Step 5: Attaching the Furniture Feet

The next stage is putting on the furniture feet. Keep in mind that they are not used for their original purpose in this project; they actually face upwards to provide holes (sockets) for the dome nuts on the T mount.
First the double sided tape on the back of the feet was removed and care was taken to make sure no residue was left. Then the 3 feet were placed on the board and the T mount was placed in position with the T nuts perfectly placed in the holes. The arrangement was slid around on the board to place the feet with equal spacing from the edges and then the position of the rear middle foot (the longer arm of the T) was marked with 3 small pieces of masking tape.
The board was cleared of parts and a smaller circle of paint was removed with a small sanding attachment in the Dremel. This was to make sure that the Araldite would stick to the bamboo and not just the paint, care was taken to ensure that sufficient painted area was left to allow the foot to slide around to allow positioning before the adhesive sets.
This first foot defines the other two in the front corners of the board, it's position is not as critical so you can use 5 minute Araldite to glue it down. Be careful not to use too much glue; if some comes through the hole in the middle of the foot it could interfere with the seating of the dome nut. Use the T mount and some weight (~2 - 4 Kg) to put pressure on the foot while it is setting.
After the first foot is firmly attached then repeat the the masking tape markers and sanding off the paint with both the front two corner feet. (See photograph). This time glue with ordinary slow set Araldite; you need time to make sure you can get both those two feet in the exact alignment with the T mount. Once you have them in position under the T mount place some weight on top; any ~2 - 4 Kg. weight will do (see photograph) make sure all the the dome nuts are perfectly seated and leave it in a safe place to set.

Cool build, I'm designing something similar, hopefully building it sometime next month. My one concern on your setup is that it could get knocked over if the camera or tripod is jostled (the cupping being rather shallow). I'm toying with a clamping system, as safety wire still wouldn't help much with toppling.
Actually the camera and T mount are only on the base for the short time while I am taking a shot. I keep the strap around my neck the whole time and most of the time the camera, and attached T mount, are resting comfortably and safely on my tummy. In this position the T mount actually makes it easier to access the camera menu and change settings, the mount keeps the camera orientated while buttons are pressed.<br> The only time I have a worry about sliding is if I am taking pictures at a steep angle, greater than ~15 degrees. Even then the camera is in no danger, it just means I cannot use the OB-Pod to get that shot.<br> I am working on improvements that will solve this problem and also make the design more stable (OB-Pod Mark II ?). In fact the last few of the parts I need arrived a couple of nights ago from China.<br> Keep in mind that any clamping system has to be able to be activated and deactivated with no force or vibration. I evaluated about 5 different systems before I came up with what I am using in Mark II.<br> I hope to have it up soon so perhaps you can take advantage of the new design.<br>
Nice photos ;) Very well made ible :D

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