In preparation for some of my more exciting projects, I purchased a miniature action camera. While learning to use this thing, I realized I would need a nice bendy tripod. Tripods that are strong, flexible, and portable seemed very expensive and many reviews claimed that they break at the most inconvenient times.
So I decided I would make my own tripod. Looking around the workshop, I scavenged a large quantity of thick copper wire, some wood scraps, and plenty of nuts and bolts.
This is what I made
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, we are ready to paint it. I decided to go with a single coat of black spray paint, though a dark stain or a brighter color would look just as nice.
Step 3: Make the Legs
Though I plan to use this primarily for my Polarioid Cube camera, I thought it better to make this project beefy enough to support other, larger cameras. Rather than use a single strand of standard copper wire used in household supply circuits, I decided to twist two strands together.
To do this, I first cut a 14 in. length of wire and bent it in half around a thick bolt. I then anchored the two ends to my workbench with a vice and turned the bolt clockwise about 15 full rotations. I repeated this process for all three legs.
When all three legs are complete, we are ready to assemble the whole thing.
Step 4: Some Assembly Required
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 ready to hold virtually any medium sized camera in place.