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Mini Panoramic Camera Jig

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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 ;)
 
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Step 1: Tools And Materials

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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). Tools: 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

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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

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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.
Blofish8 months ago
This is just genius. simple and very useful.
I love it... (thinking how to use this idea with a tripod and a galaxy s3 phone) thank you and if I can I will post what mine looks like.
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