The monopod that I have made is easy to make and it costs under 5$. Also it has a function as a hiking pole, so you do not need to lug around a heavy tripod and a hiking pole. Now you just need to carry a light monopod hich doubles as a hiking pole.
Things that you probably need to buy:
1/4" 20 thread hanger bolt: 0.50$
1/4" 20 thread hex nut: 0.10 $
3/4" by 48" wood dower: 3.00$
Things that you need but probably have:
A 1/4" drill bit
An adjustable wrench
A screw at least 3" long
A drill bit matching the screw
A drill driver
And last but not least a camera
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Step 1: Putting in the "foot"
2) After you make the hole then insert the screw and while holding the dowel tightly use the drill driver to screw it in until it can't anymore. It will vibrate a lot but it will not shatter. This is what you will need to stick the monopod into the ground to make it stable.
This is not for taking photos in the city but for photos in the mountains or in your neighborhood park. Also with this screw you can use the monopod as a hiking pole. The screw catches the ground and if you drive it in over an inch it will not get ripped out.
Step 2: Drilling the Hole for the Hanger Bolt
Step 3: Placing the Hanger Bolt
Step 4: Tighten the Hanger Bolt As Much As Possible
Step 5: Enjoy Taking Stable Photos of Nature
Remember all the essential things can be found in any hardware store for a very cheap price!
Note: I saw a similar monopod in a MAKE magazine but I modified it so that it was more practical and much less expensive.