Building a Tripod #1: Making the legs

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Blog entry by dakremer posted 06-07-2012 02:17 AM 9548 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m hoping this is going to be self explanatory. I will add a few comments here and there!


First I cut the half circles with a router. Each stick of wood is 1” X 1/2”. That way when joined together I’ll have a 1” X 1” square….

Next I cut a slot down the middle with a 1/4” straight bit on the router table….

Now to round the corners over….again using the router table…..

The next part is making the cap to fit on the top of the leg. This is what will connect all 3 legs together at the base…..

....and gluing it to the leg…..

I didnt take many pics of this next part. A 1/2” dowel fits into the leg. This allows the legs to extend out and make the tripod taller. I attached a knob into the dowel that I can tighten to the height that I want…...

Next I’ll be making the base to attach the legs to….

BONUS: Glad you stuck around for the end huh? Here are some wild/organic black raspberries I picked tonight! Out in the woods I live by, there is a humongous raspberry patch. I didnt even put a dent in it….MMMmmmmm…

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 06-07-2012 04:47 AM

That’s pretty slick. I wouldn’t have thought to try to build a tripod from wood. Is that white oak your using. I’m looking forward to see the finished project.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#2 posted 06-07-2012 12:23 PM

That is so cool it is crazy.
Nice work – really nice.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 06-07-2012 01:10 PM

ShopTinker – it’s white oak. So far its been a fun build. Dont have any plans, just building it as I go! I’ll be as surprised as you when its finished! :)

Steve – you are too kind some times…

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 06-07-2012 01:33 PM

Really neat Steve. Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

-- Harry, Indiana

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#5 posted 06-07-2012 02:07 PM

Very slick. Nice legs..

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 06-07-2012 03:39 PM

Very well done! That is a great project. I think you just solved my problem for what I was going to do for my kids for Christmas! I’m sure they’ll like it!!

By the way, how long did you make the legs?


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#7 posted 06-07-2012 07:34 PM

I made the legs about 20” long – mainly because that’s the size wood I had in my shop. Any length will work, however 20” is nice because when it’s all folded up it doesn’t take up much room. When the dowels are extended the tripod will sit at about 38” tall. I will be adding another extender in the middle of the base to raise the camera even higher – probably another 15” or so.

I mainly am making this tripod for my iPhone but am making it so any camera can attach.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#8 posted 06-07-2012 09:21 PM

That is wonderful a wood tripod.
Thank you for the fine explanation of the steps.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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