In this instructable, I will demonstrate how to make your own c-stand out of plumbing pieces for under $10! The C-stand i made in the picture below is pretty sturdy, and looks a lot like the real thing.
On the next page we'll discuss the materials for this project...
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Step 1: Supplies
The things you will need are:
- 3/4 inch PVC pipe - This stuff is usually sold in lengths of 10ft. Buy ten feet of this pipe. You will not have much leftover
- 1/2 inch PVC pipe - Just like above, buy a 10 foot piece. This pipe will form the riser, or the part that goes up and down to adjust the height.
- 2 3/4 tee junctions
- 4 3/4 elbow junctions - These are those 90-degree connectors
- 3 3/4 caps - These will be put on the legs to cover them.
- 1 3/4 straight connector
- 1 3/4 to 1/2 adapter - This adapter will make sure the 1/2" pipe will slide smoothly
- Drill tap - You will need a tap to make screw threads in the adapter.
- Screw - This eye-bolt screw should match the size of the tap above.
Step 2: Making the Stem
Using a saw, cut two 1-1/2 inch pieces of the 3/4 inch pipe.
You should also get together one elbow and two tee junctions.
Insert the small piece of pipe into the elbow, and stuff the other end into a tee junction. Then get the second piece of pipe and use it to attach the last tee junction.
Now, look at the stem from the top and try your best to position the parts at equally spaced 120 degree angles
Step 3: Build the Rest of the Base
Before we can assemble it, we must cut the appropriate lengths of 3/4 inch PVC pipe.
You will need:
- One section 10 inches long
- One section 4 inches long
- One section 6 inches long
- Three 8 inch pieces.
Repeat this process three times until you have made all three legs.
Now, take the legs and attach them into the stem, with the 8 inch pipe at the top.
A couple of notes:
- Do not use glue in this project. You may have to adjust the C-stand a few times or swap parts if something ever brakes
- Also, you might have to trim some of the pipes used above to make them fit perfectly.
Step 4: Make the Riser
You should have a few feet of pipe leftover. I recommend using about 4 feet of pipe for the riser. Using the saw again, trim this pipe down to four feet.
Then, take the piece of pipe you just cut and press it down into the base.
Step 5: Making the Adapter
Take the straight adapter and the 3/4 to 1/2 adapter. Stick them into eachother.
Using a drill, drill a hole into the side of the adapter. Then, take the tapper and go through the hole again. You know have a hole for the eye bolt.
The last step is to file down the inside of the 3/4 to 1/2 adapter because the 1/2 inch pipe cannot slide though it easily unless you widen the adapter.
Step 6: Finishing Up
While this project is not as sturdy as a real c-stand, it will do a good job holding reflectors or cameras, maybe even lights. If you make a second one, you can use them to hold backdrops or green screens.
You may also find it useful to make attachments like clamps. A great trick a saw is to use electrical pipe conduit holders to grab onto the riser. You can see some examples below.
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