How to Build a Photo Copy Stand

Written by james wiley
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Photo copy stands are used in many places of business--especially in laboratories. Photo copy stands are very convenient, especially for forensic scientists who are in charge of taking pictures at crime scenes and taking them back to the lab for analysis. Purchasing your own photo copy stand is expensive, and these stands are often bulky and difficult to transport--not ideal features for working at crime scenes. Not only can you build your own photo copy stand, which saves a good deal of money, but the homemade model is very portable and easy to carry around and all the parts can be purchased at a local hardware store.

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Things you need

  • 3/4-inch PVC pipe 6-foot length
  • 1-inch PVC pipe 6-inch length
  • 3/4-inch PVC "T" connectors
  • 3/4-inch PVC 90 degree elbows
  • 3/4-inch PVC end caps
  • 1-inch PVC "T" with 3/4-inch out
  • PVC pipe cleaner
  • PVC pipe cement
  • Epoxy
  • PVC pipe cutter
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Small brush
  • Rag
  • 1/2-inch x 3/4-inch bolts
  • 1/2-inch x 3/4-inch PVC pipe spacers

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  1. 1

    Use the pipe cutter to slice the 6-foot section of 3/4-inch PVC pipe into two 7-inch pieces, two 11.5-inch pieces, one 24-inch piece, and one 3-inch piece.

  2. 2

    Cut the 6-inch section of the 1-inch PVC pipe into two pieces at .5-inch for spacers. File down the spacers with the sandpaper, which will make it easier for them to easily fit over a standard camera shaft.

  3. 3

    Drill a 1/4-inch hole in the centre of an end cap, on the back side of the "T" connector, and along the shaft which will later be attached to the camera mount.

  4. 4

    Use the PVC cleaner (by applying with a small brush) on the ends of each 7-inch piece of 3/4-inch PVC pipe, one end of each 11.5-inch piece of PVC pipe, inside the 3/4-inch PVC end caps, inside both ends of the 3/4-inch PVC "T" connectors and inside one end of each 3/4-inch PVC 90 degree elbow. Wipe all the parts with a rag to clean off excess cleaner.

  5. 5

    Put these pieces together to form the base, making sure the elbows and end caps are on either side. When assembled correctly, the base should look like the letter "C." The caps should go on each end of the base.

  6. 6

    Clean the 1-inch PVC "T" with 3/4-inch out, the 1/4-inch x 1/2-inch bolt, the 3/4-inch PVC end caps, the 24-inch x 3/4-inch PVC pipe, and the 1/2-inch x 3/4-inch PVC pipe spacers with the PVC cleaner. Put together the camera mount and shaft, which will look like a long tube with the camera mount protruding off of it. The shaft and camera mount will be connected to the centre of the base.

  7. 7

    Consult the assembly diagram at Csigizmos before gluing the stand together with PVC cement.

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