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The "tripod" made from a string and a 1/4 inch bolt is a well functioning and cheap classic that every photographer should have in the photo bag. But I have always had a problem with the string entangling in their bag, so here is the solution that makes sure you always have a tripod handy and don't look like a fool unraveling strings...

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Step 1: Material and tools

You need the following material:

  • A rubber band
  • 3-3.5 m (12ft) of string – braided nylon works well
  • 40x80 mm 9 mm plywood
  • A 1/4 inch 37 mm bolt (1.5 inch)

You need the following tools:

  • A 7 mm trill
  • A jigsaw
  • Sanding paper
  • A hammer
  • A lighter
  • A scissor

Step 2: Template for the coiler

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Print the template and cut it out.

Test if the bolt fits the camera's tripod mount and measure how
deep it goes. Use a marker to draw a mark on the bolt, where it sticks out of the mount. Lay the bolt with the mark on top of the template to determine if you need to adjust the size of the coiler. The coiler needs to start at the mark. The bolthas to stick out a couple of mm so it will screw into the tripod mount.

When you have determined the exact size, draw the template on the plywood.

Step 3: Making the coiler

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Cut out the coiler with a jigsaw.

Drill a 7 mm hole across the coiler according to the template

Sand the coiler's edges

Saw two narrow slits for the sting in the left and right side of the hole

Step 4: Fixing the string to the coiler

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Pull the two ends of the string through the hole and fix them in the two slits

Push the bolt through the hole to fix the string

Cut the strings' ends so that there are only a couple of mm sticking out

Melt the ends of the strings with the lighter so they aline with the coiler and seal the hole

tholopotami10 months ago

Old and tested trick. You implemented it very well. I have used the one foot version!

you mean monopod
Luc Volders3 months ago

What a great Idea !!

Made one myself after a long search for a tripod screw as these are hard to get here in Holland.

I did it slightly different though: I designed and printed a base for the cam to be mounted on. Although the base is specific for my Canon SX110 cam you can download the files at my website:

Thanks for sharing.


inspiredwood (author)  Luc Volders3 months ago

Ha, ha, NICE! Thanks for sharing :-) Awesome!!!

craftclarity9 months ago

Thanks for posting this! A trick I'd not seen yet. Thanks for sharing it!

DarkHatter11 months ago

That's a bi-pod.

Either way, It makes it easier to search for by calling it a familiar term.

True dat!

keng DarkHatter11 months ago
I think that you are the third leg

thats not a tripod, but is another way to have a similar option, i used tripod with video camera, and the best of the tripod its hands free, good job!

legless11 months ago

Just a minor thing. It's a 1/4" bolt not a nut. Calling it a but is just a bit confusing.

inspiredwood (author)  legless11 months ago
Hey Thanks! English is not my native language, so I ll correct it right away


hermanwahsletn11 months ago

I have a string around my neck:

rose_adamaj11 months ago

So so perfect for me!!! I am disabled & have been looking for a way to steady my monocular & binoculars for birdwatching. I use a power chair & can only carry so many things, this will even fit in my cup holder. Thank you for posting this well done ible!!!

mickryobe11 months ago


String pods have been around for generations but your is the first I have seen that utilizes both feet. I shall have to try it.

A word of caution: Always use your neck strap with is device as it and gravity are conspiring to bring it to ground.


junkrigsailor11 months ago
I'm going to make one for my wife, she's the photographer in the family.
inspiredwood (author)  junkrigsailor11 months ago
Cool – good luck!
Tipple11 months ago


dan300811 months ago

... Been looking for something like this for ages. Time to get making :D

nthom611 months ago

If you use a light chain, (step on one end) you can do away with the need to spool the string.

Blues Angel11 months ago
I totally agree with Mrballeng! You should put this on one of the crowd sourcing fund raising sites like Kickerstarter or Indiegogo and mass produce these. I use both sites but prefer Indiegogo to presell band CDs and Merch.
inspiredwood (author)  Blues Angel11 months ago
Thanks for the comments. It' to late – This tripod idea has been around for the last 100 years in many different designs... Check out Amazon for the SteadyWeb SC-019 Pocket String Tripod – just to name one example... But that one costs 18$ :-)
Mrballeng11 months ago

You should put this on kickstarter.

dengshuai000211 months ago
nice l like it
dmassote11 months ago

interesting. good job.