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Telescopic Baton Answered

Anybody know how to make a baton?

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westfw (author)2008-11-19

Start with (photographic) tripod legs ?

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nerd12 (author)westfw2011-07-18

if you put a small spring inside along with a simple catch you can make a telescopic rod that would be pretty cool. imagine the look on a muggers face if you pull a long rod out of nowhere

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Goodhart (author)westfw2008-11-19

Hey, if someone has extra tripod legs, I could use a few to make a tripod....I need a way to steady my camera and anchor it. :-)

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Chicken2209 (author)Goodhart2008-11-19

Goodhart, if you need a tripod, remember what they told you in scouts First do a square lashing on 3 straight branches side by side. Then, after the final clove hitch, just pull the legs apart to create a tripod strong enough to hold a dutch oven or two

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Goodhart (author)Chicken22092008-11-20

I don't really want to have to go through that each time I want to take a picture :-)

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Chicken2209 (author)Goodhart2008-11-20

Does the word reuse mean anything to you? it only takes 5 minutes

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Kiteman (author)Chicken22092008-11-20
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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2008-11-20

I need it to, like a tripod, hold the camera at one spot, even after I let go of the camera.....I can't pick it up and find the same spot again it must be small sturdy, and portable.....a tripod, even if only a table top short legged one...

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westfw (author)Goodhart2008-11-20

Happy Birthday Goodhart! PM me your address, and I'll send you a tripod!

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Goodhart (author)westfw2008-11-20

thank you, so far it has been pretty nice. You aren't serious about the tripod are you? They aren't cheap (not in my area anyway). I mean, that is a very kind gesture and all, but you don't have to really....I will find a way somehow :-)

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westfw (author)Goodhart2008-11-20

Well, yeah. Now I'll have to embarrass myself by admitting how cheap I was going to be. Tripods are a bit like audio equipment. You end up paying exponentially more money for tiny little feature. You can get an "adequate" tripod for significantly less than $30; that's the kind I have: "adequate." I'm occasoinally reminded why it was cheap, but it surely continues to be much better than no tripod, and I didn't get so upset when I forgot one on a trip and had to buy another one at the last minute. Shop at Wallmart instead of a "photography store." You just have to decide whether you want an ultra-compact but less study version, or a sturdier but larger version.

More relvantly to the actual topic of discussion, I wouldn't have suggested turning a $2000 tripod into a baton in the first place...

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Goodhart (author)westfw2008-11-22

never fear about "cheap", if it works, I would never ask anyone to buy the best because I normally won't ;-)

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Goodhart (author)westfw2008-11-21

Aye, understood. I will look into your suggestion while I am on vacation here (if it will stop SNOWING *sigh*. It doesn't snow in November around here !!! (except on my vacation, it seems).

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Goodhart (author)Chicken22092008-11-20

it needs to be a bit more adjustable |:-)

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Chicken2209 (author)Goodhart2008-11-20

If you want it lower, widen the stance If your camera falls off, duct tape If you need to rotate, buy a better camera

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Goodhart (author)Chicken22092008-11-20

It needs to take up very little space (we are kind of cramped in my apt.).

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Chicken2209 (author)Goodhart2008-11-20

That's the great thing, when your not using it, you can leave it outside, people will just think they are branches

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Goodhart (author)Chicken22092008-11-20

...and the landlord will throw it out if he sees it :-)

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Chicken2209 (author)Goodhart2008-11-20

keyword: see It blends in with trees though

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Goodhart (author)Chicken22092008-11-20

Right there on either the font porch or the sidewalk (sadly I am in the city right now).

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Geeoff. (author)westfw2008-11-20

That's a pretty good idea, thanks

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westfw (author)2008-11-20

Although, it occurs to me that I'm not sure I have any idea what the original poster had in mind. Originally, I was thinking along the lines of a Marching Band sort of thing, but the ads that pop up remind me that the same name applies to some self-defense sorts of things... ??

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skunkbait (author)westfw2008-11-20

Yeah, I'm in the private protection business, and I was thinking about the "non-lethal force" tool. But then again, I couldn't totally dismiss the little girls in sequened jumpsuits.

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NachoMahma (author)2008-11-19

. The two I have seen were made from progressively smaller springs.

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Goodhart (author)NachoMahma2008-11-20

Hmm, maybe a pogo stick then? That has quite a spring in it :-)

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