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I know there's a ton of of P-mounts on this site so do we need another? Well maybe. While I did liberally copy from designs I've seen here and elsewhere I also incorporated one little wrinkle that I hadn't seen anywhere else.
I was looking for a simple way to attach the binocs and most designs were fairly complex with a variety of wood and metal swivels and rotation parts that required some decent woodworking skills. Then I took a look at my TV and realized there was a cheap and ready made alternative. I picked up a $12 small flat screen TV mount (Amazon) and solved the problem. I got one that extends and also moves in 2 planes-- left / right and up and down. (Note some mounts don't allow "portrait" mode and you'll need it for binocular elevation control.)
I also didn't want to shop further than the big box store so I used 1x3 poplar (straight, no knots and cheap) and glue laminated them into 2x3's for the arms. All I needed now was a tripod. The designs I'd seen required a surveyor style ie big hole in center to accommodate a large nut and bolt to keep the base from tearing itself out. I had an old tripod with a 1/4 " screw on top so I installed a 1/4 T nut in the p mount base and screwed it on -- for about 3 seconds . It tore itself out and I was thinking new tripod but then I saw a build by Gary Seronik that incorporated some wooden circles and dowels that transferred all the weight to the tripod legs. Ingenious design ! So here it is






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