Photography ~ Gear/Kit–Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 [DIY Shelf–Update], 12/31

Yes, I have been busy working two aspects of this DIY: 1) the “finishing” [stain & oil] of the tripod shelf; and 2) designing & building a waterproof shoulder to go from the SOLOSHOT3 to the ground–wood shelf [and anything thereon] protected.

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Nothing special about these iPhone photographs, except they document DIY progress over the last 2 days. My focus is two-fold: 1) the have a functional utility shelf that supports suspended weight to stabilize tripod if needed and that looks good; and, 2) to protect it and the tripod from precipitation and look good too.

My build is based on the premise that the SOLOSHOT3 Raincover has a bottom opening large enough to fit around the top of the collar [former safety cone]–approximately 7-inches. I think it does!

I am pleased with what I have accomplished in the last 36 hours or so. My plan is to apply 3 more coats of Tung Oil and complete the project sometime tomorrow, 10/01/2017.

Photography ~ Gear/Kit–Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 [DIY Shelf–Applying Stain], 12/29 & 12/30

Stain has been applied.

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I changed my mind on the type of finish for the tripod tray. I’ll use an orangish stain–Colonial Maple 223 by MinWax. We are keeping the grain versus covering it with orange paint. The picture to the right was taken this morning at 4:30 AM EST after the first coat of stain had dried.

I will apply one more coat of stain [because that is all I have] and then several coats of Tung Oil–The first at 9:30 PM Friday night, 12/30.

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The second coat of stain makes the wood is slightly darker and perhaps “richer.” Of course lighting and camera position are factors, as well. Subsequent coats of Tung Oil should make the completed shelf more beautiful. I plan to wait 24-hours after each coat before applying the next. I have no reason to work faster. Again, stay tuned.

Photography ~ Gear/Kit–Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 [DIY Shelf–Build Complete], 12/29 @ 4:00 PM EST

Okay, Holes are cut, hooks & rings are in place, even a bag to drop thinks in.

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My red lens flashlight [a gift from the Artis Family] even has a place.  The grommets give the holes a more professional look. They have covers as well. I’ll have to find two 1″ grommets for the 2 bare holes. The bag for lens caps and other miscellaneous items.

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Next is final sanding, painting, and trimming [trim due 12/31]. I’ll place o-rings beneath the shelf around the grommets.

Photography ~ Gear/Kit–Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 [DIY Shelf–Evolving], 12/29 @ 6:00 AM EST

The 2 triangles are glued together & the eyelet for weight is in place.

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img_4860-cr2I have ordered a PVC/Aluminum Edge Trim that I think will give it a professional finished look. It is to arrive Saturday, 12/31. Later today I plan to cut several holes [using hole saws] and place grommets in most of them. 

Tonight, I plan to sand the shelf more and then prime it for painting. The 1st coat of paint [Marine Orange] may even be possible.

Stay tuned.