Introduction: DIY Multi-use Laser Stand

This laser stand can be used for almost anything, a recipe holder, artistic art holder, picture holder, and several other things, but most importantly a laser, thanks to its flexible legs, it could be mounted on a telescope, binoculars or almost anything. It could help hold your laser still while trying to set up mirrors for a tunnel scanner or even just hold it still to gaze lovingly at your laser.

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Step 1: Gathering Materials

For this project you will need:
-2 binder clips
-about 5 feet of thick wire
-a craft stick(aka popsicle stick)
-felt

The tools you will need are:
-needlenose pliers
-clamp or vice grip
-hot glue gun(with glue)or any other glue that you would feel comfortable with, it needs to be a little flexible though.
-black marker

Once you gather all your materials head on to step 2!

Step 2: Measuring and Cutting the Felt

First flip the metal handle things on the clips up. After that we are going to grab the felt and wrap it around the binder clip marking the place it ends with our finger. (see picture, it will make a lot more sense)
Measure the width of the clip then cut it out.

Step 3: Gluing the Felt

In this step we are going to glue the felt onto the inside of the clip.
First you have to use the clamp to hold open the clip.
Then put glue on the felt and carefully slide the felt into the clip tryinh not to touch it, then use the popsicle stick to press it against the sides of the clip. Let it dry then close the clip.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the second clip.

Step 4: Color the Craft Stick Black

Need I say more?

Step 5: Glue the Clips to the Craft Stick

Using some flexible glue, glue the binder clips to either end of the popsicle stick.

Step 6: Wrap the Wire

Cut 2 lengths of wire about the length of your arm.

Then wrap a piece about 1/4" away from one of the binder clips. Try to get it as tight as possible, I used the pliers to squeeze it and make the popsicle stick stop sliding.

Repeat with the other length of wire on the other side of the clip.

Once you've done that, twist the four wires together really tight.

Step 7: Final Thoughts

Fold the tips of the legs really lightly with the pliers, it will make harder for it to scratch you/your telescope, or poke an eye out.

You could wrap the legs in duct tape, but I like the shiny copper wire showing.

Some thoughts to improve my design:
-it was meant to be relatively simple so plenty of improvements could be made
-the dot, when shining over long distances tends to vibrate, becuase of the vibrations being picked up through the wire legs. You could possibly use softer wire. I've found that using it on carpets helps this a lot.
-its hard to make fine adjustment, but with a little patience its not too hard to get it right

Holding a laser isn't the only thing this could be used for, it could be a recipe holder, art display, a paper stand for typing, and a lot more, be creative with it!

Have fun and Happy Lasing!!

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You can get quality powerful lasers here:
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Posted by Lasercommunity member: Trooperrick123

Comments

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Clayton H. made it! (author)2008-04-30

This is almost like a gorila pod!

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crazy888 made it! (author)2007-12-03

nice! like the flexibility it would work great with a lot of different experiment setups

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FathomBoy91 made it! (author)2007-12-02

The tripod idea was rlly good.

check out mine and the best of luck to you
Personal Wicked Laser Light Show

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wickedlasers made it! (author)2007-11-28

Nice, very creative! awesome stand!

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Solaryellow made it! (author)2007-11-24

Lasers are always cool, no matter what they are sitting ON, IN, or AROUND. Tripod is flexible in all aspects, looks like it could be good for this crazy experiments we laser people carry out.

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ironsmiter made it! (author)2007-11-23

Not sure about the wonky wire tripod for any real use, but the no-mar binder clip is NICE... Some projects, i used to use wood clothes pins for, but they are never strong enough, and don't open far enough ... these babies will fit the bill nicely!

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GorillazMiko made it! (author)2007-11-23

nice laser lol

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