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Turn an IKEA PELLO Chair into a Steady Cam Shoulder Rig

If you’re looking for a clever way to stabilize your camcorder or video-capable DSLR, this chair arm to Steady Cam brace build is for you.

Although IKEAHacker reader Joost van der Wiel used a PELLO chair from IKEA, really the arm off any bent-wood style chair would work. You could even build it from scrap wood if you weren’t hung up on having a perfect steam-bent curve on the shoulder rest.

Hit up the link below for more pics. His submission to IKEAHacker is a little light on details but the photos are clear and the build is essentially just a shoulder stock with a cross brace. The most complicated part of the build is the follow-focus he made for his DSLR lens using a dowel rod and even that is pretty clear in the photos.

PELLO Camera Shoulder Mount/Rig [IKEAHacker]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/18/11

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