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I love this DIY camera dolly track, built from a $15 “Ivar” Ikea shelving “side unit.”

A few days ago, I found out that the Ivar “wooden ladder” was perfect to use it as rails for my cinema dolly! I can now make some nice sequence shots with this 18€ (USD$15) accessory from Ikea.

[Thanks, Tim Tate!]

Ivar loves Dolly

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. wikityler says:

    18€ is actually about $26USD. A 2x2x8 at the local lumber yard is $2.39, so unless Ivar is 40 feet long, it’s hardly a deal.

  2. Gareth Branwyn says:

    The Ivar Side Unit is $15 in the US Ikea catalog. I checked.

  3. kojjan says:

    Me and some friends built a camera dolly from an old pram, a wooden plank and the remains of a table lamp as an articulated arm for the camera. It actually worked pretty well. No snazzy tracks though.