Hanging Camera Slider With Arm Extension





Introduction: Hanging Camera Slider With Arm Extension

About: Industrial Design student at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand, and avid woodworker and musician

This is my camera setup for my workshop. Its so versatile and covers nearly every shot that I need.

The camera is mounted onto an old adjustable lamp arm which slides along a track that is mounted to a beam in the ceiling. This setup is quite specific to my workshop layout but hopefully this gives you ideas to make something similar to suit your needs.

This was all made with scrap wood and few bolts and I video documented my progress

I will post pictures soon!

Step 1: Step 1: Making the Track and Slider

I used long pieces of scrap wood to make the track, simple butt joints screwed together to make 2 L channels which I then screwed onto the beam in the ceiling.

For the lamp arm, I cut off the head of a bolt and epoxied it into the base of the lamp. This will be used to attach the piece that would slide along the track.

Hopefully the video is easy to follow and show you how I made the track and slider piece.

Step 2: Step 2: the Camera Mount

Now all thats left to do is to somehow attach the camera to the arm. I made a platform for the camera to sit on and so that it can be adjusted up or down. I cut a piece of metal rod to fit into the lamp arm and had to file a little groove into it to match the profile of the existing piece. Then I epoxied it into a piece of wood which is attached to the camera platform via bolt. I made knobs out of square bits of wood and just epoxied the bolt into it.

And thats pretty much it! I now have a super easy setup that covers most of my workshop and doesn't cover any ground space so it hardly gets in the way. And when I'm not using it I just close the arm and leave it tucked to one side.



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    11 Discussions

    Wow! That is awesome!

    this has to be one of the coolest little projects i have ever seen done! a most useful tool for the woodshop for those that record their projects.

    I really dig this. I had a similar idea but mine seems infantile in comparison. Great job!

    That's remarkably cool.

    Funny, I had the same thought as B4SEC4MP. Lighting would be a cool feature - although my thought was some kind of battery operated LED assemble, as not to have unwieldily wires.

    This is a really cool project - every makerspace should have something like this!

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    Thank you! Good point about the wires... I will have to see if theres a suitable battery powered lamp that would be good to mount to the track as well

    Nice work. You could also install an additional work light on it for eliminating any remaining shadows when standing over the work bench. My work bench definitely needs it!

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    Thanks! I think I will be mounting a few more things like a work light onto the track! seems like it will be quite useful for a few applications

    For shooting pictures for things like instructables this could be really handy. So many times you need several more hands to hold things together so you can get a good shot. I like it. I will keep it in mind for the future.

    Do you know they have a new photography contest coming up? That could give you a chance to show off what it can do.

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    Exactly! This is like an extra arm. And I am able to get birdseye shots as well as your usual side on views that you get from a tripod.

    I didn't know about that contest, I will definitely keep an eye out for it.

    Thanks for your comment!