I needed a tripod for my 1961 Questar so I assembled a "poor man's" tri-stand from parts I found. The bottom section came off of Ebay. The legs fold up and slide into the pier. I filled the bottom section of the legs with cement to make it much more stable. The wedge is an old Criterion unit that I bought for $5 as semi finished casting at the swap tables at Stellafane this Summer. I milled a slot in the mounting plate so I can plug the power cord in. It is painted with a couple of coats of gloss black Kyrlon. I'm pleased with how it came out. It is very steady and works well with my "Q".