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« Reply #30 on: March 24, 2004, 03:25:36 PM »
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« Reply #31 on: March 16, 2005, 11:15:01 AM »
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I'm going to be guying a US$60 Garden cart from a farm supply store.  Big pneumatic tires that I can slightly deflate.  I was looking at all the big toys and ttried to find a cheaper analog for them.  This seems to fit the bill.  Just add a barstool strapped to it, and you can plant a camera operator on it too.

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« Reply #32 on: March 22, 2005, 08:50:09 AM »
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Made this over the past weekend, I have another set of 8' track, working out the kinks, will be put to the test in April/May. So far, working fine.  So, just under 16' of track all together.






All in all, spent roughly $100, all parts from Home Depot.

*Note, in the CU of the track, one piece of wood missing, we had taken it off to cut the length down.

So far, testing baby powder to help the glide, sanding wood, greasing casters, and the grooves on the wood, with weight on the dolly, I'd say it's a success, also going to add an adjustable seat soon.
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« Reply #33 on: March 22, 2005, 12:05:59 PM »
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I like the design.  

I was thinking of a similar idea using drawer rollers, but extended lengths were hard to find in a hardware store.  And, obviously, more expensive than your idea.  Withstanding weight would also be a factor.

I know you said you've tested the glide with different styles of lubricants, but does the surface of the wheels when it rolls lead to a shake noticeable in the camera?  Even on a clean surface?

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« Reply #34 on: March 22, 2005, 12:20:52 PM »
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Camera test is pending, I'll report back as soon as I get it done.
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« Reply #35 on: June 27, 2005, 06:43:58 PM »
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http://www.dvcamerarigs.com/

I shelled out the 30 bucks for this and it is VERY VERY helpful, it has alot of inexpensive variations and specific tools to make with easy to find materials. I reccomend it if you are in need of dolly or steady cam or crane, etc, in the future

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« Reply #36 on: June 27, 2005, 06:47:14 PM »
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also infact if you know specifically what you want I could just scan the instructions and share (it's not stealing if you need it =P)

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« Reply #37 on: June 28, 2005, 09:29:43 AM »
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thanks.




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Re: Inexpensive Dolly Ideas
« Reply #39 on: September 24, 2007, 12:34:55 PM »
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i had an idea to use a bicycle, could be more for steady cam, but i think one could incorporate a dolly just as well...The idea is in the works(a couple years running), but pretty much, I'm having a buddy who is mechanic weld me some shit, and help with all the metal issues and pieces...

Gut out a mountain bike - remove the chain, cranks, pedals, and both sprockets etc.(may have to get an additional front tire, to throw on the back)

remove the seat, and what i initially did was made it to where the top of the seat post is the attachment for the tripod was...very quiet, very smooth cam movements, and sets you up for a track sort of as well

also, first i made an awesome crane, and i think if you substitute a crane instead of a regular straight bar, possibilities open

I'm sure this isn't an original idea, has anyone else heard of something similar, or possibly made one?



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