Introduction: Small Flexible Tripod
The goal of this project was to create a small flexible tripod from scrap materials capable of supporting an action camera or webcam. In the time since first publishing this instructable, I have found that inexpensive off-the-shelf tripods were far more practical. However, I think this design could be greatly improved by small modifications.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- (3) 14in. lengths of thick copper wire
- a 1/4 in. thick piece of wood at least 2 in. x 2 in.
- a 1/4 in. bolt
- (2) 1/4 in. nuts
- spray paint (black)
- an afternoon (including planning and painting)
Step 2: Make the Platform
Cut an equilateral triangle from a section of wood. Remember that equilateral triangles have three interior angles of 60 degrees. It is easiest to use a small protractor to measure out the angles, making sure the triangle's sides will be equal.
After this is done, use a pencil to mark lines roughly a half inch from each point, parallel to the opposite side. When these lines are cut, the triangle will become a hexagon without any sharp edges. Use sandpaper and a file to smooth out each side.
Drill three sets of two 1/16th in. holes in each tip of the platform with one 1/4 in. hole in the middle. These do not need to be measured precisely, so long as they are roughly equal.
After each hole is sanded, it is ready for paint. I decided to use a single coat of black spray paint, though a dark stain or a brighter color would look just as nice.
Step 3: Some Assembly Required
Each leg can be made by twisting two strands of thick copper wire together.
Insert each loose end of one leg into a corresponding set of holes in the wooden platform. Bend the tip of each leg and/or add some glue to secure it in place. In the center of the platform, secure a 1/4 in. bolt with a corresponding nut.
And we're done! The tripod is now a useable platform for small action cameras or webcams.
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