Many professional track dollys for the aid of fluidly rolling cameras cost in excess of $2,000, even for as little as 10 feet of track. In this tutorial we will construct a track dolly using basic and cheap components available at a hardware store as well as some parts easily found at thrift stores.
For a basic light-weight camera track dolly capable of holding small to medium tripods, you will need the following materials:
Bill of Materials:
(2) 1"x5'-0" Schedule 40 PVC pipe (for track)
(1) Pair of roller blades (for a total of eight wheels)
(16) Hex bolts for mounting wheels to wheels to platform and brackets w/matching nuts
(8) Spacers to allow for wheel offsets
(1) L-Bracket with mounting holes for wheels
(1) 3/8" plywood or MDF board for platform
(1) 1/2" dowel for spacing
Tools that will come in handy:
-A drill press or electric drill & bits.
-Nailgun or brad nailer
-Hex wrenches/socket wrenches
-Circular hand saw or table saw
-T-square / ruler