There are a lot of tripods out there that don't cost much. However a handy person will make his own and tweak it for its own needs.
In my case I wanted a tripod that would give me the flexibility of taking (steady) pictures standing straight or just above the ground, and with the freedom of positioning the camera in almost any given angle.
The total cost of this project is less than 30 dollars.
Step 1: Materials and tools
- 4 wing screws
- 4 pronged T-nuts
- 15 hex bolts
- 12 hex nuts
- 3 threaded knobs
- Wooden beams 18 mm: 18 mm; 7,10 m in total
- Wooden board
- Iron ball 35 mm
- Piece of aluminum 60 cm: 5 cm
- 6 rubber feet
- 3 small chains 22 cm each
- Key ring
- 3 hinges
- 3 screw hooks
- Wood clamps
- Wood glue
- Drill bit (6 mm, 7 mm, 35 mm, 25 mm)
- Hole saw (40 mm)
Step 2: Saw
Saw six pieces of 80 cm off the wooden beams
Saw three pieces of 70 cm off the wooden beams
Saw three pieces of 15 cm off the wooden beams
Saw three pieces of 5,4 cm off the wooden beams
Saw three pieces of 2 cm off the wooden beams
I made drawings of the tripods base plates in Sketch Up, which you can download below. Glue these drawings on a wooden board (2.7 mm thick) and saw the markings out.
Saw three circles out of the wooden board using a 40 mm hole saw.
Sand all the pieces.