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    Default Making a very simple, $30 dolly in under 30 mins (with video footages)

    Buy 3 of these "Swivel Caster - Gray Soft Rubber Wheel" - Model 3 = $30
    Two pieces of whatever wood = $??
    A few screws = $0.??

    1. Screw 2 pieces of wood (42" and 36", but the length is very flexible indeed) together perpendicularly.
    2. Drill holes at the end of the piece of wood and mount casters.
    3. Put a screw through the piece of wood above the wheels as shown if you want some wheel angle control.
    4. Put your tripod on it. Secure it with cable tie. Done!

    It can travel in a straight line or in a curve, somewhat.

    Video footage:
    [ame="http://www.vimeo.com/9039956"]"How to" video[/ame]
    [ame="http://vimeo.com/8168054"]Dolly shot sample 01[/ame]
    [ame="http://vimeo.com/9038402"]Dolly shot sample 02[/ame]

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    That's an excellent solution! I might have to try this for filming inside of my school considering how smooth the floors are.

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    very very nice ! setup and the footage was very good also.

    thanks for posting this.

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    I am glad that you like it.

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    For the price it's great!
    The only thing is that you can use it only on flat floor...compare to a real dolly. But for 30$, you get what you pay for!
    I DO IT BECAUSE I CAN. I CAN BECAUSE I WANT TO. I WANT TO BECAUSE YOU SAID I COULDN'T.

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    No you can use it on water too. Wood floats isn't it?
    Just make sure there's no ripples ....

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    Do you think you could possibly demonstrate how you did the part were you tie down the tripod?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuunami View Post
    Do you think you could possibly demonstrate how you did the part were you tie down the tripod?
    Agree'd. I just keep picturing my tripod falling off.

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