When I got my iPhone 5, I was excited to try out the new panorama mode for the camera. I soon realized my hand was pretty shaky, so I googled panorama tripod mounts and found out they were way too expensive, so I set out to build one for about $10 worth of junk at Home Depot.
Full disclosure: I did get some inspiration from Bill Smith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG4XNmtn9nY
About 18" of 1x2 maple ($1.03 per foot)
1/4"-20 bolt 3 1/2" long ($0.24)
1/4"-20 "insert nut" ($3.92 for pack of 4) (more on this later)
One washer ($0.11)
Two 1 1/4" drywall screws (sitting at home, but cheap if you have to buy them)
Crazy glue ($5.77 for pack of 12)
Total materials used on this project: $3.36
Hammer and chisel (router would have been better)
Drill and various drill bits
Step 1: DIY iPhone 5 Panorama Tripod Mount
I had this little tripod laying around which seems to work well for the project. It should in theory work for a full size tripod as well. The standard tripod screw is 1/4"-20 which I believe means it's 1/4" in diameter with 20 threads every inch. The insert nuts I got matched this so that any tripod should fit.
Step 2: DIY iPhone 5 Panorama Tripod Mount
Here are the insert nuts I bought. Home Depot had them in stock. Basically it's a metal sleeve with threads on the inside and spikes on the outside. You drill a hole in a piece of wood and hammer one of these things in so you can screw stuff into wood.