DIY Spider Trax Dolly

Posted on January 21, 2011 by Chris Duke
[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/13696165[/vimeo]

Seems simple enough. I just need to find a cheese plate “lying around”! You can buy one for $140 (if they ever get them back in stock), but this seems cheap and easy to build.

To save you some time, here’s what he bought to make it:

Glidecam Camera Weight Plate: $15 from B&H
Skateboard: $20 from Target
Wheel upgrade kit: $10 from Target

Then just use any old tripod head, grab 2 carriage bolts with some washers and wingnuts to hold the skateboard wheels on. You can buy them elsewhere, or even cheaper by going to Target and building your own cheese plate. But even with this basic setup you can build one for around $50. Not bad!

Here’s another, cheaper, option:

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/12341006[/vimeo]

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