Laser level tripod made from recycled parts

laser_level_tripod

[msuzuki777] is a self-proclaimed “Lazy Old Geek” with way too much free time on his hands. He recently picked up a laser cross and figured that he would use some of that time to make a laser tripod for various projects around the house.

He pulled out an old camera tripod, and modified an unused CD jewel case so that it could be screwed onto the traditional camera mount. He added three bolts to the platform, on which he mounted another CD case, letting him adjust both the laser platform as well as the tripod.

He put together a simple power supply for the laser, and then mounted it on a pair of CDs sandwiched on top of one another. The CD platform was then popped onto the guts of an old CD player, allowing him to spin his laser pointer in any direction without having to re-level it.

The laser cross tripod certainly looks a bit complicated, but [msuzuki777] says it works a treat, allowing him to easily hang pictures and the like. He also mentions that he wants to throw an Arduino at it to automate the leveling process, which is something we’d love to see.

Comments

  1. Whatnot says:

    He picked brittle thin acrylic? I’m sorry but that’s daft IMHO.

  2. MS3FGX says:

    Perhaps the most complex way to mount something to a tripod I have ever seen.

  3. jeditalian says:

    dealextreme for the laser cross. shlower maybe, but much cheaper.

  4. Troll_Dragon says:

    This is why it’s made the way it is. :)

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Bedroom-Office-Workspace/

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