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Old January 28th, 2007, 06:28 PM   #1
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$3.25 DIY Snoot

I looked at getting a snoot for an Altman 300-L, while I will usually pay the freight for a quality item $80 was a bit much for some sheet metal.

This is my first attempt at tin knocking so I learned a lot the next one will be better.

First I needed to redesign the concept of the snoot to fit my abilities and available materials. I decided on a rectangular five side box to be held in place by the barndoors.
For the 300-L it worked out to be 6”x 8” in size I decided on 1” sides. I bought a piece of 22ga. mild steel 8”x 24” for $6.50 out of this I can get two snoots. I cut an 8” x 10” piece out of the stock and marked 1” lines along the sides. On the short sides I cut along the lines from the end to the intersecting line. Bending the short sides first then the long sides allowed the corner to form, after a little tin knocking I drilled a 1 7/8” hole in the center.
That’s my $3.25 snoot. Later I will rivet the corners to make it permanent.

Bill
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Old January 28th, 2007, 11:04 PM   #2
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Necessity is the mother of invention! :)
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Old January 29th, 2007, 08:09 AM   #3
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Necessity is the mother of invention! :)
My thoughts exactly. :-)
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Old January 29th, 2007, 02:15 PM   #4
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Why not try and copy an actual snoot?

(Or a "top hat" as they were called back in the day). Mine slides into the gel frame carrier; they're a flat piece of sheet with a tube attached, so the flat end is against your light and the tube sticks out. Could be a lot easier to do?

(I didn't make mine, but man, looks like a sheet of metal and some stovepipe would do...)
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Old January 29th, 2007, 02:36 PM   #5
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Simply becuse it was easier and produced the same effect.

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Old February 1st, 2007, 07:43 PM   #6
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For my 6" frensels I took a large coffee can and pop riveted onto a square of sheet steel from home depot. Spray painted it black. $5 and 30 minutes later I had a snoot. You do have to curl the edges of the sheet steel a bit so it fits in the gel holder of the light snuggly.
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Old February 2nd, 2007, 06:36 PM   #7
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Another good idea, it takes about 10 minutes for me to make one of these.
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hey it works right ?
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