So I was looking to get back into sculpting and I recently built some armature stands. So I thought I’d take the time to share how I do this and what materials were used. There are many kind of stands out there and when you can find information on them you will see each sculptor has their own method. Finding tutorials and material list though never seams easy to find. I’ve done this tutorial with images, hope you like:
Step 1: Materials- 1 1/4″-20×12″ threaded rod, 2 1/4″-20 Wing nuts, 1 1/4″ T-Nut, 1/4″ Washer & Hex Nut, 1 10-24×6″ Threaded rod, 3 10-24 Wing Nuts, 1 10-24×3/4″ Machine Screw, 1 1″ “L” Bracket, 1 3″ Folding Door Hinge, 1 8″x8″x3/4″ Wood(optional sizes based on your needs).
Step 2: Drill 1/4″ hole in the corner of the wood not to close to the edge or it could crack. Install your 1/4″ T-Nut(Optional I counter sunk my T-Nut with a 3/4″ Drill bit before installing.)
Step 3: Place your hex nut about an inch down the threaded rod and place your washer on. Now thread your 1/4″ Rod into the t-nut make sure not to go all the way through or it will not sit flush. Tighten hex nut like so
Step 4: You will need a Dremel or rotary tool to cut the hinge where its shown in the picture. After cutting the hinge you will need to expand the hinges pin hole enough so the 10-24 threaded rod can slide through without issue. I do not remember what drill bit I used for this. One hinge will make 4 Components and hinges tend to come in a two pack if you buy them, so you could make four armature stands from 2 hinges.
Step 5: After cutting and drilling the hinge part you will now place a 10-24 wing nut on the 10-24 6″ threaded rob backwards. Slide hinge over rod and add second wing nut.
Step 6: Drill a little larger than 1/4″ hole through one side of your “L” bracket. Then place split washer over machine screw and put that through the un-drilled side of the L bracket away from the L side. Next add the two remaining washers over the screw for spacing. Connect hinge and rod to this and add your last 10-24 wing nut.
Step 7: Place one of your 1/4″ wing nuts on the 1/4″ threaded rod about half way down the rod upside down. Slide the large hole L Bracket over the rod and screw on the last wing nut. You will instantly see where this can be adjusted to make holding your armature easy.
Finished: Armature tutorial coming soon. Oh your stand is done. Hope this tutorial helped!