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Old April 30th, 2007, 06:45 PM   #1
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Can someone point me to any rails diy tutorials?
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Old April 30th, 2007, 07:58 PM   #2
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I took 15mm aluminum rod and a die and threaded the ends of it, sandwiched 2 identical pieces of wood on either end with washers and bolts to hold it in place (perfect rectangle). I then made platforms for everything that goes on them and used small u-bolts to affix them to the rails:

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Old April 30th, 2007, 09:13 PM   #3
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i have a die/tap set. that'll work for the rods themselves. What did you use to interface rods to camera platform?

Once it's all painted black I guess it won't matter if components are aluminum, wood, or carbon fiber.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 10:30 AM   #4
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1/4"-20 thread with a wingnut

to attach to the tripod, I took the hexagonal mounting doohicky from my bogen head and screwed it to another board with u-bolts which then interfaces with the rails.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 03:08 PM   #5
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U-bolts idea is pretty clever. I did a quick search yesterday on McMaster-Carr and misumiusa for Shaft Collars.
Found this widget, a collar with clamp lever.. maybe a quick release.
https://fa.misumiusa.com/gwos/catalo...ODUCT_ID=10132

No price, need to register first :(
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