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.