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Old June 19th, 2002, 09:45 AM   #1
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Cheap and easy shoulder rest

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I built this from some aluminum and steel bar stock I got from Lowes and a Bogen tripod thumb screw i found at my local camera shop. Cost about $20 total, 2 hours to build and it very strong and lightweight. All I need to do now is find some neoprene to pad it with, I was thinking an old mouse pad would do the trick!

the parts list if anyone wants to know:
1-1/2" x 1/8" aluminum bar stock
1/2" x 1/8" steel bar stock
(3) 6-32 x 1/2" pan head screws
(3) 6-32 t-nuts found in those little speciality hardware drawers at Lowes
(3) rubber washers for the t-nuts
(1) Bogen 1/4" thumb screw (which came off a little adapter plate that cost $9)
(4) rubber non-skid feet

thats it... and some time bending the metal which I did with my hands and a pair of pliers. Just be careful with the measurements, I just kept tweaking the angles till they fit well.

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Old June 19th, 2002, 11:28 AM   #2
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"All I need to do now is find some neoprene to pad it with"
You can contact one of the foam vendors (search on the web), and if they do not sell a small piece to you, ask for a sample with adhesive backing, and cut to your size with a knife.
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Old June 19th, 2002, 11:59 AM   #3
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Thank you for the cheap and easy shoulder rest .
is excelent !!

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Old June 20th, 2002, 09:15 PM   #4
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You just have to make sure that the 1/4" that threads into the bottom of the camera doesnt extent too far into the camera base. The owners manual says this can damage the camera.

I made a similar shoulder rest. My wife was kind enough to sew a slip on black fabric cover that fastens with velcro. It is padded with foam and soft plastic packing material.

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