This extends and, hopefully, improves and simplifies the instructable mentioned above. This version of the tripod folds flat and allows for a variety of upper camera mounts. This increases the number of angles at which a (lightweight) camera can be held. It retains all of the advantages of the Loc-Line model -- flexibility, durability, and general coolness.
Step 1: Blah Blah Blah
Step 2: Tools and Materials
This is interesting and fun stuff from ModularHose.com, master distributors of Loc-Line modular hose. Buy the pliers for assembling segments and connectors. Buy lots of this stuff because it just has to be useful for other projects. It's expensive enough that it better be useful.
41401 Loc-Line Hose Segment Pack for 1/4" system
41406 Loc-Line 1/4" NPT Connector for 1/4" system
Each tripod uses four (4) of the connectors (they come in four packs) and 24+ segments of hose (8 apiece for the three legs; additional pieces for extensions). Each two pack of hose contains 2 x 10 segments.
The base can be of any material that can be tapped with a 1/4" NPT tap. I used a small block of mahogany (scrap that I had kicking around from a project from twenty-five years ago) but a chunk of wood, metal or plastic would work as well.
Step 3: Base
These block are mahogany (soft wood) with dimensions 2 7/8" x 1 3/8" x 7/8" (2.875" x 1.375" x .875"). The initial holes were drilled with a 31/64" bit (probably 1/2" would be fine but I used what I had). They were attractively spaced three on one side and one on the other. They were then threaded with a 1/4" NPT tap. Yes! I threaded soft wood with a pipe thread! The threads were solidified and holes very slightly widened by cranking a connector in.
The wood was finished with three coats of Tung Oil and a single coat of wax.
Step 4: Tap
Step 5: Bolt
Step 6: Assembly
Loc-Line is hard to attach by hand. The assembly pliers make it much easier. Use the pliers to attach the legs and make sure the mounting pieces as screwed in.
All done! See photographs of the finished tripod in the next step.
Step 7: Finished
Smaller cameras, however, can be held at all different angles and make taking pictures straight down or vertically aligned easy.