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.

Author: jalexartis

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5 thoughts on “Photography ~ Gear/Kit–Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 [DIY Shelf–Update], 12/31”

  1. Just checking it out…

    Since I have 4 coats of Tung oil on both sides. I will put the next 3 coats on the top-side only. I think it is adequately protected, particularly since I will wax it with Johnson’s Paste Wax. The collar and leggings are off for now. I’m applying silicon to the top and bottom to seal the collar in place.

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  2. Decided to put on the edging and the grommets in before putting on the last 2 coats of Tung oil and waxing the shelf. Since I am using silicon, there is some cleanup. Best to let it dry and then remove it. I think the oil will be an extra cleaner. In essence the final finishing, I hope, will polish the shelf. I wish silicon were less messy.

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    1. Coat #6: Cleaned up the wood and oiled both sides, looking to get the sheen back.

      Good that I worked with the silicon before I was finished; otherwise, I think I would have to apply additional Tung Oil. I hope to apply the final coat around 8:00 am EST.

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  3. At 2:45 PM EST, this is it–the 7th [and final, I hope] coat of Tung Oil. It is harder to get an even spread with things on the board. Have a smooth piece of wood and clean up the mess when finished or clean [which mars the finish] and then do a final coat. There is no easy way. I think the latter is best. Perfect would be wood with nothing on the surface. Anyway…

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