|Project by SirSeth||posted 12-30-2012 12:24 AM||6801 views||14 times favorited||12 comments|
Here’s a tripod I just finished that was inspired by PopsHuckster’s excellent work linked here:
The maple is old hockey sticks that the PE dept. was dumping. The walnut down the center is from an old window frame (I know, who makes window frames of walnut?). The spider is mahogany and the center column is a Feisol Carbon quick adjust post. Wipe on poly for finish. (Do you guys like that stuff? It seem to be easy and leaves a nice finish). The total height is about neck level for me, which will be fine with a gimbal head. You can see that I marred the finish with a saw and might fix that later.
The tripod was kind of born out of the need for a more stable solution for my big lens.(Tamron SP 300mm f2.8 with 1.4x and 2.0x). A Gitzo tripod that many folks recommend might cost $600-800 and the gimbal head by Wimberly or Really Right Stuff could cost as much. Way out of my price league, but this wooden leg set dampens vibrations very nicely. The only bummer is no leg locks, but I have a smaller tripod for low work.
Made primarily on my shop smith and disc sander. Clamps were welded down the street at a custom welding shop run by the Amish.
-- What if the hokey pokey really is what it's all about?