How to Make a Tripod Stand

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How to Make a Tripod Stand
Oak is a strong wood that is often used for tripod stands. ( Images)

Tripod hold canvases, paintings and pictures. They consist of three boards that lean towards each other and connect at the apex of the stand. At the apex, the boards are connected by a bolt that can be unscrewed by hand, allowing for easy dissemblance. The stand is prevented from opening up by a few chains that keep the legs from spreading too far apart. Tripod stands can be built in a matter of minutes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Protractor
  • 3 oak boards, 1-by-1-by-60-inches
  • Compound mitre saw
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 1/4-inch
  • 2 oak dowels, 1/4-by-3-inches
  • Bolt, 1/4-by-2 1/2-inch
  • Wing nut, 1/4-inch
  • 3 eye-hooks, 1/2-inch
  • 3 chains, 1/4-by-12-inches

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  1. 1

    Cut the ends of two 60-inch boards at a 32-degree angle. Only cut one end on each of the two boards and do not alter the original length.

  2. 2

    Lay the two boards with the angled cuts flat and at a 64-degree angle. The angled cuts should be facing each other, parallel and spaced 1 inches apart. Lay the last 60-inch board between the cuts so the ends are flush. Drill a 1/4-inch hole through the three boards 1 inch away from the ends. Insert the bolt through the hole and tighten the wing nut around the bolt.

  3. 3

    Drill a 1/2-inch-deep, 1/4-inch-diameter hole 30 inches away from either end of the two boards that have the angled cuts. With the tripod frame laying flat, these holes should be perpendicular to the ground. Insert a dowel into each hole.

  4. 4

    Screw an eye-hook into the 30-inch centre of the uncut 60-inch board so it is perpendicular to the ground. Screw another eye-hook into the 30-inch centre of each cut 60-inch boards so they are parallel with the ground and pointing towards the centre 60-inch board. Screw them into the dowels.

  5. 5

    Stand the tripod up so it is resting on the three uncut ends. Spread the uncut 60-inch board away from the dowels on the other two boards and attach the three chains to the eye-hooks. The chains will keep the stand in a sturdy, upright position.

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