Introduction: Industrial-Grade GoPro Rollbar Mount
I take no responsibility if you damage/lose/anything happens to your camera. It is at your discretion to use this mount. I take no responsibility if you do something awesome and get it on film. Just don't be stupid.
In this Instructable, I will be showing you how to make an industrial grade GoPro (or equivalent action camera) rollbar/pipe mount.
Cost of materials: $15 or less
Basically, what you're doing is putting a bolt on the bar that goes onto the U Clamp. That's it. You are welcome to read the rest, but that's all we're doing. Very simple, easy, and cheap mount, that will last until the end of time.
Keep in mind this mount is much stronger than the plastic mounts you screw onto the camera. You will need either a wrench or pliers to remove it from the rollbar/pipe/whatever, so keep that in mind. It's a bit of a pain in the butt to attach the mount to a rollbar/pipe, but it won't move once it's tight.
Any kind of pipe/circular object smaller than the size of your C-Clamp. Works great on a handrail, rung of a ladder, broomstick, tripod leg, lightsaber, etc. I have put it on pipes smaller than the clamp, and it holds very very well.
This Instructable is licensed under an Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike license. You are more than welcome to use, modify and share my design, just do not claim it as your own.
Step 1: Gather Materials
Assuming you have a drill and GoPro (or equivalent) Tripod Mount, the cost of materials is at most $10
What you're going to need:
-1 x U-Clamp such as the one in the picture (available at most auto stores as an "exhaust clamp") $3-8
-1 x 1/4" bolt $0.10
-2 x 1/4" nuts $0.10
-GoPro (or equivalent) Tripod Mount with 1/4" receiver
-At least 2 pairs of pliers/Channel-locks to tighten the bolt
-A drill with a 1/4" drill bit
-Sharpie/permanent marker to mark the hole to drill
Step 2: Mark the Hole
In this step, you have the option to mark the plate of the U Clamp. You don't have to do it, but it can help if you don't have great estimation skills.
Step 3: Drill the Hole
Title is self explanatory.
Also, you probably don't want to drill into your table.
My hole wasn't direct center, but as long as it's in the middle of the plate, you'll be fine.
Step 4: Put the Bolt in the Hole
This is where we use the nuts that you should have gathered.
Take your bolt, put it through the hole, and screw 1 nut on the other side. You don't have to use both nuts. You'll see what to do with the other one in a minute.
You should take 2 wrenches, and tighten the bolt and nut very securely. This is what you screw the camera on.
Step 5: Attach Camera & Enjoy
Now if you still have 1 nut left, you can screw it onto the bolt, but don't tighten it.
(Optional) Add a washer onto the bolt for increased surface area to the tripod mount.
Screw your tripod mount onto the bolt we just added on.
Now, take the nut that is on there (you can also add a washer on it) and screw it up to the tripod mount.
You want to tighten it pretty hard. That way the tripod mount can't spin its way off of the bolt.
Now, attach your camera to the tripod mount (mine is a GoPro knockoff, but it uses the EXACT same mounts)
I have spray painted my mount black so it blends in a bit more, but you don't have to do that.
Step 6: (Optional) Paint It
I painted mine black, but you can paint it whatever color your heart desires.
The paint will most likely wear off with use, unless you use some sort of good paint.