Building a Slider Camera Dolly

A slider camera dolly is a great tool to have for your video projects. It allows you to have some subtle and smooth camera movement, without needing to use a regular dolly system. You would want to use this instead of a dolly because dollies take time to set up, require a lot of space, and need a larger crew to operate. With a slider, it can easily be moved and it's controlled by the camera operator. Sliders can be expensive to own and rent. Fortunately, you can build your own.

What You'll Need

  • One 24" heavy duty drawer slider
  • Two 24" long 1/2" by 4" oak boards (base sides)
  • One 24" long 1/2" by 6" oak board (base bottom)
  • One wooden board cut to 8" by 6" (top)
  • Two 8" long 1/2" by 3" boards (top sides)
  • 1 1/2" dry wall screws
  • a drill for assembly

Step 1: Assembling the Base

Attach the drawer slider parts to the base sides. You want to put the drawer slider as close to the top as possible. Then place the two base sides on top of the base with the drawer slider facing the inside. Use two screws to drill this into place.

Step 2: Assembling the Top

Attach the other parts of the drawer slide to the top sides. Make sure to leave about 1/4" between the top of the side and the top of the drawer so that the top and base don't rub against each other. Measure how much space will be between the two sides and drill the top and the top sides together. Then, drill a hole in the center of the top for the tripod head to connect to.

You now have a slider camera dolly.