Workbench overhead camera boom made from PVC

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It looks like [Dino] is getting settled into his new digs, and while the moving process has kept him pretty busy, he’s slowly but surely getting his workshop area set up. One thing that he really wanted from his new bench was a better way to record video, for both his Hack a Week series as well as broadcasting over Ustream.

He bought a nice little Hi-Def web cam for making videos and set out to build a camera boom for his bench. The boom is constructed mostly from PVC piping along with some other odds and ends for mounting. In the video below, he walks through the construction step by step, making it easy for anyone to follow along and build one of their own.

The boom looks like it works very well, and is a bargain at under $40. It articulates every which way giving him complete coverage of his workbench, and makes it easy to film whatever he’s working on – big or small.


  1. PJ Allen says:

    Dino, I’m sure this is only the beginning.
    [ Servos, motors, remote control, a "Dino-Jib" -- and maybe a lapel pin mic someday, too. (: ]

  2. Robert says:

    Lovvvve that soldering iron! Absolutely lovvvve it. Cool rig too :)

  3. remo says:

    Easy, cheap and solves a real problem.. on word: perfect! :)

  4. I made a similar contraption from a IKEA work desk lamp stand and that had the cost of about 10 dollars.

    here is the original lamp.

  5. psuedonymous says:

    With some concentric pipe and a twist-lock compression reducer fitting, you could make that long arm retractable.

  6. Dino says:

    I’ve modded this thing already. I didn’t like the overhead sliding coupler as it wanted to tip off axis too easy. Instead I’ve mounted it on a dual sliding closet door track with four rollers. I also mounted it toward the rear of the bench behind the overhead light. It works MUCH better now. I’ll post a video update later today. :)

  7. Alan Parekh says:

    Great hack Dino. That web cam has a great picture.

  8. Rich PDX says:

    Nice Job! I would love to see the mod using the closet door track. Is there a link?

  9. Alex says:

    i’d love to build mew one of these…

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