8x10 camera tripod mount

A cheap DIY solution to tripod mount problems for my 8x10 camera.  So this is my Eastman View no. 1 it's not the most stable camera in a tripod head, it was pre sliding tripod block so it has a static tripod mount point, the rails are a bit thin and not exactly rock solid, usually takes 2 tripods to fully support it. So since the tripod itself is ample I decided to make a platform and mount it directly, in place of the ball head, for maximum support. 

What it consists of is a piece of pine 9.25in wide by 4ft cut in twos couple of hinges up front, a shim glued to the underside of the top platform at the front side to keep a gap, a 3/8ths mount post ( I went with one that used screws to mount it for max stability) , and a couple of trunk pressure lifting things (with the hinges in the hardware store). Finished off with some wine colored felt, and a single layer of stain rubbed in. All and all about 40 bucks and a couple hours. 
 

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Seen here at full rear extension. You can see the counter sink for the 3/8ths mount post in the middle, it's screwed on this visible side so as to give only a smooth mount surface on the tripod side, so theres no marring of the tripod.

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Here you can see the through bolt that mounts to the camera itself, this is what the shim is for to keep the gap. 

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And it's still stable Alllllllll the way up there ..