DIY Doorway Camera Dolly

DIY Doorway Camera Dolly project built with nothing but Home Depot parts and all for the price of you’re average one-day dolly rental! All you need is some basic tools…

The video covers the entire parts list, schematics, and build process.

DIY Doorway Dolly Plans

Leave a comment or tweet me… and also let me know if you come up with better ways to improve this build! Maybe I’ll do a version 2.0 soon with your features!

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Here’s the first film I used the dolly on if your interested to see it in action: ROCKHARBOR Easter Week Promo

UPDATE: DOLLY WHEELS
Buy wheels from Harbor Freight instead of Home Depot to save almost $50!

UPDATE: TRACK WHEELS
To add on track wheels to this dolly simply purchase this set of Track wheels Cam On Wheels and mount them to each end of a 4 foot long piece of 6 inch wide channel steel instead of using the threaded rods as seen in the video. I just stopped by a local metal shop and they gave me some free metal scraps that worked perfectly!

UPDATE: STEERING
To add steering capability you’ll need to attach spindles, a tie rod, and a steering arm of some kind. I do NOT have the full process figured out however Go Kart Galaxy is a good place to source the spindles.

Posted // in // DIY Builds, Gear Reviews, Store 26 Comments
  • Charles M Robinson

    Special thanks to Brandon Setter for inspiring me to make this!!!

    • http://brandonsetter.com Brandon Setter

      Charles, I’m REALLY impressed with your steering mechanism. Really really great! I’d love to get the specs and a basic overview of what you did to make that – if you have the time of course. Maybe just shoot a quick iphone video or something. I’d like to alter my dolly right away with what you did for the steering and track stup. Very cool! Even looks like you use aluminum. Thanks for posting the pics :)

      • Charles M Robinson

        No problem…I can probably shoot something 2morrow for ya. Peace

        • http://brandonsetter.com Brandon Setter

          Thanks! That’d be rad!

          • http://twitter.com/baumgartensam Sam Baumgarten

            Not sure if you ended up learning more about @facebook-38408805:disqus, but if you did, I would love to read how you implemented it :)

    • http://brandonsetter.com Brandon Setter

      Charles, this is fantastic…. would you be willing to send me what parts you used for the steering and wheels? I would love to share that on the blog for the rest of the readers!

  • http://brandonsetter.com Brandon Setter

    That’s fantastic! Thanks for sharing that info about ways to save on the project. How did the steering work out using the cart chassis?

  • Becca

    I know someone mentioned buying a Tricam cart before but I figured out that if you go straight to Tricam’s website you can buy replacement parts instead of the whole cart. It asks for a model number but if you just search the cart on amazon etc it will give you a model number. Then get the front axel assembly. (For the handle get the 2-in-1 handle and plastic coupler.) It only costs about 38.50 in total.

    • http://brandonsetter.com Brandon Setter

      Wow genius idea! I’ll look into that!

  • Andy

    Hi Brandon. Question about the Ikan wheel upgrade…why not just bolt them to the underside of the dolly. Did you drill holes through the channel steel…bolt the steel to the dolly and the wheels to the steel? Having trouble envisioning. Thanks!

    • http://brandonsetter.com Brandon Setter

      Mounting the dolly wheels under would be just fine however I want to keep the lowest profile possible to both keep the center of gravity low and the shot angle low if I want to get a shot low to the ground. Stability and shot :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jcrowlife Jason Crow

    Hi Brandon. What do you think about just changing the tires out on something like this? http://www.amazon.com/Magna-Cart-Flatform-Wheeled-Truck/dp/B002TITK8O/ref=pd_cp_hi_1

    • http://brandonsetter.com Brandon Setter

      Hey Jason, I thought about that and also thought about using a garden cart and repurposing the deck…. but the garden cart was too high off the floor because the large tires ended up underneath the deck instead of to the side…. and with the office cart you are referring to the plastic deck was just too small to handle the camera operator and again I didn’t want the rubber wheels underneath… but this cart might work well with track wheels since those traditionally mount under.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jcrowlife Jason Crow

        Cool. Thanks for your feedback! I might use something like this because I have a specific use for it and I only need the camera on deck.

  • Neema Sadeghi

    You didn’t say it weighed 200 pounds and the prices you have on your instructions aren’t close to the real costs.

  • Jonwalter Lewis

    Hey Brandon! How about adding a seat to the dolly? Would the plywood platform support up to 220lbs of weight?

    • http://brandonsetter.com Brandon Setter

      I’m really not sure… I’ve added a seat by just placing an apple box on the dolly but I don’t know if the wood would support it.

  • Ryakin Rip

    Thanks Brandon for this video your download link to the schematics, and build process. doesn’t work

    • http://brandonsetter.com Brandon Setter

      Should now be fixed. Thanks for the heads up!

      • Ryakin Rip

        do you have a paypal ink?

        • http://brandonsetter.com Brandon Setter

          I just use https://o.ribbon.co/ to share the plans… this is the only way.

          • Ryakin Rip

            I just purchased the schematics but didn’t get a download link

          • Ryakin Rip

            oh never mind I see it thanks

  • http://www.myvideoseopro.com David Vogel

    Just put my doorway dolly together. Thanks Brandon for making such an easy to follow video and DIY PDF. We are almost done but are finding that the wheels are binding against the washers and nuts. Wondering if anyone else has had this problem. There were some cut washers listed on the PDF but never saw you use them on the video. Is there a step we missed. Any help would be appreciated as we have a shoot this Thursday. Thanks again.

    • http://brandonsetter.com Brandon Setter

      I’ve since learned to just ditch the washers and go nut to wheel bearing. Just don’t over tighten. Hope this helps.

      • http://www.myvideoseopro.com David Vogel

        Thanks Brandon. We will give it a try and let you know how it goes.

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