February 26, 2014
A $30 camera slider? No way!
You better believe it.
Here is a way to build a simple. effective, and wildly inexpensive camera slider in about an hour. This slider is simple to build with basic tools and has a weight capacity of 11lbs!
Step 1: Tools
Vise or clamp
1/4 20 tap
Another smaller tap, I used 2.5mm
And a saw.
You can you hand drills and saws but if you can use a drill press you will find drilling the small bits a lot easier.
Step 2: Supplies
You will also need 2 1/4 20 machine screws about 1/2 long plus a 1/4 or 3/8 machine screw to attach a tripod head or camera directly to the slider cart. Make sure these screws have a tapered as they need to be countersunk completely.
I used 8 3mm cap head screws that were 8mm long to attach the gliders to the cart. Whatever little screws you get for this you should also get a tap for that thread, you may be able to cut the thread with the screws them selves but a tap is only a couples of bucks and will work better.