Shoulder Mount v1.1

Today I finished some upgrades to my first attempt at a shoulder mount.  This new version includes separate rail-mounted hand-grips (thanks to some mt biker who left his bar-ends in my basement). The grips can be adjusted on the rails, or turned on the rod they are attached to.  They are extremely light weight.

The mount sits on the shoulder, and is adjustable for length, but not height.  It attaches to the rail mount under the camera with a simple wing nut, and can be removed easily, though as you can see in the photos, you can leave it on while it’s on the tripod, and it works fine.  Nearly all parts of this mount are recycled.  The large square pieces of aluminum are cut-offs from my stalled steadicam project.  The tubes are from an old tripod.  The shoulder ‘pad’ is a piece of the old foot rest in my Eskimo Salto kayak may she R.I.P.

Shock mount for boom pole

Shock Mount adaptor

So I finally made the first usefull thing with my new machining skills and tools.  My good friend Aaron sent me a boom pole that he got free for some reason, and finally got around to making an adjustable adaptor to mount my DIY shock-mount on the pole.  The shock mount is 4″ ABS pipe, cut off in the middle, and some elastic shock cord from an old pair of pants.  

The top of the boom pole has a 5/8″ threaded rod poking out of it, so I machined up some 1/2″ aluminum, added a thingy to adjust the angle of the shock mount, and voilla!  I actually made something usefull!  Probably not going to get it anodized, since it’s not exactly fine craftsmanship.  It works though.