Vol. 01: $14 Video Camera Stabilizer

You don't have $10,000 to spend on a Steadicam? Make this ultra-low-cost video camera stabilizer and see how much better your video shots turn out.

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Most of the tools and materials are readily available at your local hardware and plumbing store, but you may have to go to Home Depot or Lowe's.

Qty Item Comments
1 Weight A simple barbell weight with a 1-1/4" diameter hole, any weight up to 5lbs. (Anything heavier is too hard to carry around.) Can be bought at your local sports store or online at BigFitness.com.
3 Pipes I like to use 1/2" diameter galvanized steel that's threaded at the ends.
3 End caps Make sure they fit the pipes!
1 T-joint Again, don't forget to make sure they fit the pipes.
2 Machine nuts 1/4"
2 Machine bolts 1-1/2" long to fit 1/4" nuts.
3 Flange washers 1-1/2" diameter for 1/4" bolts
1 Wing nut 1/4"
3 Lock Washers For the 1/4" bolts
1 1/4" drill bit Must go through galvanized steel
1 Electric Drill
1 Pliers
1 Screwdriver
1 Hammer
1 Stationary vise Optional, but highly recommended. It's meant to be table mounted, but I just bolted it to a big board that I can stand on while I use it.

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