A camera you can position wherever you want over your worktable is very useful for documenting your projects or streaming video for a live demonstration. It’s easy to add a tripod mount to a swing arm lamp without affecting the lamp’s normal operation.
This setup is suitable for small digital camera or a webcam with a standard tripod socket.
I picked up a swing arm lamp with magnifying glass at a yard sale for $5. Typically these units retail for about $15 new.
A 1/4"-20 bolt, about 1.5 inches long.
A 1/4"-20 nut.
A 1/4"-20 free spinning washer nut.
The hardware is available at any decent hardware store for about $1.50.
A suitable place is place which won’t interfere with the light or magnifying glass. After my first experiments I realized it would be better to mount the camera on the side of the lamp which faces the back of the desk (e.g. away from you).
Step 2: Add Bolt and Nut
Step 3: Attach the Webcam
Screw the camera (webcam or small digital camera) on the bolt and tighten it in place with the free spinning washer.
Use a couple of bread twist-ties or nylon ties to attach the USB cable to the swing arms to keep the cable out of the way. Make sure the cable won’t interfere with the swing arm’s normal movements.