This is a track that I made for my spider trax dolly.
You can attach it to a tri-pod or K-pod and it can be made with simple tools like a few wrenches and a saw.
This is an addition to the Spider Trax Dolly that can be seen at Cheesycam.com
If you have any questions about the build, feel free to comment below.
I would like to give a special thanks to Jason Byfield for helping with the camera work while I was building
Just Basl Spider Trax Dolly Track
2 - 10' Struts
1 - Angle Gauge (aluminum)
1 - Flat Bar Steel
8 - 3/8" Hex Bolts
8 - Locking Nuts (these are coated on the threads with neoprine)
20 - Washers (I kind of go overboard on washers because I want to make sure I am getting a solid grab)
4 - Rubber Stoppers (for the track ends)
4 - Rubber Stoppers Wide Plugs for the feet of the track.
4 - Hex bolt screws (you will use these to attach the rubber stoppers to the track, you pre-drill the plugs and then ratchet them in place)
1 - can of black spray paint
1 - drop cloth (if necessary)
Extra Materials and Tools
Circular Saw with Metal Blade
3/8" wrench and ratchet
3/8" Metal Drill bit
Counter Sinking Drill Bit
Cordless Drill (Corded drill for more power)
Two or more Clamps
- Give the track plenty of time to dry before using or the wheels will stick. Putting two coats on will ensure your paint will withstand wear and tear
- Always be careful drill metal, back the drill off at the end. Drill bits always like to catch at the end and this can put a big strain on your wrist.
- The center bracket I used to attach directly to my Kessler Kpod, but you can easily use it to attach to a tripod quick plate, I would suggest a longer plate.
- I chose 7ft for my dimensions because I have a very sturdy tripod head. results may vary. If you know you are using a weaker tripod, you can change your track length. This could save you some money too, if you go with a 5ft track, you will just need to buy one strut bar.
- Make sure you feed all the washers in before you seal up the ends. If you use the wide washers that I did then they can only be fed in through the end of the strut.
- It is very important to use LOCKING NUTS and not just regular nuts to maintain a tight track.
- If shooting with DSLR's, using your IMAGE STABILIZING lenses are going to work a lot better than your prime lenses.
- Do a few test runs on your track all the way to ensure the Just Basl Spider Trax Dolly will stay in the rails before drilling and bolting.
- Always wear safety glasses!! Metal flakes fly all over the place, especially the aluminum.
- Once I work on the motor idea, I will send an update.
I am including links because if you have been to Home Depot as much as I have you learn a few things. Most people there do not know the whole store, so if you pull up pictures on your iPhone it really helps!
Flat Bar Steel
(this is a picture of one so you know what they look like, the inner coating is usual white)
Rubber bumper for end