So I attempted to utilise an old telescope tripod, some old bolts I had lying around in my cellar and cut a piece of old cupboard I found in the scrap wood at the local recycling centre. Several problems were encountered.
First the tripod head was earlier an old equatorial scope head and had lots of oil on the top, making it rather unpleasant to operate. I have also a camera tripod which may be more suitable.
Second, cutting the plane table itself proved tough using a jigsaw – it looks horribly ziggy zaggy with regards to the straight cut I wanted.
Finally, the alidade was hard to develop. As you can see I cut out a long strip to make perhaps a ruler to draw along. Again, with the poor cut of the jigsaw this was hard to achieve.
All in all my first attempt to build a plane table is wobbly and looks something like out if a Bruce Forsyth Generation Game two minute challenge!
Can anyone send me some unused gear?