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Old August 5th, 2003, 01:14 AM   #31
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Axel?

After reading this very informative thread, I decided to buy the parts to build the dolly...however can someone tell me what type of screw/bolt "axel" I need to connect the wheel bearing to the metal mounting plate? (anything will help...size, model number..etc..I assume I can just use a certain type of nut/bolt combo for this)

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Old August 5th, 2003, 10:52 AM   #32
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Here's what I did:

First, I went over to the local skating rink and offerred to buy 8 used wheels and bearings. They were nice enough to donate all eight wheels and bearings. (Thank you Skatetown).

Then, I went to Home Depot and bought some bolts that fit perfectly into the bearings opening. Then, I bought some standard metal L-Rod, or whatever you want to call it. Basically, it was a 10" long piece of metal that was bent long-wise so that each side was about 2" in wide.

I then cut that into four separate pieces (one for each corner). Then, I drilled holes for the wheels. I needed some spacers for the wheels, because they were too close to the L-bracket. I just used some hollow piping for that.

I don't have any pictures of it, but you can see it an action here:

http://www.toppup.com/treasure/pre/sample_big.wmv

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Old August 5th, 2003, 11:52 AM   #33
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Thanks Russell...yah I pretty much have everything I need (the L-brackets, etc) I just wanted to see if anyone had exact measurements for the bolts that go into the bearings so that I don't have to hunt for them. No biggie though. That was only thing I'm was even remotely concerned about (the rest is very easy)

Oh, thanks for the video as well - I REALLY liked the dolly shot at the end where you fade to different passes of the couch. Very well done. The only shot that I thought was a little bit weird (if I may be so bold) was the POV shot. It looked like it was on a tripod and not quite in the right position (probably a handheld shot would have been more effective..?)
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Old August 5th, 2003, 11:58 AM   #34
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Thanks for the feedback on the video. You're right. The POV shot didn't work very well. I'm actually pulling it from the production. I'm shooting it a different way.

Hope the dolly works out. I was able to build mine in a couple of hours for about $40. I also bought a tripod base to mount to the dolly for better camera support.

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