I've been wanting to do time-lapses of my art work for a long time, but never had the capacity to record any art I was doing non-digitally.  When I bought a webcam I thought I'd found the answer but I realized I never had the right angle.  
Because we're engineers and solving problems is what we do, my friend Silas Hughes and I designed and built a super simple mount for both my webcam and overhead light.

For this build I used 4' of 1/2" PVC, an L joint, a 4-way joint, a handfull of zip ties,  and a borrowed PVC cutter.

This build took me ~ 20 minutes and only cost about $6.  Super easy, right?

Step 1: Measure Twice...

The idea behind this design is that friction is your only fastener.  I live in a dorm room, so nails, bolts, screws, even tape can be a really bad idea.  What holds the PVC protrusion perpendicular to the wall in our design is a vertical portion of PVC which is sandwiched between the ceiling and shelf. This portion of PVC needs to be juuuust right.  Too long and it won't fit.  Too short and the whole contraption will fall over, useless and under-constrained.  
nice job but a pipe cutter is not the right tool to cut pvc but looks good

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