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Making a wooden tripod for my classic telescopes.

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#101 Garyth64

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 08:11 PM

Well, I can add more:

 

I believe I posted this next tripod before in its own thread.  After the Maple and Poplar tripods, I made an Oak tripod.

I had a large piece of Oak that was 1-3/8" thick and 56" long.  I cut 6 pieces, each 7/8".  I varied from my first two tripods, and made this one like a crutch.  I still used a solid eyepiece tray.

 

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This tripod was used with an old Edmund mount.

 

It was easier to make than the first two.


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 08:22 PM

Recently, I showed a picture of my Meade 395 on an old Meade Starfinder mount.

 

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That Oak tripod was used for this setup.


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 08:25 PM

Beautiful tripods Gary!


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 08:26 PM

Liking the crutch style that I had made, I decided a needed a better tripod for my 7TE-5 mount.  So I made a 4th tripod.

 

This one is also out of Oak.  6 sections, 3/4" x 1-1/2" x 60".

 

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I like all these designs like mine and many others.  They provide a very stable platform.


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 08:39 PM

Gary 

 

 Love the crutch style tripod   very nice tripods

    nice tapering     it is tapered right?

     How do the tray supports meet under the tray or do they?


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 09:01 PM

The crutch is tapered only because it is joined together at the bottom with a bolt,  then spreads out for the eyepiece tray, and then a little more when it meets the hub.

I like the crutch-style too.

 

If you look back to #57 you can see the bottom of  an eyepiece tray.  Those 3 sections of wood stick thru the tripod legs.

 

On my first two mounts, the tray rested on a lower section of the tripod.  There is a bolt to hold it firmly in place.

 

In the crutch-style tripods, the tray rests on a bolt that goes thru the two sections of a leg.  A bolt can be tightened to secure the tray.  There is also a lot of tension there, and if not careful, it can bite a finger or two. (ask me how I know that lol.gif )

 

Now with these 4 wood tripods that can carry most of my scopes, I no longer use the 3 steel piers that I have.  They are just in the way in the garage, and I will probably sell them off.  (hint, hint, hint)


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 09:37 PM

Great reboot, Barry.  I’m still thinkin’ about a tripod for the Sears refractor.  I really like Walter A’s design with a slit in the adjustable leg and bicycle skewers:

 

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Perhaps when things cool down here...too sweaty to work in the garage right now.

 

 

 

 


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Posted 17 September 2020 - 05:02 AM

Thanks Pete but I cant take credit for the slit design as I copied it from a mizar tripod. Btw those slits are a pita to cut if you dont have the right length router bit.


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Posted 17 September 2020 - 08:18 AM

I might need to try something like this for my latest acquisition. The tripod legs are severely warped. After stripping them, I soaked them in hot water then left them to dry clamped flat but it only helped a little.



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Posted 17 September 2020 - 05:51 PM

Thanks Pete but I cant take credit for the slit design as I copied it from a mizar tripod. Btw those slits are a pita to cut if you dont have the right length router bit.

Walter, I don't have the tools to cut an accurate slit, so I was planning to make the leg out of three pieces of lumber, two 1/2" or 3/4" boards fastened together with a 1/4" board in-between as a top and bottom spacer to form the gap.  



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 06:51 AM

Pete that should work nicely.




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