Obviously you wouldn’t want to put anything extremely heavy on your camera tripod, but barring that, you should be able to mount most things with these techniques:
- Glue a 1/4 – 20 nut onto your webcam/flashlight/laser pointer, or whatever you would like to mount. Simple, but I wouldn’t trust this on anything but the lightest of items.
- If it won’t hurt anything, you can tap a 1/4 – 20 threaded hole into your item. If you’re wondering what “tapping” is, here is a tutorial about making female threads in wood.
- Make a custom mount. Something that tightens down with a screw, like this Dremel Tool mount, might be adapted to use with a camera. The 1/4 – 20 threaded hole would be drilled and tapped into your fixture, not in the camera/flashlight/laser/whatever else you need mounted. Here’s an Env2 phone mounted in the wood seen above.
Any other ideas? Please let me know in the comments!
Some of these ideas were originally featured on Hackaday.com.