~ a homemade tripod mount for pochade box~
You can order one that will cost close to 30 bucks with shipping or you can make one easily. Go to hardware store like home depot. buy 1/4"x20x5/16" tee-nut like the one in this picture:
Then cut a piece of ply or hardwood that is 5/16" thick to about 3"x3" or really any size that is bigger than the tripod plate. Get a 3/4" spade bit and a 5/16 spade or drill bit. Locate the center of your piece of wood and using the 3/4" spade bit first, drill down about 1/8" or so to create a recess so you can countersink the tee-nut in the wood. You want it flush for glueing to the box.
Next drill the 5/16" hole for the threaded portion of the tee-nut. Now grab a hammer and have fun whacking the tee-nut into the wood so it looks like in the photo above.
Now you are ready to glue the block (or screw it in if you want but you need small screws) locate the center of gravity for your box when it is open with the lid. This is usually near the rear center of the bottom. Locate the center point, put the block down aligned perfectly, draw a pencil line around the perimeter, apply painters tape around the perimeter. Apply a thin coat of Titebond or other yellow wood glue to both surfaces, not too much. Put the block in place and tape it down also. Set a book or something on it for weight and let dry overnight.
Then you will have a tripod mount that looks like this:
you want the flange on top not on bottom, on top it is secure, bottom it may be pulled out.
Or you can drill from inside your box and then it would look like this:
These can be used for any box that doesn't have a tripod mount. If it is metal then use epoxy glue instead of wood glue, or screw it in place.
I am making a half dozen boxes right now using these guys and don't want to drop 130 bucks (six plus shipping), bye for now!