How To Make a GoPod

A GoPod is something that can make taking pictures with your tripod much easier. It is basically a tripod that has wheels at the bottom to allow you to move around much easier. This will help to reduce the amount of time and effort you put into moving your tripod around. Making one yourself is very easy to do.

Materials Needed

  • 3 Long Wood Screws
  • 12 Short Wood Screws
  • Six Washers 1" in Diameter
  • Construction Adhesive
  • Plywood 6 Pieces
  • Three Locking Wheels
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Drill Bits

Step 1: Calculate

The first thing that you will need to do is to calculate the length and the width your plywood will need to be. You will need to do this by measuring the distance between the legs and determining how thick the wood should be. Typically, three inches is as wide as you will need to go for this project. Make sure that you are able to make these measurements accurately and carefully, as this will prevent you from having to make several trips to the hardware store.

Step 2: Prepare Wood

Since the plywood is the biggest part of your GoPod, you will need to get it prepared first. Do this by putting it in the shape of a triangle. The bottom part of your triangle will need to stick out, as will one of the top corners. This will allow for your tripod to be able to rest each leg onto a piece of your wood. You will need to get your construction adhesive out for this part. Make sure that the tripod will be able to set securely on this base by setting it up on the ground and holding your tripod over it. This will give an idea of how they should lay. Once you know how you need them to go, simply get your adhesive and long screws and get to work.

Step 3: Wheels

The wheels are next on this project. They should be at the ends of your plywood. To get a good idea of where they should be, once again, set up your tripod above the base. You want the wheels to go slightly beyond where the legs of the tripod are. This will help with balance and the moving ability of your tripod. You will need to get your short screws out to use for the wheels. Make sure that the wheels are securely fastened onto the wood before you move onto the next step.

Step 4: Washers

When you have your base about ready to go, you will need to get three different holes drilled into each of the legs. The legs themselves will need to be roughly an inch and a half from the end of the legs. It will also need to be about the depth of your washers. Using your adhesive once again, simply glue each of these to the foot of the tripod. Once you have done this, set it off to the side so that it will have time to dry. Once it has dried, it is ready for use.


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