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Project by Dave Rutan posted 11-26-2014 02:57 PM 1532 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaŭ en Esperanto]

My wife’s school supplied her with an ipod to record the kids doing musical type things as part of New Jersey’s Core Curriculum. Among other things, she uses the ipod to record her children’s concerts and the annual musical. The children are then shown their performance to see how well they did, sort of like visual feedback.
Having someone hold up an ipod and record these events can be tiring on the person’s arm, so she asked if I could make something so that the ipod could be mounted on a tripod. What a silly question.

I began by tracing the size and shape of her ipod onto a piece of paper and marking where the important buttons, jacks and lenses were. Basically, I needed to create something that worked like the human hand, holding the ipod by the bottom and top, but keeping the lens open.

Not seeing a lot of these sort of things on Google images, I decided something like a trough would hold the thing securely. The trick was the holding aspect. I did not want to just use a screw and wing nut arrangement because if something can be tightened, SOMEONE will eventually decide that the ipod is headed on a Mars mission and should be tightened down until plastic cracks. I’m not speaking of my wife. She knows better, but being in a school with helpful children and teachers I’m sure it would happen eventually.

I knew I needed something to hold the upper part and I knew it had to slide up to allow the ipod to be removed/inserted. I was imagining something spring loaded, but I don’t have many springs, especially not light compression springs. I thought I’d have to do something with a rubber band. Then, during supper it came to me. Safety pins are springs and we had a few big ones.

So between the mystery picture I posted and the finished product, I only had to add a small piece of wood to cap the dowel rods and two safety pins, (to balance things out. One pin likely would have been enough.)

Additional photos:

[Above] This photo shows the mount on the tripod without the ipod. [Below] This photo shows how to open the ‘jaws’ to put the ipod into the mount.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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Holzarbeiterin

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#1 posted 11-26-2014 03:15 PM

I really like the idea. I use an IPod to take photos in my shop. I also keep PDF´s of drawings and plans for my projects. I’m defininately going to make one!

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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#2 posted 11-26-2014 03:18 PM

Brilliant idea!

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho https://www.facebook.com/SillyLillyBowsAndMore

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#3 posted 11-26-2014 03:24 PM

Ingenious, Dave! This would definitely improve the quality of camera phone photos as well. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Oldtool

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#4 posted 11-26-2014 03:31 PM

Great solution to the problem. You should patent this, or at least copyright it, very original indeed.
This is what is so great about woodworking, at least for me, the opportunity to solve problems with each and every project. Nice work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 11-26-2014 04:08 PM

pretty slick idea.

-- Smitty!!!

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#6 posted 11-26-2014 04:09 PM

I do want to make another one of these somewhere down the road, but I want to use brass rod instead of the dowels. Hoping to find an even better solution to the spring.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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kiefer

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#7 posted 11-27-2014 03:16 AM

Good thinking Dave
I like how you made this from stuff around the shop and came up with a goods practical item that works well looking at the pictures .

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#8 posted 11-27-2014 01:48 PM

Great idea, might have to build one for my Samsung phone! The thought just came to me that you might be able to use coil springs like are in a pen, one on each side, and attach them top and bottom so the top clamp doesn’t just slide down.

I’m rambling, so I’ll quit now…...Great work!
Jake

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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Dave Rutan

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#9 posted 11-27-2014 02:13 PM



Great idea, might have to build one for my Samsung phone! The thought just came to me that you might be able to use coil springs like are in a pen, one on each side, and attach them top and bottom so the top clamp doesn t just slide down.

I m rambling, so I ll quit now…...Great work!
Jake

- jakeprater

I considered pen springs. It was too tight for the dowel/skewer though. If I use brass rod, it might be small enough that pen springs would work.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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