Introduction: Easy Folding Tri-pod

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Thanks for taking a look at my instructible! This is my Easy Folding Tri-pod which is great for making clearer pictures and isn't impossibly difficult to make. It also folds for easier storage and when opened locks itself in the open position automatically!

That's a bit more commercial than usual maybe a little background will explain better.....

I actually got this idea from another instructable in the photography section about how to make it appear that you were flying. It was cool and inspiring, so I got out my camera and being cheap I set it on the table with a timer...... you get the picture. Anyway it ended up that I turned the camera just a little making the editing mission impossible. So I built this tri-pod so I could make pictures like in the other instructable. Funny how things go sometimes.

Anyway shall we start? 

Step 1: The Legs

Picture of The Legs

Well as boring as it may be you got to start with structure. The legs are pretty simply built there can be more reinforcement in the legs if you prefer, but I was going for the least amount of pieces possible.

As far as the construction, you will need to start by creating half of the leg. I broke it down into thirds so it's easier to understand what it needs to look like. After you complete one side of the leg you need to snap in the blue rods that hold it together. Look at the image notes if you need reference about where they should be located.

After you finished this step, give yourself a pat on the back and repeat this step another two times!

Step 2: The Central Support

Picture of The Central Support

Now that you survived the Legs there is only smooth sailing from here. To start the main joint you will need either three ball socket conectors as shown or three joint connectors. Following the pictures is very important for this step, especially when this is bent into a triangle around the blue purple connector. Notice that there is only one black y clip snaped onto the blue rod while the other two are not. The other two should be touching the blue rods but not snapped in place!

After you finish the central triangle the rest is easy, just attach the (orange) gray rods and connectors to the triangle.

Step 3: The Top

Picture of The Top

Now it's time for the all important Top and camera mount. First a triangle is formed as shown, using either joint connectors or ball and socket connectors. Then, snap the after snapping together the white connectors as shown, snap the assembly to the bottom of the triangle. Next create the triangle like piece from a blue rod and red connectors and attach that to the bottom white connector.

Next comes the camera mount and remember if your camera isn't a Kodak easyshare C1450 or a Knex 200, this probably won't fit your camera. Just add pieces to the rectangular camera mount to restrict the bottom of your camera from moving. One more thing to check is that the camera mount does not interfere with the cameras retractable lens!

I would have shown you how to fit it, but I only have one camera...

Step 4: The Central Core

Picture of The Central Core

This is the easiest step so I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Make sure to have a gray or some other connector handy for the assembly!

Step 5: The Assembly

Picture of The Assembly

Gather those legs you made earlier because that's what we're going to start with! First thing to do is attach the legs to the Top section by snapping the yellow rods to the gray connectors. Make that yours matches the pictures so your legs don't end up upside-down. After you have attached the legs lift the tripod up carefully until it stands on it's own.

Next you need to take the Central Support and snap the blue rods on the white connectors on each leg. Lastly make sure to attach the Central Core and thread it through the white connectors. Then snap the gray connector 9or the one connector you set aside) in between the white connectors.

Step 6: Finished!

Picture of Finished!

Good Job! You have successfully completed your Easy Folding Tri-pod! To fold your Tri-pod just pull up on the central core until the gray rod pokes out of the top. Then pull from the top until the legs are in the folded position. To unfold simply hold it slightly above the ground and push the gray rod poking through the top down untill it is flush with the white connector.

  If you have any questions or something doesen't seem clear, send me a comment and I will help you out. I would also like to see your uses for it because it doesen't have to be just for camera's. Some ideas I had were a music stand and a bed side table.

Thanks for building and have fun with it!



Linkin_J_Knex (author)2015-09-05

nice:) I tried making my own ages ago and failed

Seattle Seahawks (author)2015-08-17

nice tripod bro :D

Thanks man! I enjoyed making this one!

turdus_migratus (author)2013-10-20

heeeeey. thats cool but do any of you guys make knex guns :D

Knex guns are good to. I prefer making other things from time to time.

coolananias101 (author)2013-07-20

does it take a pic

=) Well..... One does.

coolananias101 (author)2013-07-20

can you go on www.virtual family it's a virtual world so i can talk to you

coolananias101 (author)2013-07-20

does it take a pic

coolananias101 (author)2013-07-20

does it take a pic

coolananias101 (author)2013-07-17

hey jonny remaber me you emailed me remaber i im going to cry

I'm not sure what you're hinting at here....

PotatoCoffee (author)2013-05-24

Haha, nice one. Great for people with no tripods! :)

JonnyBGood (author)PotatoCoffee2013-05-25

Thanks, I didn't have one either until I made it. I am still planning to use mine for an ible eventually.

Darkscanner (author)2013-05-01

I have a camera, a giant box of k'nex, and 0 tripods. This is why I was so thrilled to see this tutorial!

I went ahead and built one for myself, and it is surprisingly versatile. I even took a picture, just for you. (:

JonnyBGood (author)Darkscanner2013-05-01

Wow, thanks for showing me! Glad it worked well for you.

nerfrocketeer (author)2013-04-11

good hail Mary maverick shot man!

JonnyBGood (author)nerfrocketeer2013-04-11

Thank you! Would have been better if I didn't hit my head afterwards.

nerfrocketeer (author)JonnyBGood2013-04-11

Yes. But hopefully "photoshop made it easier and less painful." :)

P.s. your friends channels are... Interesting. Lord of the rings, ponies, ect... :D :p

JonnyBGood (author)nerfrocketeer2013-04-11

Yes, yes there channels are interesting. That's why I love being a k'nexer. I met alot of awesome and interesting people here.

XD, BTW, now we know what you look like...and dr. richtofen...and Sharir1701...and yeah. Anyway, now that we know what you look like, we can hunt you down. XD

Lol I know what all of those people look like except for the dr. richtofen. Also, The Dunkis and Kenitic

Yeah.. Right.... Have fun hunting through the vast snowy plains of Indiana!

=D Well, I think I'll stay at home until summer, and when summer comes, you'd better be watching for shadows. XD (BTW, I'm totally teasing)

Yeah I know. No worries..... (looks over shoulder)

Hey bro! Congrats on the featured instructable! I wonder how you did it? I have tried making something using the general checklist for any featured instructable from Kiteman, but I guess I did not pull it off. Well, the tripod looks nice, although it is a bit bulky. I don't see how you attache a camera to the tripod itself? Happy building. =D

-The Red Book of Westmarch

As for how to attach the camera basically pieces get are slid down so they touch all four sides of the bottom part of the camera, keeping it from moving. I couldn't demonstrate because I only have one camera. ( and I can't take pictures with the knex one!)

Alright, cool bro. Again, happy building! =D

www139 (author)2013-02-26


dr. richtofen (author)2013-02-24

Nice! Looks sturdy, and not to piece consuming. Good instructions too.
Keep it up

JonnyBGood (author)dr. richtofen2013-02-25

Thanks, and will do!

dr. richtofen (author)JonnyBGood2013-02-25

Also, congrats on being featured!

dr. richtofen (author)JonnyBGood2013-02-25

No problem =D

sandroknexmaster (author)2013-02-25

Great! Epic nerf gun shot :p

Thanks! Not a big fan of acctually diving head long into a chair but photoshop makes everything easier, and less painful.

Haha :D

Are you working on anything?

Aha maybe :p

Alright then, can't wait to see it!

Tendo_club (author)2013-02-25

Could you make it out metal?

JonnyBGood (author)Tendo_club2013-02-25

Me? Not right now... but I am learning how to weld, so I may be able to eventually, until then I'll stick to Knex.

Fred_Sanford (author)2013-02-24

Cool man! Wish i had the K'nex for it though... Maybe challenge yourself with a K'nex Steadicam Next!

JonnyBGood (author)Fred_Sanford2013-02-24

Thanks! I may try that!

TheAwesomestDude (author)2013-02-24

very cool

JonnyBGood (author)2013-02-24

Dang, I thought I had a feature worthy project here. Oh well, maybe next time.

Kiteman (author)JonnyBGood2013-02-24


According to the stats, I am only the second person to look at this project. I doubt I'll be the last, though.

JonnyBGood (author)Kiteman2013-02-24

True.... I guess I should wait. I got kind of used to my instructables, when they are featured, were in the first few minutes of posting. I'll wait though. Thanks for looking at my instructable!

JonnyBGood (author)JonnyBGood2013-02-24

Alright!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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