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zjc26138
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I made a Tripod Spreader for my Surveyor's Tripod.
      #5658537 - 02/02/13 05:17 PM Attachment (62 downloads)

I've wanted a tripod spreader for my surveyor's tripod for some time now. So I figured why not attempt to make my own. I found a similar discussion on CN and a link to CNer orlyandico (Orlando)'s homemade tripod spreader.

Here's a link to his setup: Here


So I built something similar to what he has. I used 1 1/2in door hinges and 1 1/2 in by 1/8 in thick steel for the actual spreader. I cut the pieces of steel at 10in length. After some cutting, drilling, cussing, figuring stuff out, and with help from my dad I have a new tripod spreader.

It works great and looks decent as well. Th next thing I'll do is add a wooden eyepiece tray to the spreader and bolts instead of screws where the hinges connect into the tripod.

Edited by zjc26138 (02/02/13 07:09 PM)


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zjc26138
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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5658538 - 02/02/13 05:17 PM Attachment (54 downloads)

Closer:

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zjc26138
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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5658539 - 02/02/13 05:17 PM Attachment (46 downloads)

Even Closer:

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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5658543 - 02/02/13 05:17 PM Attachment (45 downloads)

Even more closer:

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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5658746 - 02/02/13 07:15 PM

WOW, looks excellent!!! Good job.

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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: crazyqban]
      #5658761 - 02/02/13 07:22 PM

Thanks Sergio!

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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5659061 - 02/02/13 10:49 PM

wow looks better than mine

i have a bit of a problem with mine though, in that it won't fold properly; the bolts interfere. from your photos your bolts are much beefier and i suspect you have the same issue...

one difference i've noticed is that your steel spreader pieces are narrower than mine. hence they will resist side-to-side movement less effectively... which means, when you add the tripod spreader, your rigidity will increase by a huge amount.

make sure there is clearance in the tray for the bolts in the middle easiest solution is to have a circular hole in the middle of the spreader tray..


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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: orlyandico]
      #5659112 - 02/02/13 11:24 PM

Thanks! For 25.00 its pretty good.

Yep my legs won't fold up all they way either. Not to big of an issue until I need to put the tripod in my car.When that happens I'll loosen the bolts all the way, so the tripod can collapse.

Yeah I plan to mount the eyepiece tray with a bolt through the middle as well as bolts at the edges of the tray through the steel bars. I'll probably do this during the next week or so.


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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5659548 - 02/03/13 09:07 AM

Great job with readily available components. Thanks for sharing the idea and details. Same to Orly.....

Best

Paul


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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: Astronewb]
      #5659737 - 02/03/13 11:05 AM

Thanks Paul!

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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5659775 - 02/03/13 11:24 AM

If the bolts next to the legs were pointing up, it would close tighter....

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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: Bart]
      #5659853 - 02/03/13 12:00 PM

The steel bars fold up. What stops them from folding completely is the bolt heads hitting the tripod.

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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5660104 - 02/03/13 02:31 PM

I just cut out the eyepeice holder. It's 10im diameter. Should be able to hold two 2" eyepieces and two-three 1.25" eyepieces. Which is plenty as this is my grab and go mount and I usually bring 2-3 eyepeice with me.

Tomorrow I'll buy some bolts, make the cuts for the eyepieces, and stain the wood.


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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5661859 - 02/04/13 02:06 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

Almost done with the eyepiece holder. It's not perfect, but sure helps stiffen the spreader. I need to fill in a couple holes with wood filler, sand the entire thing, and then a couple coats of stain and will be ready to go.

Edited by zjc26138 (02/04/13 02:06 PM)


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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5662086 - 02/04/13 04:32 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

Eyepiece holder after many coats of stain. I still need to stain the bottom side. That will happen later tonight or tomorrow.

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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5662356 - 02/04/13 07:35 PM

How'd you handle the bolts sticking out of the middle of the metal spreader? there is a relieved area under the EP holder?

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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: orlyandico]
      #5662362 - 02/04/13 07:40 PM

There is no relieved area, though that is a good suggestion.
They rest on the wood with no problem as far as I can tell. If I notice any strain once the bolts holding the tray are locked down, then I'll adjust the tray. I'll make a relieved area like you suggested.


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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5662450 - 02/04/13 08:32 PM

without a relieved area, the tray is "sitting" on top of those bolts and so not flush against the metal strips. so it is less rigid than it could be...

I ended up with a similar solution on mine (plastic EP tray) so the rigidity is not ideal. I should look at making a plywood tray like yours as well, once I start using my tripod more.


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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: orlyandico]
      #5662463 - 02/04/13 08:42 PM

Yes you right. I might use my dremel and cut out an area for the bolts tomorrow.

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Re: Homemade Tripod Spreader for Surveyor's Tripod. new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5664364 - 02/05/13 09:40 PM Attachment (19 downloads)

Eyepiece holder after final coat of polyurethane.

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