Build a Camera Slider from a Desk Drawer Rail

By Jason Fitzpatrick on December 6th, 2011

If you’re looking for a quick and cheap way to improvise a camera dolly, this clever tutorial shows you how to use a common drawer rail to build a smooth-sliding camera glider.

Commercial rail sliders start at $100 and easily climb into the $300+ range for longer/sturdier models. If you’d like to play around with sliding effects but you’re not interested in shelling out a car payment for camera slider, this DIY guide will help you turn a standard drawer rail (available at any home improvement store) into a simple camera slider.

Slip and Slide iPhone Slider [via DIY Photography]

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 12/6/11
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