The perfect gift for musicians, aspiring musicians, and broken electronics enthusiasts - built one using nothing but my own copious collection of crap!
Step 1: Acquire Materials
-Broken Tripod: The parts that tend to break are usually the bits that attach to the camera: the miscellaneous dials and plastic knobs at the top. Luckily, all you need for this project are intact legs...
-CD player, VCR, DVD, or any other component of a home entertainment system that is no longer entertaining, and has a metal case (not plastic).
-*Adjustable flag pole bracket*: For mounting the music holder to the tripod. If you have one of these you may not need any of the items below (and you can skip step 4)!
-PVC pipe: Length and diameter depend on the dimensions of the tripod; mine was a 6" bit of 1" diameter PVC.
-Wood: I used a 4"x4" scrap of 3/4" ply, but other dimensions of plywood or solid wood will work.
-Small, Wide Brackets: The kind that come with rack-mount server hardware are great, but anything with a 90-degree bend will suffice.
-Stiff metal strip: I bent a large "L"-bracket semi-straight using my super-human strength, but any length of stiff metal would work, too.
-1/4" Carriage bolt & wing nut: The length of the bolt depends on the thickness of the wood piece; mine was 1".
-Misc. screws, nuts & bolts, washers: Will vary depending on the dimensions of your brackets & wood.
-Glue: Gorilla, Elmer's... or you may not need any at all, depending on your available materials and how you assemble them.
-Drill, 1/4" bit (slightly larger is OK)
-Jigsaw, files, sandpaper