Step by step

Sky at Night Magazine - - HOW TO…BUILD A TRIPOD -

Step 1

Af­ter care­fully mark­ing out the parts, use a saw to cut them to size. You can use the down­load­able tem­plates at https://bit. ly/2AQy5fF to help you get the an­gles right. If you have ac­cess to a chop saw you could save some time here. Check the sim­i­lar pieces match.

Step 2

Drill the 10mm holes in one ex­am­ple of each part. Use this to trans­fer mark­ings to the cor­re­spond­ing parts. You can line up the parts with the ‘mas­ter’ on top, then put a bolt in the hole and strike it with a ham­mer, dent­ing the one below.

Step 3

Once all the tim­ber is cut, sand any rough edges and check it all fits to­gether. If the holes are tight you can ‘wag­gle’ the drill or re-drill them us­ing a 10.5mm bit. Now is a good time to paint the wood with preser­va­tive stain.

Step 4

Bolt the three tri­an­gu­lar leg frames to­gether. Each short ‘foot’ sec­tion should be fixed be­tween the two leg struts with long wood­screws once you have aligned the other el­e­ments. Fix a pair of hinges to each frame, then join all three frames to form the tri­pod.

Step 5

Mark out the ply­wood hexagons. Drill a cen­tre hole in each and a se­cond hole near to one cor­ner, then use small bolts or dow­els to hold the lay­ers to­gether be­fore cut­ting – this en­sures replica shapes. Screw one fixed top plate to the tri­pod and add ply­wood lips.

Step 6

Mea­sure your mount. Cut a suitable hole in a re­mov­able top plate. Glue a block of hard­wood or sim­i­lar into a notch to form a pin for the align­ment screws. Screw a se­cond thin layer of ply (with a cen­tral hole for the fix­ing screw) to the un­der­side.

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