I have begun to use my iPhone's camera for illustrating my Instructables. But, that often means my other hand is busy with something I am trying to show. I always worry about dropping the iPhone and breaking the screen. I decided to make a grip for holding the phone with one hand so that my index finger lines up with the shutter release button on the screen. (For now I am using rubber bands to hold the phone on the grip, but see the 2nd photo in the last step for what I did to replace the rubber bands. The phone shown belongs to my wife. I am using my phone with one hand to take these photos.)
- 2 x 4 (wood)
- 1/2 to 3/4 inch pine 2 1/2 inches wide
- 1/2 inch dowel
- Protractor and bevel guide
- Hand saw for wood
- Spokeshave or hand plane
- Belt or drum sander
Step 1: Grasp the 2 x 4 as shown
Mark around your hand as you grasp a 2 x 4. Saw out a rectangular piece. This will be the part gripped by the hand when using the camera holder.
Step 2: Shape the wood block
The wood block you sawed from the 2 x 4 needs to be shaped to fit the contours of your hand. This will provide a more secure grip and less fatigue while using the camera holder. I started with a spokeshave, but switched to light cuts with a hand plane.
When you are satisfied with the shape of the wood block, sand rough marks away with a belt or drum sander.
Step 3: Round for your thumb
Your thumb needs to wrap around one corner of the wood block. Round the corner where your thumb will be. (See the text box on the photo.)
Step 4: Drill a hole for the dowel
I had only a 1/2 inch dowel. I drilled a 1/2 inch hole in the wood block shaped to fit my hand. The hole is drilled at a compound angle. The dowel slants to the right as seen in the photo by 16 degrees. The dowel also slants toward the viewer at 5 degrees. You may vary these angles according to what fits your hand.