Make Your Own Gorilla Pod

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Introduction: Make Your Own Gorilla Pod

About: Hi, I'm Ben. I like mechanical engineering, and using free stuff/"junk".

The title says it all. If your unfamiliar with gorilla pods, they are tripods made with bendable coolant hose also known as segmented hose. They cost $22 to $55 to buy, but you can make your own for only a few dollars worth of parts. Lets get started.

EDIT: Adding grip step is added!

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Step 1: Materials

Materials
-Segmented hose sections. I used 21 sections total.
-three way segmented hose divider
-segmented hose to 2/5 inch hose adapter
-1/4 inch segmented hose nozzle
-1/4 inch bolt
-8•32 socket head bolt
-8•32 lock nut
-some 1/4 inch washers. preferable rubber
-hot glue or super glue
-Optional, but recommended-7 Lego tires. The ones I used said "30.4 x 14" on them.

Note:segmented hose is available here. Just search for "Coolant hose"

Tools
-Drill press or hand drill
-11/64 inch drill bit
-Hot glue gun

Step 2: Make the Divider and Attach the Legs

Get the three way segmented hose divider.
1. Drill a hole in the center as shown. Hole should be the diameter of the 8-32 bolt (about an 11/64 inch bit). Attach all the segmented hose segments into three equal sections. Then snap on the segments to the divider. See the pictures if you get confused.

Step 3: The Mount for the Camera Mount

We are going to put on the mount for the camera mount.
1. Put the 8-32 socket head bolt through the adapter as shown. Then put the bolt through the hole drilled in the three way splitter.
2. Screw the lock nut onto the end. Tighten enough to keep the adapter from spinning freely, but not so much as you can not turn the adapter.

Step 4: The Camera Mount

Here we will be making the part that attaches the camera to the tripod.
1. Put glue on the 1/4 inch bolt and quickly slide it into the nozzle as shown.
2. Make sure the bolt does not turn with glue
3. Add rubber washers to the end of the 1/4 inch bolt until about 3/8 of inch of the bolt are visible above the washers.

Step 5: Adding Grip

In this step we will add some grip to our Gorilla Pod. This step is optional, but recommended. I used some Lego tires. They will be secured with hot glue. Thanks to Duck Lemon for the idea to use Lego tires!
1. Put tires onto the legs, two on each leg.
2. Glue them in place with hot glue.
3. Cut one tire into three or four sections with wire cutters or scissors.
4. Glue one section onto the end of each leg.

Step 6: Finish

Just snap the camera mount onto its mount, and your finished! Enjoy your new Gorilla Pod you made for only a few dollars! Don't forget to vote for this in the Photojojo Contest! Thanks for looking!

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    67 Discussions

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    ebp
    ebp

    9 years ago on Introduction

    What is the diameter of the hose and how much weight can the stand hold up?

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    thoughtstorms
    thoughtstorms

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    great idea - thanks for sharing it!    If i ever find some affordable LocLine, i will be trying it!

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    kc135576
    kc135576

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I think you may have needed the tripod to take the pictures of you making the tripod.

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    MatanSilver
    MatanSilver

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I know, right? Who sees the irony that there were blurry pics in an instructable of how to make a tripod?

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    imrobot
    imrobot

    11 years ago on Introduction

    does it have the ability to grip on to poles, hang sideways, or upside down like an actual gorilla pod?

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    Exitao
    Exitao

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Could you not add a bit of hose to the bottom centre, beneath the camera mount and then make it so you could detach the three legs, connect them together, like a monopod which you could wrap around posts, or saplings or branches?

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    benthekahn
    benthekahn

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Not with the one I made because the grip on the end of each leg would keep them from being connected, but I'm sure you could easily make one that would work for that.

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    Exitao
    Exitao

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    If we find a way to thread them together, we could use the same threading to screw in the feety-type grips...

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    benthekahn
    benthekahn

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Go for it! Maybe even have a segment that had grip on the bottom for each leg. When the legs are combined, these segments could be removed and stashed somewhere?

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    theRIAA
    theRIAA

    11 years ago on Introduction

    i bought a kockoff at dealextreme for $12 and it's just like the original they don't have any more though...

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    spidermac
    spidermac

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    you found a gorillapodlike tripod on DX? can u tell me where or the name of the item? thanks

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    MePerson
    MePerson

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    There's a Gorilla Pod-like tripod at RadioShack, its called the Targus Grypton Portable Tripod. It's not too bad, and they have two sizes.

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    spidermac
    spidermac

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    thanks but unfortunately i'm not close to a radioshack store.. i'm in italy

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    M. Gyver
    M. Gyver

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I second this comment, I got the smaller one for about $10. It works well for a point and shoot.

    I multi-tasked it and turned it into helping hands, similar to this. I should have taken pictures for an instructable, but I forgot.

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    theRIAA
    theRIAA

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    they ran out a couple months ago, they had a big one and a mini one, i got both. it was under "flexible joints tripod" or something