Simple Camera Slider for on a Tripod





Introduction: Simple Camera Slider for on a Tripod

About: I'm a social-worker, working with 12 - 23 year-olds. I used to be a printer. In 2018 I opened a small makerspace ( in my house, where I have lasercutters, 3d-printers, Arduino's, Mindstorms and ...

For an upcoming project I need a simple slider. (The upcoming project will probably become an Ible) I found two old rails for a drawer and made a very nice slider in under a hour.

The problem is that here in Europe you can't find the 1/4 inch screws to connect the camera, so I'm still waiting for them to arrive from China and I took apart a camera stand to use the slider until the screws arrive.

Yes the camera is not digital and that is what we will need for our upcoming project.

Step 1: You Will Need


  • 2 Drawer rails
  • A small piece of metal
  • Some nuts and bolts


  • Ruler and pencil
  • Screwdriver
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Metal bender (or vise)

Step 2: Prepare the Rails

My rails had a 'stop' to prevent it from going both ways. But we want it to go both ways so I pried it out with a screwdriver.

Because it where really old rails, I sprayed some WD40 in it and it make them move like new again.

Step 3: Make a U Shape

I didn't have an U profile in the right size, so I made my own.

The U profile should be at least 50 mm x 50 mm to give the slider some stability on the tripod. I went for 60 mm wide and 80 mm long. (all approximately)

Mark the width on a piece of metal. (80 mm in my case) Use metal that is thick enough to hold the slider and a camera.

You will need at least 25 mm (1 inch) of height so the metal should be at least 60 mm + 2 x 25 mm = 110 mm long. I just used the size that the metal already was.

Mark 60 mm in the middle of the 110 mm.

Bend both sides 90 degrees up. I used a special bender for this (not the one from Futurama), but you can also do this in a vice.

Step 4: Add Some Holes

Drill some 4 mm holes in the four corners of the U shape.

Mark the middle of the top.

Drill a 1/4 inch hole in the middle (6,5 mm).

Step 5: Bolt on the Rails

Mark the middle of the rails.

Mark the middle of the side of the U shape.

Hold the middle line of the U on the middle line on the rail and mark where the holes are in the U onto the rail.

Drill 4 mm holes where the markings are on the rail.

Widen the holes from the inside.

Use M4 bolts with a V head to bolt the rail to the inside of the U-shape.

Test if the rails still moves over the bolts.

Do the same for the other side.

Step 6: The Other U Shape

Measure the distance between the two rails.

Bend an other U-shape in this size. (I was lucky and I could use a piece that I had already in my scrap drawer)

The second U-shape should be the same length as the first (80 mm).

Mark the middle of the of the top of the U-shape.

Drill a 1/4 inch (6,5 mm) hole in the middle of the U.

Step 7: Attach the Second U-shape

Mark the middle of the side of the second U-shape.

I had already holes in the middle of the inside of my rails.

The second U will go upside down on the middle of the inside of the rails.

Mark where the holes in the rails ar on the second U.

Drill 4 mm holes where you marked the holes from the rails.

I needed an extra washer to make exactly the right width.

Bolt the second U-shape to the inside of the rails.

I cut off the parts of the bolts that are to long, but you don't have to.

Step 8: Put on a Tripod

Use the correct 1/4 inch bolts and nuts to put the bottom U-shape on a tripod and to put a camera on the top U-shape.

We now have a nice and cheap and really easy to make slider.



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    6 Discussions

    Hi Oliveira, I added a test clip. This is also a hint into the next project.

    Hi Oliveira, I added a test clip. This is also a hint into the next project.

    Hi Oliveira, Like you can see, I am going to use it with an analog camera, so there won't be any sliding shots. Just because analog photo camera's can't make video shots. But for sure there will be some shots added when we are finished with our analog photo project. You will see the slider back in that project. If for any reason that project isn't a succes, I will post that in this Ible.