Introduction: Camera Slider for Under $20
Hey builders! I built a DIY Camera Slider for 16 measly dollars with parts from the Home Depot and wanted to share it with you all. It was a lot of fun building this thing, I hope you learn something from my Instructable. If you want to watch the video version, check it out:
Or you could just buy a slider on Amazon (but who wants to do that?): http://amzn.to/1SiwsZN
Step 1: Dude. Buy Your Supplies. Gather Tools.
Okay. For this project you're going to need
- Two five foot pieces of half inch conduit
- Four pieces of the one half inch metallic tube set connectors
- Three metal electrical boxes
- A metal box cover
- One 1/4 inch 20 thread count bolt and a nut that matches
- and ... a whole bunch of tools (screw driver, hammer, needle nose pliers, scissors, drill and drill bits)
So grab all that stuff and lets get to working. Mine came out to about $16 at the Home Depot.
Step 2: Punch Some Holes in Them Electrical Boxes
Okay, so take one of the electrical boxes and hammer out the two holes on the outside. Do this on both sides so that you have four holes total.
That was a whoot. Now that you've done that, you're going to do the same thing with the other two, but leave one side filled up. Two holes on one side, none on the other in each electrical box.
Step 3: Screw Set Connectors and Electrical Boxes... a Perfect Match?
Now you're going to take the set screw connectors and open them up. You see how there's five in there. You only need four, so you can put the last one in back in the bag and add it to your hoard.
So take the screw set connector thing and slide it onto the conduit and screw that on tight. Then unscrew the gear looking bolt from the top of the screw set connector and then slide screw set connector into one of your electrical boxes with two holes. Nice! Now attach it with that weird gear shaped bolt thing that you don't know the name of.
Okay do that again with the other one. Now you got two attached. Now before you repeat the process on the
other side you're gonna create the actual part that slides.
Step 4: The Slider Is Built. Velcro Has It's Day.
So take that electrical box that you punched four holes in and bring it in real close. Look at it. Look at like you've never looked at an electrical box before. You see how it doesn't have anything to make it slide easily along the conduit? That's lame and we're not lame.
So we're gonna take our soft Velcro and wrap it around the four hole openings. I put 1/2 inch strip on the bottom and a 1/4 inch strip on the side. Do that for all four holes.
Now slide slide it onto the two pipes with the open side up. Look dude! It's starting to come together!
Step 5: Electrify Your Life: Attach Other Electrical Box
Okay. Attach your last electrical box with the two holes just like you did before. Awesome!
Okay now we have a slider, but we can't attach a camera. No Bueno. Onward!
Step 6: Finishing Touches. People Respect You.
We need to make a place for the camera to attach otherwise we just have a big thing that our wife won't bring in the house.
Take the metal box cover and start drillin' some holes. I started off small, then I got a little bigger, then I got even bigger, but my wait gain story is for another instructable.
I also did this with my drill bits though. I finished with a 6.75mm drill bit and this worked perfectly.
Now slide your bolt through the hole and put the nut on the other side. Really wrench those things together so when you put the camera on it doesn't move around too much. Screw in the electronical box cover to the box using the screws that came with it and that is it.
You've done it! You've made a slider!
Step 7: Bonus Step. Plug Your YouTube Channel. Give Credit.
Now that you've finished it, consider buying a sweet tripod head to put on this thing:
Or a $2 thing on ebay that's almost as good:
Thanks for reading through my Instructable. If you liked it, consider checking out my YouTube channel, or go create! :)
Credit to the Film Riot and Austin Lindsay. I got the idea for this Instructable from them. Their videos:
7 years ago
Great idea! I have been looking for ideas like this except for using it as a playing cards tray slider. My family has get togethers and we play card games with anywhere from four to eight players. This can be used to slide a card holder tray back and forth so people don't have to reach halfway down the table to pickup a card and discard! Thanks! I may post an instructable on it!
Reply 7 years ago
Good idea! Hope it works out for you and look forward to seeing the finished project! :)