Posts Tagged ‘tripod’
After making the phone clamp to mount my phone to a tripod I decided to add a boom arm as well. This is extremely useful for top-down shooting, reaching over the bench for videos, or just keeping the tripod farther away so I don’t kick its legs while I’m working. The arm is 30″ long overall and has an effective reach of about 24″. There isn’t much to cover in the general design of the arm. I used one brass insert, installed in the same manner that was described in the phone clamp post. The slots along the arm obviously allow the clamp to get positioned anywhere over its length. One detail worth mentioning is what I call the “head” which is to one side of the brass insert vs. the “arm” which is on the other. You’ll notice I left the head large (about 6″ x 2″ x 3/4″) where as the arm gets thinner, narrower, and has the slot material removed. This is to allow the head to counterbalance the long reach of the arm. It’s not perfectly balanced, but it helps a lot. I can add the weight of the clamp and phone all the way to the end of the arm and things stay nicely in place, however I am considering adding a brass weight to the head to improve the balance further.
These two simple accessories have already made things so much simpler in the shop for shooting pictures and especially videos. Each one took only a couple hours to make so if you’re doing a lot of phone/camera juggling in the shop take some time and make these two pieces. Or don’t. This is America people, what you do in your shop is your business.
I recently got around to making some accessories for my tripod (a phone mount/clamp and a boom arm for said clamp) to make life easier when shooting video in the shop. I’ve wanted to do this for about a year now, but only just got around to it. After sharing some pictures via Instagram I got several requests for selling or sharing plans for these two accessories, but we’re not in the phone/camera business so we don’t plan on selling them. We are in the hope-this-makes-your-life-better-for-free business, however, so enjoy. This first post will cover the phone holder (a.k.a. clamp) that mounts the phone to the tripod. The next entry will cover the boom arm attachment.
Disclaimer: If you make a phone holder/clamp like ours be aware there’s nothing to stop you from cranking down on the nut and cracking your screen… use common sense because we won’t be replacing any phones.
The holder is based on our Drawer Slip Clamps and uses one standard set of stainless steel hardware. The jaws are 4″ long and 3/4″ thick just like our clamps, but to hold the phone they were made wider at 2″ (this was to hold an iPhone 6s, your phone may be different so size the width accordingly). Brass inserts were installed in the bottom and end of the clamp for the tripod attachment plate and a 3/4″ notch was cut out of the sliding jaw to provide access to the Home and Photo button on the phone. Finally, some thick leather was glued (I used contact cement) on the ends of the jaws to provide some extra grip and cushion.