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Old June 14th, 2008, 05:02 AM   #1
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Another DIY dolly

Here is a video and some pictures of my build.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_NzTRPLKDA

The thing did not cost that much, and i used 16 75mm rollerblades wheels with abec5 bearings.

Used regular standard aluminium plates and bent them for the wheel mount.

It rolls like a charm.

There is even more pictures of my DIY projects here

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...5&id=510063049
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Old June 14th, 2008, 06:38 AM   #2
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Do your rollerblade wheels work as well as skateboard wheels? I built a crap dolly following a faulty design, using a bunch of rollerblade wheels.

Also, how did you bend the metal that holds the wheels so precisely?
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Old June 15th, 2008, 05:54 AM   #3
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I have no trouble with my rollerblade wheels :)

they work smooooth.

I guess there are less contact between the pipe and the wheels with rollerbladewheels than with skateboardwheels, and since the diameter is bigger they have a smoother ride.

I bent the metal with a hammer and a workbench.
(my english sucks)
If you measure out where you want to bend the metal, and then thighten it in a bench, you can just use our bodyweight to bend it.
to even the edges out to a harder degree angle you just use a hammer and something hard to hold it against while you hit it.
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Old June 15th, 2008, 06:48 AM   #4
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Your English is fine. Better than some native speakers (just look around the internet).

Do you have any noise/squeak issues? My crap dolly rolls okay, but it makes noise, so basically no good on PVC pipe, for which it was meant. I may have tried it on metal, too. I don't recall.
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Old June 15th, 2008, 07:20 AM   #5
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mine doesnt make a sound at all.
hmm
what diameter is the pvc piping you use?

if the diameter is too thin the pipe gives in and gets squeezed.
i use 50mm with a thickness of 1.8mm

put up some pictures of it.
maybe i can help you
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Old June 15th, 2008, 07:42 AM   #6
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I appreciate that, but I went through this with the guys on this board 2 years ago when I built it---bad design, period. Basically, my wheels were inline like yours, but were parallel to each other, instead of at an angle (causing the squeak). I need to rebuild the wheel part to be like yours, or any common skateboard dolly design. That's all there is to it. I don't have a project right now that would make it worthwhile, but I might get to it someday.
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Old June 15th, 2008, 07:45 AM   #7
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I see :(
To bad then. But hey. You can always rebuild it.
Have a nice weekend
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Old June 15th, 2008, 07:51 AM   #8
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It is too bad.

Here's the original thread about it:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=78028

There are pics in the first post. You can kind of see how the wheels are arranged, though I didn't take closeups.

Maybe I can use the inline wheels I already have instead of spending $90 more on skateboard wheels.
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Old June 15th, 2008, 08:00 AM   #9
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If i where you i would reconstruct the holders for the wheels. Do it like i did or someone else that uses the same type construction.
The wheels can be reused : )
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Old June 15th, 2008, 08:17 AM   #10
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Exactly. I wonder if my wheels are too soft, though. How hard are yours? Do you know the rating?
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Old June 16th, 2008, 06:00 PM   #11
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i have no clue about the rating.
they are quite hard though.


here is my second shoot with the dolly

http://dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.ph...123#post894123
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Old June 17th, 2008, 04:18 AM   #12
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or the link directly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uxQTLxhv3E
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Old June 17th, 2008, 05:49 PM   #13
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I built a neat one - and I have a animated view of it moving here: http://www.tbcstudios.com/custom_shop.asp
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Old June 18th, 2008, 04:17 AM   #14
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Exactly. I wonder if my wheels are too soft, though. How hard are yours? Do you know the rating?
Hi Josh,

I would use a fairly low rating (high rating = very hard). I used 72A for my dolly.
The reason is that softer wheels will most likely be more forgiving when small bumps in the track are encountered.

Regards, Andre.
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Old June 18th, 2008, 04:31 AM   #15
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here is my second shoot with the dolly

http://dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.ph...123#post894123
Hi Vegard,

Great shots!
Your solution seems to be working very well.
I built a dolly very much like yours (http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=123388) and I also find that it moves very smooth and silent.

I was thinking of building something small like this http://www.trevswork.com/mo/ for use with a photo camera for creating those long slow moving time lapse recordings.
But your solution is pretty simple as it is, so I might try that first ;)

Best regards, Andre.
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