Making a C Stand for 10 Dollars

The C Stand or Century Stand is one of the most necessary tools you will need in your photography. Whether you have gone pro or are merely starting out, no piece of lighting equipment will survive without your C Stand. For those who do not wish to blow over 10 dollars for a C Stand, here’s how you can make your own:

Step 1: Gather the Materials

It will be best if you already have a little construction or building know-how. Find the following materials in your basement, or purchase them all a hardware store for less than 10 dollars:

  • 3/4 inch PVC pipe 
  • 1/2 inch PVC pipe
  • 2 3/4 tee junctions
  • 4 3/4 elbow junctions
  • 3 3/4 caps
  • 1 3/4 straight connector
  • 1 3/4 to 1/2 adapter
  • Drill tap 
  • Screw for the Drill tap

Step 2: Build the Stem for the Legs

Get your 3/4-inch pipe, and saw two pieces of 1 ½ inches each. Set aside an elbow and a tee junction. Next, you should get a small piece of the pipe you just sawed off, and attach it into the elbow. Attach the other end into a tee junction. The legs of your stand will attach here, so angle them equally at 120 degrees from each other.

Step 3: Attach the Legs

Get the remaining 3/4-inch PVC pipe and cut them accordingly: a 10-inch long, a 6-inch and a 4-inch. The remaining pipe you should cut into 3 8-inch parts.

Attach an 8-inch piece into the stem, and then attach an elbow at the other end. Place another pipe piece into the end of that elbow, and cap it off. Do the same with the three remaining slots of your stem, until you have a solid base.  

Step 4: Place the Stand

Place the rest of the 3/4-inch in the base. This will serve as your main stand.

Step 5: Assemble the Adapter

This is for adjusting the height of your stand. Stick the straight adapter into the 3/4 to 1/2 adapter. Drill a hole into the side, and screw the tapper into the hole. Make sure that it is wide enough for the 1/2-inch pipe to slide into. If not, just file it down.

Slide in the 1/2-inch PVC Pipe, and your 10 dollar C Stand is done.