Custom Monopod - DIY

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by RevBob, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    I made myself a new monopod this summer. I harvested a nice piece of maple early in the spring and let it dry in the heat of our garage (the sun really heats it up - no insulation). I cut the pole to length allowing for the height of a small Cullman ballhead that I already owned. I carved a face into the front - my first attempt at carving. Then I drilled into the top and inserted a 1/4 20 bolt and glued it inplace with epoxy. I cut the head off of the bolt and filed the edges. I cut a circular piece of rubber, put a hole in the center and glued it down around the bolt to hold the base of the ballhead steady. I stained the face and used exterior poly on the whole staff. I drilled a hole for a leather card near the handgrip. The result:


    It's actually taller than this, but you get the idea.



    It makes a great walking stick and a fun monopod. :biggrin:
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  2. incabloc

    incabloc Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    Very resourceful and creative, Rev. I like how the monopod is going to bring a balance to the whole setup when a high tech camera is placed on it.
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  3. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    It's actually taller than this, but you get the idea. :rofl:

    Necessity is the mother of invention, great job. :2thumbs:
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  4. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    Nice job with the carving. Very creative.
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  5. arch stanton

    arch stanton Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2012
    Lovely. If Gandalf had a camera, this would be his support!
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  6. BarefootPilgrim

    BarefootPilgrim Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    Westchester, IL
    Love it, Bob! Talk about a spiffy DIY project... you da man!
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