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Build a Camera Stabilizer Grip

Getting a stable shot while recording can be quite nerve wracking, using this stabilizer you can get a quite leveled recording. This article shows a step by step guide on building your own stabilizer.

Materials 

Aluminium channel 

Wood block

Pop rivet 

Bolts 

Spray polyurethane

Step 1

For the first step you will need an aluminium channel. Lay the channel on a flat surface and place your camera next to it. 

You will then have to measure the length of the channel that will be needed for building the stabilizer. To measure the length, you will have to place both your hands on the channels at a distance, place them in a way that makes holding the camera comfortable. Mark the length and then cut out the excess material. 

The aluminium channel can be cut with the help of any woodworking mechanisms and does not need special tools. 

Step 2

Next, you will now need to make the handles for the stabilizer. For this you can use a block of wood. Once you have your wood ready, you will need to cut them into smaller pieces, these pieces should be at a length you find comfortable holding as they will act as the handles. 

You will then need to place the block of wood into a lathe machine and as it spins, you will have to carve it out to be a cylinder, this can be done manually too. 

Once you are satisfied with the outcome you can use a sandpaper to sand out the rough surface. Sanding also levels out any uneven part, giving you a uniformed finish. Once you are done you can square off the ends.  

Step 3

Drill holes for the handles. You will then need to draw a marking on the aluminium, you will need to draw two markings at either side of the aluminium channel for the handle and one at the centre for the camera to be mounted.

You then have to mount the camera on the aluminium channel, if your centre of gravity is a bit at the back then you will need to cut out a plate which will then be attached at the centre of the channel. You can attach it by applying glue on the aluminium channel and draw markings on either side of the plate. 

These markings are made so that you can drill holes into them, make sure that the holes are big enough for the pop rivet that will be inserted. Before you insert the pop rivet, you will need to make a hole at the back of the plate for the quarter-twenty bolt that will go through it. You then fix everything in place. 

You now need a circle of wood, you can use the wood that was cut off while making the handles. Place the wood onto the centre of the plate, over the hole drilled. You need to flatten one side of the circle. You need to drill a hole that is big enough to fit the bolt. Then with a forstner bit create an area to counter sync the bolt. One you have attached the bolt, you can mount the joby head of your camera. 

Step 4

Mounting the handles, once you have drilled the holes, you will have to drill out the bottom of the handles a bit that is smaller than the holes drilled on the channel. You then insert a screw through the aluminium and then fix the handles over it. You are now ready with the basic form of your stabilizer.  

Step 5

To make the stabilizer more usable, you will need to attach the remote to one of the handles. Mark a line on the handle where you want to attach the remote to. Take the remote apart and lay the top piece into the handle. With the help of a pencil trace the shape of the remote. You then have to carve out the traced space. Once you have carved everything out you can insert the remote into the areas. You then have to plug the remote wire to the camera 

You then have to spray the handles with some spray polyurethane. You can now mount everything back and you are done building your own camera stabilizer. 

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