Sometimes you want to add a 1/4″ threading to objects that don’t have threads. It makes sense. I mean, all the mounting gear is already built to support 1/4″ thread: Tripods, light stands, swivels…
This allows you, for example to position a flashlight on a swivel and have full control over it’s angle and direction. Or mount a point and shoot on a bicycle handle.
Photographer David Sr. Lapeer showed a smart way of doing this on the DIYP flickr threads:
It Takes Three Items
- Elevator Bolt, I like the short ones, but I cut them to the length I need.
- Wire wrap type Velcro. The kind that has hook on one side, loop on the opposite side.
- Coupling nut – for a male/female switch
5 Easy Steps
- Drill a 3/16″ hole in the velcro
- Thread the Elevator bolt through Velcro hole.
- The head of the Elv bolt will act as a platform and the velcro will secure it.
- You now have a Male thread, to make it a Female thread, use a Coupling nut
- Optional: Foamy glued to top of Elv bolt. Provides a little better stability and reduces slipping.