This is just a very simple monopod, that can be made in a few minutes, for less than a dollar. It is lightweight, rigid, and strong enough to use with a point and shoot camera or a compact camcorder. It is made from bamboo, which is very durable and needs little maintenance.
I use this monopod for a light point and shoot camera and a small camcorder, but I would have concerns using it for a DSLR with a large lens. A monopod will provide much more stability than holding a camera by hand, and it is much easier to carry around than a tripod, so it is a good compromise. This monopod is just a monopod, it is not strong enough to be used as a walking stick.
Step 1: What you need
You will need:
- 1 piece of bamboo, about 5/8" in diameter, about 5' long. This is what I used, because it's what I have available. Use whatever you
can find, just make sure it's somewhat straight.
- 1 dual threaded stud, 1/4/'-20 machine thread on one end and wood lag screw thread on the other end.
- 2 1/4"-20 nuts
- 1 1/4"-20 wing nut
- 1 1/4"-20 lock nut
- Wrench (don't use pliers)
- Drill with a 13/64" bit