Introduction: DIY "PRO" DSLR Slider for $10

I wanted to make my own camera slider after seeing multiple diy videos how to make one on Youtube. Some of the sliders I saw were too expensive and kind of difficult to make. And who would pay lets say $50 for a diy slider when you could buy a real one for about the same price.

So here is my slider version and I hope you'll like it. That $10 price does not include the spray paint because it is optional and just for the looks.

Just let me know if you have any questions and I will be more than happy to answer those.

Step 1: ​Things You’ll Need:

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-Saw (you might need a hacksaw too),


-Electrical junction box (3)

-Aluminum pipe (2 m / 6.5 ft),

-Spray can

Step 2: Boxes That Hold the Pipes

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Cut two holes for one side and make those big enough to fit the pipe in. Slide those pipes in and drill small holes and tighten the screws (See the video for this step).

These boxes can be metallic or plastic. It is up to you which one you choose but the plastic ones were cheaper and that's why I chose them.

Step 3: Camera Platform

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Cut two holes for both sides and smooth out the edges. It's very important to use a bigger box because it will make the camera platform much smoother and stable.

Place clean cloths between the hole and the tube and REMEMBER to slide the camera platfrom in before tightening the screws on both ends of the slider.

Drill a hole in the middle of the platform and place your tripod screw there.

Step 4: Wooden Stands for the Slider

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Cut two pieces of wood to get nice little extra stands for the slider. AND sand those pieces if needed.

Step 5: Spray Painting (Optional)

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Spray the parts with the colour you desire. This step is optional and to save somey skip this step.

Step 6: Rubber Bumpers for the Stands (Optional)

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Attach door rubber bumpers to prevent scratching floors etc.

Step 7: Polishing the Pipes (Optional)

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Polish the pipes with a metal polisher to achieve extra smooth movement.


imitt12 (author)2016-08-22

It would be cool to motorize it, maybe with some old car window motors...

Ziggy_Mondus (author)imitt122016-08-23

Maybe use a 3D printer stepper motor? You could have loads of speed variability and the tech is relatively inexpensive.

WillieK4 (author)Ziggy_Mondus2016-08-23

Yeah maybe, do you know any brands which are good?

Ziggy_Mondus (author)WillieK42016-08-23

Look up:

(N. B. * = a generic type made by many different companies)

*Nema 17 , 2 phase 4 wire, 1.8 degree stepper motor.

*A4988 Stepper motor driver

*Threaded 8mm steel bar for the stepper motor to spin the camera up and down.

*UNO R3 or other, preferred type of programmable prototyping board

a simple stop switch at each end.

I would suggest a look at 3D printer build and operating instructions might help you in setting this up. I have built my own 3D printer but have no reason to build one of these yet.

I hope this helps.

WillieK4 (author)Ziggy_Mondus2016-08-23

I will definitely look into that and thank you for your thorough answer! :)

WillieK4 (author)imitt122016-08-22

Yeah! That would work. I already tried with a drill and a wire and I must admit, it wasn't that bad :p

A.A5 (author)2016-08-21


WillieK4 (author)A.A52016-08-21

Thank you! ;)

holla2040 (author)2016-08-21

Nice instructions, where did you buy your aluminum tubes for less than $10? Thanks

WillieK4 (author)holla20402016-08-21

I live in Finland and purchased them from my local hardware store. :) One cheap method for finding similar pipes would be to search for scrap metal.

hcbland (author)2016-08-21

Watching the video, where you hold the metal while drilling it, gave me flashbacks to when I drilled into metal, the bit broke, and remainder of the bit slammed through my thumb (breaking the tip of my thumb). So kids, don't do that! Assume the bit will break. Measure how much drill bit sticks out the chuck and keep your fingers at least that far away - particularly when drilling metal.

WillieK4 (author)hcbland2016-08-21

Yeah and safety should be the number one priority! And about the drilling: you should always be careful when drilling metal.. Even though I was using a drill bit that was meant to be used with metal, it still got broken and small piece of that drill bit hit me. Wouldn't been very nice if that would have hit my eye or something. :)

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eGadgetGuy (author)2016-08-21

an improvement might be to use 1/2" conduit and affix the end boxes using 1/2" box adapters. Then get 3/4" adapters for the middle box so that the 1/2" conduit slides through easily.

OR, you could attach pulleys to the center box so they ride on top of the conduit like wheels on a track.

WillieK4 (author)eGadgetGuy2016-08-21

Hi eGagdetGuy! That would be a great improvement in my opinion too. :)

janaalbers (author)2016-08-21

This is a very nice piece of equipment for stereo-photography. Normally one would use two images taken 65mm apart (= distance between our 2 eyes). For hyperstereo-images you need more than 65mm. Your slider is perfect for experiments in taking stereophotos !

WillieK4 (author)janaalbers2016-08-21

Thanks for commenting! I never thought of it like that but thats cool janaalbers! :)

fstedie (author)2016-08-18

I must admit when I first saw this I thought it would shake or shudder a lot. Can't argue with the video though. Nice.

WillieK4 (author)fstedie2016-08-18

Yeah! Me too and that was the first time for me to use a slider so the motion will me much smoother in the future. Thank you for commenting fstedie!

j88k (author)2016-08-17

Excellent, excellent design. I'm going to make this.

WillieK4 (author)j88k2016-08-17

Haha, thank you! Let me know how did your slider ended up looking if you decide to make this ;)

sewtechwayne (author)2016-08-17

Cool project! Someone mentioned videos? Where are they? Thanks.

WillieK4 (author)sewtechwayne2016-08-17

Thanks! The video is embedded in the instructions and you should see it too. It's a YouTube video but here is the link if you can't find it:

Dushyanta (author)2016-08-17

Great project. Those videos at the end are awesome. I am working on a instructable similar to this one but that works automatically.

WillieK4 (author)Dushyanta 2016-08-17

Oh nice and thank you Dushyanta! Send me the link when your project is ready OK? I wanna see it!

Yonatan24 (author)2016-08-16

I just watched the video. I don't need anything more that that! You've earned a like on YouTube, and a new follower here :)

If you wanted to make it automatic, you could probably add a threaded rod, and a servo, or something like that.

WillieK4 (author)Yonatan242016-08-16

Thanks Yonatan24! I appreciate that. Making it somewhat automatic might be my next project, stay tuned! :D

EricS100 (author)2016-08-15

You could expand this a bit if you wanted it to slide "automatically" or
at a certain constant speed by adding some electronics - a couple of
pulley's and belt, a stepper motor, and an arduino or raspberry motor
controller. Most of those parts (less the ardunio or rasp) can be found
in an old inkjet or impact printer.

PS - nice looking dog.

WillieK4 (author)EricS1002016-08-15

Thanks for commenting Eric! I'm open to all ideas because after I finished this model I immediately started thinking about the motorized version. The good old drill with a string attached to the camera might be the easiest solution but I we'll see.. :) Ps. Dani (the dog) says thank you! :D

Emriick (author)2016-08-13

You lost me at Paper towel bearings

WillieK4 (author)Emriick2016-08-13

Yeah, this project had a $10 budget so what do you expect. :D

seamster (author)2016-08-13

Nice! This looks like a solid little slider rig, I like it. Thanks for sharing how you made it!

WillieK4 (author)seamster2016-08-13

Thanks seamster! I really hope that I could help someone who is struggling with same kind of slider problem I had, that's one reason why I made this instruction. :)

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