Pros: Cheap to make and operate Materials are easy to find Compact design Timer "rings" when its done turning Cons: Non-adjustable tracking speed Lim...
Hey all, someone gave me the idea to make an inexpensive panoramic camera jig using a kitchen timer for some awesome time lapse footage. The whole project costs under $5!! Unless of course you need to buy the camera as well ;)
Ok so lets get started. As always, we begin with the tools and materials involved.
Pick up a kitchen timer (bought mine at walmart for around $3)
1/4"-20 bolt at least 1-1/2" long
Wing nut (can be substituted with a regular hex nut)
Stop nut (can be substituted with yet another regular hex nut)
small L-bracket (the smallest one you can find)
Tiny bolt (just found it lying around in my toolbox).
I found it helpful to have a drill with assorted drill bits and a rotary tool with a metal cutting wheel attachment.
Step 2: Adjustments
Now that you have to tools and materials, we need to make a few adjustments to insure a proper fit.
First, you'll want to cut the L-bracket to size so that one of the holes is centered on the dial knob. I used my rotary tool with the metal cutting disc attachment to cut the L-bracket to size.
Once you've got that done, use your drill and find a bit just a tad bit smaller than the diameter of your bolt and drill a hole through the dial knob - centered.
Step 3: Assembly
Ok so lets start piecing the assembly together.
First you'll want to thread your 1/4"-20 bolt through the L-bracket on the end you did NOT cut and secure it with the stop nut (or regular hex nut...although I'd put a lock washer if you're going that route to make sure it doesn't loosen up).
Once you've secured the bolt, thread the wing nut (or regular hex nut) onto the bolt - backwards.