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Old October 5th, 2007, 01:09 PM   #1
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My new DIY Shoulder Mount

Hello folks,

A couple of years ago, I made a should mount that was made of metal pipe. It worked okay but it was a tad heavy. So on the insistence of my co worker, I decided to take the plunge and build a new one out of aluminum.

The whole thing cost about $90.00 US. Here's what I used and where I got them.

1 piece @ $16.34/piece
Aluminum 6061-T6 Bare
Drawn Tube
0.625" x 0.125" x 0.375"
Cut to: 24"

1 piece @ $20.99/piece
Aluminum 6061-T6
Seamless Tube
0.875" x 0.125" x 0.625"
Cut to: 36"

total with shipping about $41.00

(6) Aluminum split shaft collars from Mcmasters & Carr = $32.00

4' of 3/8" Aluminum rod from Orchard supply hardware = $7.00

3 qtsf of foam padding from OSH = $3.50

1 can of Duplicolor MetalCast Blue "Anodized" spray paint = $7.00

1 can of Black Plasticoat from OSH = $7.00

(4) Aluminum electrical lugs to use as mounting brackets = free from work.

I was able to save money from by getting the aluminum sheets from work and cutting them down to size there. I also had my friend weld the pieces together at work. If I were to do it again, I would get a drill press and drill/tap the pieces together instead of welding them.

So after three weeks of using company time to put it together here's what I came up with. It took a lot of polishing to get the shine.

I just finished it last night, so I haven't had a chance to field test it yet. Let me know what you guys think.

James

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Old October 6th, 2007, 10:00 AM   #2
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nice job - I think you copied the Birns and Sawyer image2000 unit?

What camera are you using it with?
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Old October 8th, 2007, 10:10 AM   #3
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Hey Peter, Yeah the Image 2000 was my inspiration for it. I just couldn't justify the cost of a new one. We plan on using a DVX100b and an XL2 with it.
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Old October 8th, 2007, 02:31 PM   #4
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I use an image2000 with an XLH1 - works great. I dont have any use for the handles though. I'm thinking of making another one with just the shoulder rest and a fixed position tongue sticking out the front custom fit to the XLH1 and a quickrelease.

thanks for the hardware links - I'm always imagining things I want to build....
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Old October 17th, 2007, 08:29 PM   #5
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Very nice. I am also planning on making one. My idea is inspired by the Birns and Sawyer model, too. My version will probably be put together with drilling and tapping because I just learned how to (after breaking two taps!) and because I don't have any welding equipment. I like your tubular design for the hand grips, so I'll probably change my design to that. Love the blue anodized look, I couldn't even tell it was spray paint!

P.S.: My design is attached.
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Old October 19th, 2007, 12:28 PM   #6
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Ok here goes version 2. I bought myself a Craftsman powder coating gun and re-finished it. I also had to trim some off the shoulder piece to make it fit in the toaster oven. I also but a bend in the handles so that they flare out a bit. My friend is field testing it today on a shoot so I'm sure V 2.1a is right around the corner. Oh and the nut in the top is just keeping the mounting screw there so I don't loose it.

Let me know what you guys think.

James
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Old October 20th, 2007, 06:13 PM   #7
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Looks good from this distance. If you're married, I'm sure your wife appreciated you using the toaster oven, and not the big one in the kitchen.

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Old October 20th, 2007, 08:31 PM   #8
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finance, doesn't know about the powder coat gun and I made sure to buy my own toaster oven. The thought did cross my mind to use the house one, but I really don't want to tempt fate. Plus I'd have to bake like five cakes just to cover the smell.

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Old October 20th, 2007, 08:36 PM   #9
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So, I have to ask: how much was the powder coat gun? It sounds like something I should own.

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Old October 20th, 2007, 08:42 PM   #10
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I got it at a flea market for $60.00. It came with a half bag of satin black and a bag of red.

I was about to get one off of Ebay, but was out bid. I've seen them go for about 90.00 there. The toaster oven I got for 25.00 after my 20% off coupon from Beds, Bath and Beyond.
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