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Photo Copy Stand

(Build you own)

Photo copy stands are widely used in the lab. Wouldn’t be nice to have a portable one to take to the crime scene that when taken apart is small and compact, easy to assembly and cost effective. A normal photo copy stand is not practical to use at the crime scene because of their size and portability. The reason some evidence needs to be photographed at the scene is to document the evidence such as a latent print developed on a can or a shoe print in the dirt. It is quite easy to make your own photo copy stand. To do this, it is built out of 3/4” PVC pipe. The completed overall dimension of this photo copy stand when assembled is 18” wide x 13.5” long x 26” high. Unassembled size is 4” x 4” x26”. The size of the photo copy stand can be changed by making the 3/4” PVC pipe sections longer or shorter to fit your needs. The PVC pipe, cleaner and cement can be purchased at your local hardware store.

Supplies needed:

1- ¾”PVC pipe 6’ $ 0.39 per foot
1- 1” PVC pipe 6” $ 0.55 per foot
1- ¾”PVC “T” connectors $ 0.55 ea.
2- ¾”PVC 90° elbows $ 0.49 ea.
4- ¾”PVC end caps $ 0.53 ea.
1- 1” PVC “T” with 3/4” out $ 1.39 ea.
1- ¼” x ½” bolt $ 0.05
1- ¼” x 2” bolt $ 0.11
PVC Pipe Cleaner $ 2.29 ea.
PVC Pipe Cement $ 2.89 ea.
Five minute Epoxy or J B Weld adhesive

1- Swivel camera head adapter $ 8.50 (optional)

Cutting and drilling procedures:

Cut the PVC pipe with either a fine bladed saw or PVC pipe cutter.

1. From the 6’ section of ¾” PVC pipe cut the following:

A. Cut two (2) pieces at 7”
B. Cut two (2) pieces at 11.5”
C. Cut one (1) piece at 24”
D. Cut one (1) piece at 3”

2. From the 6” section of 1” PVC pipe cut the following:

A. Cut two (2) pieces at .5” for spacers
B. Ream out the spacers to slide easily over the ¾’ camera shaft. Use either sand paper or a Dremel tool.

3. Drill a ¼” hole in the following:

A. Center of one end cap
B. In “T” connector in back side
C. Holes in shaft as directed in diagram

Assembly procedures:

Step 1 - To build the base, the following pieces are required:

2 pieces - 7” x ¾” PVC pipe
2 pieces – 11.5”x ¾” PVC pipe
1 – ¾”PVC “T” connector
2 – ¾” PVC 90° elbows
2 – ¾” PVC end cap

Note: If you do not want to glue the end sections together do not use the PVC cleaner or cement to put the end sections together, this way they can be completely taken apart.

Use small brush to apply cleaner.
Use clean dry rag wipe clean.

Use the PVC cleaner to clean the following:

Each end of each 7” piece of ¾” PVC pipe
One end of each 11.5” piece of ¾” PVC pipe
Inside the ¾” PVC end caps
Inside the two ends of the ¾” PVC “T” connector
Inside one end of each ¾” PVC 90° elbows

Step 2 - To build the camera mount and shaft, the following pieces are required:

1” PVC “T” with 3/4” out
1- ¼” x ½” bolt
2- ¾” PVC end caps
1- 24” x ¾” PVC pipe
1- 3” x ¾” PVC pipe
2- ½” x ¾” PVC pipe spacers

Note: If you do not want to glue the end sections together do not use the PVC cleaner or cement to put the end sections together, this way they can be completely taken apart.

Use small brush to apply cleaner.
Use clean dry rag wipe clean.

Use the PVC cleaner to clean the following:

One end of the 24” piece of ¾” PVC pipe
One end of the 3” piece of ¾” PVC pipe
Inside the ¾” PVC end cap
Inside the 1” PVC “T” with 3/4” out
Outside of both ½” x ¾” PVC pipe spacers

Step 3 - Preassemble the base as shown below

Step 4 - Preassemble the camera mount and shaft as shown below

A. Glue the ¼” x ½” bolt on the inside of the end cap with the bolt threads extended through the hole.

Step 4 - Now that you know what it is supposed to look like, it is time to apply the PVC cement to the joints to hold the pieces together.

Note: When the PVC cement is applied and the two joints are put together, make sure you have put it together correctly because the setup time is very fast.

A. Apply a small amount of the PVC cement to the joints then insert the pipe section and properly align up the connectors.
B. Be sure to place the shaft in the base “T” connector and to make sure it is straight up and down before the glue sets.

Step 5 - Once the end frames have been cemented together and allowed to dry, you are basically ready to use it.

Photo Copy Stand

Photo Copy Stand

Photo Copy Stand

Photo Copy Stand

Photo Copy Stand

Photo Copy Stand

Photo Copy Stand
Cap with bolt

Photo Copy Stand
Shaft with camera mount

Photo Copy Stand
Base



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