DIY PVC Skater dolly (Table Dolly)

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    Construction instructions of DIY Photography:

    $12 in hardware store bits & pieces, 1 old skate from the basement and a tripod head borrowed from an old tripod. My Labor-day, afternoon, quick, DIY project. It doesn't look very pretty but it works well enough with anything from my tiny camcorder to my 5D.

    Some people asked what this kind of dolly can be usedf or - here's my first attempt: /

    If you want to see how this is constructed and you're familiar with Sketchup I put a model into the 3D Warehouse that you can examine:

    If you don't know Sketchup I am writing a "how to" for a popular DIY Photography website that will be available soon. In the meantime, here's a teaser construction diagram:

    Thank you to Make and blog for featuring this project:,

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    1. Will (Certified Ninja) 44 months ago | reply

      That is awesome! I'd love to see it in action using the video cam...

      Very cool idea.

    2. Rally Pix 44 months ago | reply

      Kleva Stuff M.......

    3. busy.pochi 44 months ago | reply

      It *does* look very pretty indeed!!! Nicely done! You could sell this!
      Though, I'm not sure on the use... for traveling video shot one needs inflatable wheels (under-flatabled) otherwise every little ground irregularity will be visible.
      Do you have any example pictures/videos you shot using this?

    4. ania_odense 44 months ago | reply

      I'm also curious! Do you have any action pictures? And results?

      Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)

    5. the other Martin Taylor 44 months ago | reply

      Some people asked what this kind of dolly can be usedf or - here's my first attempt:

    6. AIKHA. 44 months ago | reply

      Congrats seen in explore x

    7. josemanuelerre 44 months ago | reply

      great picture!! Congrants on Explore!!

    8. the other Martin Taylor 44 months ago | reply

      Still working on the tutorial but created a blow up diagram of the construction:

    9. jwr94 44 months ago | reply

      we need a tutorial, it's amazing!

    10. KING★ SIZE™ [deleted] 44 months ago | reply

      wow!!! I want one!

    11. Swedishsam 44 months ago | reply

      Freakin sweet!

    12. Besser 44 months ago | reply

      Excellent idea. It should work good.

    13. Dmans4t4 44 months ago | reply

      Dude you are on


    14. ESEA Photo 44 months ago | reply

      Cool bananas! Is this why I habitually keep broken gadgets and stuff. My subconscious is telling me to hang onto things so I can build cool things like this.

    15. R o b e r t M 44 months ago | reply

      Because you know that if you throw them out, you'll find a use for them?

      I wonder if this will support a Panasonic 150.

    16. the other Martin Taylor 44 months ago | reply

      Robert: just make the body (top bar) a little longer by using a couple of short (4"?) lengths of pipe instead of the connectors and it will be even more stable - or scale the whole thing up to use 1" or greater components.

    17. Broken Toy Shop 42 months ago | reply

      That is really cool. Great idea.

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