Head Cam Video DIY

By Andy the stuff doer

Something that’s been brewing in the back of mind for while. Videoing the Stuff I Do as I’m doing it.

An old motor bike helmet with the head of a tripod bolted on and hey presto, my DIY Headcam. And it works, here’s the first test –  

DIY Head Cam Test

And the first How To video

I’ll need to get a bit slicker but it’s something to work on.

6 Responses to “Head Cam Video DIY”

  1. Hi Andy,

    That head cam is a great idea! I know how hard it is trying to photograph yourself working (without assistance) and I’ve often thought of trying to rig up a ‘parrot cam’ on my shoulder…!!

    What’s it like for comfort? It looks like it may be heavy. Does it affect your balance?

    I’ve not seen that router table before but I’m definitely having a sliding table on my next one!! Is it something you built yourself?

    If you’re planning to do a lot of tenonning like this in future, you may want to invest in a Tenon Cutter from Wealden Tools. You’d probably have to enlarge that hole in your table to take the cutter but, for the results, the cost really is worth it. You wouldn’t have to scribe each shoulder line, either, as it cuts beautifully clean lines. Only question would be whether you are able to raise the cutter high enough out of the table, as they’re not quite as long as straight cutters.

    Looking forward to part two!

    Olly. :)

  2. I’ll have to post a picy of the head cam. Once I fitted a counter weight I was OK for balance and I don’t find it too heavy. It is taking some getting used to using, pointing my whole head in the right direction rather than just my eyes. Then talking at the same time, remebering what things are called is weird, the outakes are adding up.

    The router table is a record power, some of it is great but some details let it down, for the price I was hoping for better overall. Somewhere down on the list is for review of the all the toys.

    I’ll have a look tenon cutter. At the moment I’m making do with a starter set of 15 trend bits. (I dare say the slope will get oiled at some point)

    Part 2 is underway, but I’ve got to write up and post part 1 properly first. I’ve just got some proper work on so things have slowed a little. hmm slope oil!


  3. Hi Andy,

    I learned a lot from the videos .
    Can you tell me where to get the square drill or does it have a diverrent name.
    I am planning to make my own door to just bought a sawtable and router table.
    What i missed in the video is how you evend the surface from the pannels after glueing them.

    Further a great diy

    Thanks for the efford

  4. Hi Andre, It’s good to hear you found the videos informative.
    The square drill is a “Mortising Machine” google will point you in the right direction.
    To Flatten (even the surface of) the panels after glueing: It does depend on how uneven they are, if the joint is acurate it should only need a little light sanding, if not quite so good then then a belt sander or hand plane, if its quite bad then I would use the top of my part of planer surfacer/jointer (although it should be easy enough with a hand plane). You could also use your router table if you set the panel on blocks to get an even height then pass it over a flat bit, a light sanding will then finish it off.
    Hope this helps
    All the Best

  5. Hola, mi nombre es Horacio y vivo en Chile en una comuna llamada Quintero, soy una persona que esta escurcionando el mundo de la carpintería profesional, tu trabajo me parece excelente y me ha ayudado mucho para realizar algunos trabajos, por ahora es una entretención, quisiera mantener esta comunicación y poder solicitarte tu ayuda.

  6. Hola Horacio, Gracias por tu comentario. Publique cualquier pregunta que usted pueda tener aquí y voy a tratar de responder.

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