plate is threaded for the tripod, the pillow block bolts to the top plate,
-Various spacers, washers, bolts.Bearing Mount: