Made from 1/2 Inch PVC, here is a simple totally customizable 'spider-brace' style shoulder rig!
Though this design was created for use with a DSLR camera, ANY camera will work and this rig will give you stable and smooth camera shots with camera's as small as a iphone or flip all the way up!
Keep in mind, this is just my design, mostly for a guide for you to go out and make something even better!
Let's get started!
Step 1: Here's What You'll Need:
2 T joint
3 6 ½-7 Straight
2 5 ½ Straight
2 2 ½ Straight
9 1 ½ Straight
PVC Conduit Electric box – Side access panel
lower and back fittings.
For the Camera base you'll need:
1 2inch ¼-20 thread thumbscrew
Some optional things would be:
Bike hand grips
Step 2: Camera Base - Conduit PVC Box
On the conduit PVC box I used spray adhesive and placed a foam pad on the top to allow the camera to mount more securely to the base and keep it from moving. I used a 2 inch thumbscrew ¼-20 thread, 2 nuts and a spring. The conduit box has a rear and lower fitting with the access panel on the side!
The bolt assembly is setup like this: the two nuts tighten together to keep the top of the bolt at a proper distance from the top of the mount. Keeping the bolt from pushing too far out of the top. The spring is only there to keep the bolt from dropping out of the top hole when nothing is mounted.
Step 3: The Handle Assembly
Assemble both handles the same, connecting them to a T joint with a 1 ½” connector on one side and the 2 ½ ” on the other.
The 2 ½” connection will go on the opposite side of where your shoulder rest will be, to compensate for the camera being slightly off center.
Step 4: Assembling the Should Rest
Step 5: Complete Assembly
This is an example of just how customizable PVC designs can be. So get creative and try out some different designs yourself!
Step 6: Fine Tuning
Now, for my design, I want to add some shoulder padding, so before I glue anything in place, I want to cut some pipe insulation, creating the 90° angles. Then, hot glue and tape it to hold the form until the glue is secure. And that’s the optional shoulder padding.
Once everything is setup the way you like it, just mark all of your PVC connections, (I like to use 2 lines to assure perfect alignment) and glue it together!
And be sure to number the pieces also!
Trust me, it’s very easy to lose track of what pieces go where and PVC glue cures quickly! You can see in one of the photos, where I forgot to mark my PVC and I glued it together and set it up for the wrong shoulder. So I had to make another one.
Step 7: Some Customization
I setup my rig so the connections to the base are removable with a screw. This option was to allow for me to break my rig down and pack it for travel.
If you don’t already have one, grab a PVC cutter, SO much better than a saw!
Step 8: Final Assembly and a Quick Note About the Conduit Box
You can decide which one works best for your design, but I wanted to at least point out some of the differences.
Step 9: The Full Shoulder Rig
And there’s your PVC shoulder rig!
I ended up covering mine with athletic tape and added bike hand grips. Optional, yet worth it!