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Project by Dave Rutan posted 12-03-2015 07:32 PM 986 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a holder for mounting an ipod to a camera tripod. I made one similar to this some time ago and there is a great deal of detail about it in that post [link], so I won’t repeat it here.

The main difference between this tripod mount and the previous one is that instead of a spring loaded mechanism I’ve used a screw and wing nut affair. I probably would have used this system on the first one, but it hadn’t yet occurred to me.

This particular mount is made for my brother. I’m not sure what the wood is, but it’s not pine. I finished it with spray lacquer.

[Below] Not done intentionally, but because I used thinner wood, this version makes the one I made for my wife (right) look a bit clunky.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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CFrye

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#1 posted 12-03-2015 07:55 PM

But squeezing the ‘springs’ was so much fun! This version is probably more durable. Nice upgrade, Dave. What changed your mind about the bolt/wing nut?
”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.”
Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 12-03-2015 08:18 PM



But squeezing the springs was so much fun! This version is probably more durable. Nice upgrade, Dave. What changed your mind about the bolt/wing nut?
”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.”
Thanks for sharing.

- CFrye

Glad you asked for clarification. Originally I was imagining a bolt running top to bottom and the wing nut would clamp down on the top holder, thus over-tightening would press down on the ipod.

With this arrangement, the nut and bolt only clamp onto the vertical rods, so over-tightening will only strip out the threads of the bolt (well, it’s possible,) more likely the countersunk screw would be pulled through the wood. So overtightening is still possible, but it won’t harm the ipod. I hadn’t envisioned this when I built the first one.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 12-03-2015 08:40 PM

OK, now I see the assembly clamps onto the dowels, not the iPod. Got it!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 12-03-2015 09:13 PM



OK, now I see the assembly clamps onto the dowels, not the iPod. Got it!

- CFrye

Yeah! Dowels! That’s what they’re called! I tell you, my mind is either going, or I’m thinking in the wrong language! FYI the dowels are bamboo skewers. I wish they made them in 1/4 inch size. These are 3/16 nominally.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 12-03-2015 10:11 PM

Thanks for the post Dave, this goes on the to do list.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#6 posted 12-04-2015 01:32 PM



Thanks for the post Dave, this goes on the to do list.

- greg48

May our to-do list never be smaller than our to-done list!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#7 posted 12-04-2015 02:08 PM

I’d like to adapt this idea for an iPad Air 2!

Don

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#8 posted 12-04-2015 02:12 PM



I d like to adapt this idea for an iPad Air 2!

Don

- Don Butler

It should be possible, you’d just need to scale it up a bit. It might need beefing up a little as far as dowel size. The ipad my wife has from school is in a case, so I haven’t put thought into something similar for it.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#9 posted 12-04-2015 05:16 PM

Thanks to everyone for putting this humble project in the Daily Top 3!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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