Tho Bui writes:

I’ve been toying with homemade steadicams lately. The gimbal joint usually gives people a fit. The roundness of the acorn nut fits into the indentation of the opposite screw/nut and freely rotates.


DIY steadicam, version five

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Kije

    Nice ideas here!

    The write up says ” It will not be a tight fit like a true gimbal joint” … whereas that is true, perhaps fitting a suitable coil spring inside the PVC caps assembly would hold the joint together without restricting the movement.

  • Allen Yu

    I was real happy with my homemade steadicam, making videos in my kitchen and walking around the house, until I took it on location for a real shoot and it suddenly fell apart. If you build one of these, be sure to test it under real working conditions. With better materials and some re-engineering, I probably could make it work; but I just bought a Glidecam. As impressive as it looks to your friends and family, homemade steadicams don’t hold up under the judgmental glare of the looky-loos. A Russian immigrant who was hanging around said to me, “This is real low-budget, huh?” LOL