Introduction: Cooking Timer Timelapse Tripod

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Today I'll show you how I made a fun accessory for bringing your timelapses to the next level.

Step 1: What You'll Need

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A kitchen timer
A phone tripod

I picked both of these from a local dollar store. These ended up costing less than 5€ in total.

Step 2: Disassembling the Kitchen Timer

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I took apart the timer until I had the functioning internals lose from the casing.

Now it's time to figure out how it works.

The hat of the little coffee kettle winds up the mechanism. We'l use this part as the rotating part of the tripod.

Step 3: Modifying the Casing

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I didn't want my tripod to looks like a kettle. So I decided to rough out the car until it was round again. Filling in gaps with scraps of plastic and superglue.

Step 4: Disassembling the Tripod

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Same deal as the timer. Take it apart as far as I can.

We'll cut the top ball head in half as we will be inserting our rotation system in between.

Step 5: Adding the Ball Head & Capping

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Now it's time to add de ball head pieces to now reassembled cooking timer. I've cut down the base too.

I've capped the bottom part with scraps of plastic to give it some rigidity and make it look cleaner.

I used bondo to smooth out the connections and make a nice finish.

Step 6: Painting

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Painting the assembly!

Step 7: Done!

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And we're done. This project was quite different than all of my other projects.
I usually plan out my projects from start to finish. Doing this on the fly was very much out of my comfort zone. But I ended up liking the process just as much as my planned ones.

Make sure too view the video example. :)

Thanks for reading!

Make sure to leave a comment if you enjoyed it :-)


MikeD11 (author)2016-06-27

What's the use? Look up Google Cardboard camera. With your cell phone you can make 3D panoramic images when viewed with a Google Cardboard viewer. When looking in the viewer as you turn your head the image moves 360 degrees. I built one similar to this but used stepper motors, much more complicated. Well done Leners!

ghostgeek (author)MikeD112017-03-22

This isn't for still photos, it's for time lapse video. You record a long video while the camera rotates, then speed it up several orders of magnitude. You get the world sped up - cars zipping by,, the sun and clouds movement is more apparent.

MikeD11 (author)MikeD112016-06-27

But, this one might be taking 1 hour to rotate? That's too slow.

johnscott99 (author)2016-06-28

I like it. A cheap way to make a smooth scrolling time lapse tripod.

moba2k (author)2016-06-26

looks very interesting. so what's the use of this end product, what's it's function or what can it do that a regular time lapse cameras cannot do. maybe you did mention and I accidentally skipped over it, sorry if I did.

Leners (author)moba2k2016-06-26

Hi Moba, This gives your timelapses the ability to make a smooth move during the timelapse. This makes for some more action in already cool shots! Thanks for asking!

moba2k (author)Leners2016-06-26

like closer to video? as opposed to choppy disconnected images?

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