|Project by PopsHuckster||posted 08-20-2013 09:02 PM||3284 views||18 times favorited||18 comments|
There was always something unique about a wood camera tripod. They just seemed a little more stable or solid than the new plastic ones. I’ve always wanted one too. $$$ to buy one was prohibitive though. So I thought I’d use some of the mahogany and oak I had laying around and make my own. A couple pieces of brass stock from ACE hardware and I was ready. Legs are made using a ‘v’ configuration in the outside pieces and a mating cut on the inner slides to keep the legs from spreading apart when being adjusted. The cam lock uses the brass stock from ACE and some brass knurled nuts from a box of jig supplies I had in the shop already. It was my first project using some mahogany I was given when I wouldn’t take any $$ from a fellow who’s Model A I had worked on over the years. He had quite a stack of various size pieces he gave me a choice of. Next mahogany project will be a wooden steering wheel for my newest car project. A 1976 MGB roadster.
Anyway..it’s been about 4-5 month’s since the tripod build and I can say it’s still working very well. I was a little skeptical at first using the wood cam locks but because of the added adjusting I made to the brass arms, it’s never slid down or tried to collapse on me while using it.