Let’s Learn How To Make A Radial Dolly Simply

Making your own radial dolly can be a fun and rewarding project. Not only will you save money, but you will also be satisfied knowing that you built it yourself. In this article, we will show you how to make a radial dolly using materials that are readily available at most hardware stores.

Before we get started, let’s take a look at what a radial dolly is, how it works, and more. This article will provide you with a lot of useful information about the radial dolly besides guiding you on how to make it. So ready to get started right now.

What Is A Radial Dolly?

SaleBestseller No. 1
SPACECARE Mobile Roller with 4 Locking Wheels-Adjustable Furniture Dolly Washing Machine Stand Refrigerator Base Moving Cart- Mini Fridge Stand Accessories Appliance Roller Laundry Pedestal -Off White
  • 【Adjustable Size】- The scalable appliance dolly base can be adjusted for 18-1/2 inches to 27 inches objects as the second main picture show, you can effortlessly roll a wide variety of items like like washing machine, refrigerator, cabinet to destination.
  • 【Universality Moving Base】- The mini fridge stand is used for the bottom of appliances like portable washing machines, washer and dryer, refrigerator or mini fridge. The mini fridge stand can easily accommodate any weight up till 300 pounds.
  • 【360-Degree Wheels】- The appliance rollers equiped with 360-degree 4 locking swivel wheels. The heavy-duty casters are made of strong and durable high quality stainless steel tube. Place the washing fridge machine stand under the refrigerators, washing machines or other household appliances then to move simply.
  • 【Waterproof and Shockproof】- Besides transport heavy loads , laundry washer pedestal can also absorb excessive vibrations through 4 high-quality PVC pads. So you can get quiet experience when your fridge or washer machine working.
  • 【Product Parameter】- Furniture dolly height: 3-3/4 inches. Weight limit: 300 lbs. Mini fridge accessories : 4 locking swivel wheels, 4 sturdy PVC corner pieces, 4 sturdy steel poles and screw tool. Installation notice: Just rotate and push it into the hole after take a steel tube to align the hole.
SaleBestseller No. 2
SOYO Folding Hand Truck, 265 LB Capacity Dolly Cart for Moving, Heavy Duty Fold Up Shifter Trolley Collapsible Portable Luggage Cart with 4 Wheels for Travel Shopping Office Use, Black
  • 【Easy to Storage & Carry】Folds down flat for easy transport in vehicles, suitcase, or personal backpack. Storgae the folding hand truck in your closet, storage rooms or under a bed. Folded dimensions of the cart is 16.5 x 12.6 x 3.2 inches.
  • 【Extendable Base Plate】The moving dolly cart features an extendable loading base to hold larger-sized goods, which can be extended from 15 inches to 17.7 inches. No need to worry your box or storage bag is too big to put on the cart.
  • 【Telescoping Handle】The upgraded telescoping handle extends from 15.5 to 35.5 inches, with the push of a button and lift up on the handle. Two elastic ropes are bonus, stretching to almost double the length to hold many different sizes loads.
  • 【Durable and Stable】The heavy duty luggage cart with solid construction holds up to 265lb capacity. Large quality wheels enable smooth and quiet movement. To ensure the stability, please place the goods in the middle of the truck base and mind your speed during using.
  • 【Wide Application】The wheels trolley cart is perfect using at home, garage, warehouse, office, business, travel or shopping. Let our rugged dolly do the heavy lifting.
SaleBestseller No. 3
SPACEKEEPER Folding Hand Truck, 500 LB Heavy Duty Luggage Cart, Utility Dolly Platform Cart with 6 Wheels & 2 Elastic Ropes for Luggage, Travel, Moving, Shopping, Office Use, Black
  • 【Fold Up for Easier Storage】- This folding hand truck is easy to fold or unfold in few seconds. When not in use, the luggage cart can be fully fold up flat, more convenient to transport and storage in vehicles, under a bed, in a closet or garages.
  • 【Heavy Duty & Durable】- With 6 upgraded double ball bearing wheels,the utility cart can hold up to 500 lbs capacity with stability and smooth when moving heavy goods. The thickened Steel made drawbar and durable plastic frame make the hand truck not easy to shake when pulling.
  • 【Extendable Base Plate】- This folding luggage cart features an extendable loading base surface to hold larger-sized stuffs, provide you extra space to place the goods, no need to worry the box is too big.
  • 【Adjustable Handle】- The telescoping handle of the luggage cart has 3 different height arbitrary switching and is 90°to 150°adjustable, you can adjust the height according to your need.
  • 【Multifunctional & Widely Use】- The hand truck is suitable for shopping, business travel, cargo handling, luggage moving, outdoor carry, warehouse cargoes delivery, moving house, office daily use and so on.
SaleBestseller No. 4
Ronlap Folding Hand Truck, Foldable Dolly Cart for Moving, 500lbs Heavy Duty Luggage Cart, Portable Platform Cart Collapsible Dolly with 6 Wheels & 2 Ropes for Travel House Office Moving, Black
  • 【Durable Material】: Made of solid construction with customized plastic base plate, thickened stainless steel handle, 6 rubber casters, this folding hand truck can hold up to 500lbs capacity. To ensure stability, please place goods in the middle of the folding hand truck base and mind your speed during use, also walk slowly when you are using it on a rough road
  • 【Flat Folding Design】: Weighing only 8.6 pounds, folding size: 12.40 x 17.24 x 4.53 inches, expansion size: 12.40 x 22.64 x 4.53inches. This foldable dolly cart is easy to fold or unfold in a few seconds. Thanks to a unique and innovative fold-flat design, this foldable dolly cart is convenient for carrying or easy storage in a car's trunk, under a bed, in a closet, storage rooms or garages
  • 【Telescoping Handle】: The telescoping handle has three different height arbitrary switching. Lift the telescoping handle up and push the button on the handle, it can be extended from 15.35 to 34.45 inches, you can choose the proper height according to holding small or larger-sized stuff. In addition, the hand truck dolly comes with two elastic ropes, which are great for safely carrying large boxes, heavy items, luggage, groceries, etc
  • 【360°Rotation Casters】: Six ageing resistance rubber casters with 360° rotation top plate, great in mechanical strength and loading capacity. You can use it as a portable collapsible dolly with wheels or a small flat dolly to move things safely
  • 【Widely Used】: This lightweight dolly folding cart is suitable for shopping, business travel, cargo handling, luggage moving, outdoor carry, warehouse cargoes delivery, moving house, home delivery service, office daily use, and so on
Bestseller No. 5
Nefish Furniture Dolly Adjustable Mini Fridge Stand Washing Machine Stand Mobile Roller with 4 Locking Swivel Wheels Universal Mobile Base Moving Cart for Dryer Refrigerator
  • Adjustable Size - With adjustable steel poles, Nefish black appliance dolly base can be adjusted from 16 inches to 24-3/8 inches, fit different appliances and furniture. (Note: Pls let The " MIDDLE LINE" sign on the tube remain in the middle position after adjusting the size)
  • Easy to Move & Fix - Comes with the locking plastic swivel double-wheels, it can be easily located and stabilized. The mobile roller is made of sturdy PVC pieces and stainless-steel poles, weight limit: 400 lbs.
  • Heavier Load Capacity - Compared with other moving rollers, Nefish washing machine pedestal dolly comes with 4 thicken square stainless steel poles. This movable dolly can support appliances or furnitures up to 400 lbs, make it a wide applications, such as washing machine stand, dryer moveing cart, refrigerator base, etc.
  • Easy to Assemble - The dolly set includes 4 swivel wheels, each has been installed on durable PVC corner pieces. What you need to do just to install the connecting rod. The dolly can be easily assembled with instruction. No extra tool requirement..
  • Premium Quality Control - Nefish will take responsibility for all issues with the product to the end. If you have any problem about the product, pls feel free to tell us, we will reply you within 24 hours.
Bestseller No. 6
HaulPro Heavy Duty Hand Truck with Stair Climber - Aluminum Dolly Cart for Moving - 500 Pound Capacity - 8" Rubber Wheels - 54" H x 18.5" W with 17.5 x 9 Nose Plate
  • RUGGED CONSTRUCTION: Avoid physical strains and injuries with our sturdy hand truck dolly. It has a load capacity of 500 pounds, so you'll be able to move furniture, gardening supplies, large boxes, and heavy objects.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT: Fabricated from durable industrial-grade aluminum, this dolly for moving is rust and corrosion-resistant. It's easy to lift, weighing only 20 pounds, and its high-tech wheels help reduce friction and support the load.
  • GET AROUND OBSTACLES: Comes equipped with rubberized comfort handles and low-friction skid bars allowing you to easily and safely pull the hand truck over stairs and curbs. It has 8" wheels and measures 54" H x 18.5" W with a 17.5 x 9" nose plate.
  • MULTIFUNCTIONAL: Ideal for commercial product distribution and delivery. Use our moving dolly for beverage delivery, corporate offices, food service, hospitals, malls, manufacturing, package delivery, or any heavy maneuvering.
  • HAULPRO: We are a family-owned and operated company that offers high-quality hand trucks, dollies, and commercial material handling equipment. We provide impeccable customer service and always strive to meet the highest standards.
Bestseller No. 7
AR-PRO (2- Pack) Run-Flat Solid Rubber Replacement Tire 8" x 2'' with a 5/8" axle for Hand Trucks, Wheelbarrows, Dollies, Trolleys and More – Run Flat with 580 lbs Max Load
  • THE PERFECT REPLACEMENTS: AR-PRO offers the perfect solid rubber replacement tires for vehicle with about 7.8” tires that is about 2.13’’ wide (This is everything you need to replace your dolly’s wheels) like lawn mowers, hand trucks, wheelbarrows, yard trailers, dollies, trolleys, wagons, snow blowers, persuure washers, air compressors, generators, go carts, wood chippers and more – guaranteed fit.
  • MADE HEAVY DUTY FROM QUALITY MATERIALS: Our tires are made from premium steel and 100% natural rubbers, it’s our job to make dependable and durable tires and we do it right. Count on AR-PRO.
  • SAFETY FIRST IS OUR MOTTO: We designed this tires to be explosion proof. When and if punctured, it immediately creates an airtight seal to prevent damage, destruction and injury to the rider. Safe in any season or weather condition.
  • ADDS COMFORT TO YOUR RIDE: With thick rubber that absorbs shocks (4X thicker than other brands), you won’t feel the bumps and hollows because the vehicle will glide along, protecting one from the force. Now that’s comfortable.
  • U.S BASED CUSTOMER SERVICE: We respond to any questions or inquiries within 5 hours. We also provides 40 days free return/refund policy.
Bestseller No. 8
MaxWorks 80854 Polypropylene Dolly-200-lb Capacity , Black
  • Constructed from lightweight, polypropylene material that won't rust or chip and is easy to clean
  • Solid molded platform features a ridged non-slip surface that is ideal for moving narrow items or supporting furniture legs
  • Includes two 3" swivel castors and two 3" rigid castors to allow easy movement in different directions
  • Built-in carry on handle for easy positioning and makes it easy to move dolly where you need it
  • Platform size is 19-1/2" x 14-1/2". Ideal for home, workshop, garage, office and more
SaleBestseller No. 9
ERGOMASTER Dolly Mover Hard Wood for Max 500 LBS Heavy Duty Moving Funiture Dollies Carrier (23 x 11.5 Inches Squre)
  • Transport large loads and heavy items with greater ease
  • Made of premium MDF, sturdy and durable
  • 4 heavy duty PP wheels
  • Dimension of 23" x 11.5" x 5" (L x W x H) ,You can store it at home or car with this space save design.
  • 100% SATISFACTION OR YOUR MONEY-BACK , If you have any problems with our product, please contact with us first, we will solve it for you within 24 hours.
SaleBestseller No. 10
Rubbermaid Commercial Products Brute Trash Can Dolly with Wheels, Black, Transports 20, 32, 44 and 55G Brute Containers
  • Provides easy mobility and maneuverability when collecting and transporting heavy loads
  • Supports up to 250 pounds
  • Twist lock keeps trash cans securely attached during transport and releases quickly and easily
  • Features five rugged, non-marking casters to keep dolly stable even on rough or uneven surfaces
  • For use with 20, 32, 44, and 55 gallon BRUTE trash cans
Bestseller No. 11
Shoulder Dolly Moving Straps - Lifting Strap for 2 Movers - Move, Lift, Carry, And Secure Furniture, Appliances, Heavy, Bulky Objects Safely, Efficiently, More Easily Like The Pros - Essential Moving Supplies - LD1000
  • Keep arms/hands free -The Shoulder Dolly recognized the need for your arms to be unconstrained. The need for stabilization, opening doors, and overall balance is all attained.
  • Safely lift and move - Ergonomically designed to promote and facilitate proper lifting techniques. Built with heavy-duty materials, the ShoulderDolly can lift up to 800 lbs
  • Reduce back pain - Back pain and strain is avoided by ensuring proper lifting techniques and utilizing the body's strongest muscles, the legs and torso. Significantly reduces strain on arms and hands.
  • Versatility - Due to the seemingly unlimited adjustability of the strap through the buckle, users can move and lift heavy, bulky furniture easier than ever.
  • One size fits all - Differences in the height of movers are overcome due to the adjustability of the webbing through the buckle.
Bestseller No. 12
American Lifting 700 lb Capacity Ultra Lightweight Super Strong Nylon Convertible Hand Truck & Dolly
  • ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT & SUPER-STRONG – The American Lifting Hand Truck is Made in The USA & Designed For Both Simple Jobs But Can Handle Ones Up To 700 Pounds As Well. The Glass Filled Nylon Plastic I-Beam Construction Makes This Cart Super-Strong Yet Ultra-Lightweight and Weighs in at 28 Pounds. As a Dolly its 600 lb capacity is great Around The Home For Moving Boxes, Garage Equipment, or Small Appliances. As Cart Its 700 lb Capacity is Perfect for many Construction Jobsites to Haul Tools or Lumber
  • QUICK CONVERSION & EASY TO STORE – Convert From A Hand Truck To A Cart In Seconds And Its 3-Postion Handle Adjusts Up To 58” Making It Perfect No Matter How Tall You Or Your Load It. As A Cart The Handle Slips Into Place And Is Easily Maneuvered Even In The Tightest Of Spaces. When Not In Use Simply Collapse The Handle To Its Shortest Position And Store In Your Trunk Or Hang It In The Garage. It Takes Up Very Little Space And Is Perfect To Have When The Heavy Jobs Unexpectedly Come Up
  • HUGE 10” PNEUMATIC WHEELS – The 10” Wheels And Guides On The Frame Make The Dolly Perfect When Going Up Steps. Small Steps, No Problem As The Wheels Navigate Them Effortlessly. Tall Steps, You Are Already Halfway Up With Wheels This Large And Since They are Pneumatic Rough Terrain Is No Match. As A Cart The 5” Caster Wheels Make The American Lifter Highly Maneuverable And Easy To Use
  • NO MORE MULTIPLE TRIPS – How Many Times Have You Been To The Hardware Store Or Nursery Gotten Home And Wished You Had A Cart Of Dolly Like What You Used To Haul Your Stuff To Your Car Or Truck? While This Is Not A Folding Cart It Is Still Convenient, Easy To Use And Store And Is Perfect For So Many Light To Midweight Jobs. It Is Portable, Easy To Use And Weighs 30% Less Than Steal While Providing Equal Strength Because Of Its Design
  • PROUDLY MADE IN THE USA – The American Lifting Hand Truck/Dolly/Cart Is Proudly Made In The USA, And We Stand Behind Our Products. Please Contact Us With Any Questions Or Concerns And We Gladly Assist You And While We Strive For Perfection We Also Understand That Things Come Up And It Is Our Goal To Go Beyond Your Expectations To Resolve Any Issues
Bestseller No. 13
RMS Folding Luggage Cart - Lightweight Aluminum Collapsible and Portable Fold Up Dolly for Travel, Moving and Office Use (Black)
  • Attention: The RMS Folding Luggage Cart is a convenient & portable tool for your everyday travel, it is NOT intended to use on items with excessive dimensions over 28” Tall, 22” Wide, 12” Deep (Please see Product Image 2 for reference) or heavy items or baggage over 55 LBS. Before you purchase this item, please kindly note the product dimensions and weight capacity to ensure the product fits your everyday needs.
  • Small Compact Base: The Cart Base measures only 12” Long and 10” Wide. It is designed to be compact and portable. Before you purchase this item, please kindly note the base dimensions is small for easy travel or storage to ensure the product fits your everyday needs.
  • Lightweight and Collapsible: Weighing only 2.8 lbs, the portable luggage cart, built with sturdy construction, opens and closes in seconds providing easy maneuverability. When folded up, it measures only 15" X 10" X 3" and can be easily stored in car trunk or personal backpack.
  • Make Your Moving Task Easier: Oversized rugged wheels are durable and super quiet which makes handling and maneuvering the cart easier.
  • Elastic Ropes: The built-in double 31" long Bungee Cords stretch to almost double the length to hold many different sizes loads. Adjustable support straps anchor baggage and prevent shifting. The base measures 12" X 10" and is made of strong and durable material to safely transport luggage, parcels, boxes up to 55 lbs.
SaleBestseller No. 14
WEN 1320 lbs. Capacity 18 in. x 30 in. Hardwood Furniture Moving Dolly, Two Pack
  • Includes two furniture dollies measuring in at 18 x 30 x 5 inches
  • Each pair of dollies handles a 2000-pound static load and a 1320-pound dynamic load
  • Four ball-bearing swivel casters make for easy rolling in any direction
  • Perfect for workshops, schools, offices, garages, and more.Material:Birch
  • Hardwood body combined with the carpeted ends prevents scuffing and marring to sensitive cargo
SaleBestseller No. 15
Rhino Cart - All Terrain Moving Dolly for Heavy Appliance and Material Handling
  • CONQUER UNEVEN SURFACES - Specifically designed to conquer thresholds, uneven surfaces, and even hard pack dirt & gravel
  • HEAVY DUTY - Carries 1,500lbs on rough and uneven surfaces. 8 heavy-duty urethane wheels make taking on uneven surfaces easy
  • BUILT TOUGH - Built tough using commercial grade poly resin and the same type of specialized steel used in industrial applications
  • VERSATILE - Expands from 6"- 46" to accommodate large objects and pallets. For even larger items, the side can be completely separated making moving even the most oversized items a breeze.
  • MADE IN USA - Rhino Carts are proudly made in the USA. Patented under US patent # 10053129. Other patents pending.
Bestseller No. 16
Baby Blue Car Dollies 4 Pics Heavy Duty Tire Car Skates Wheel Dollies with 3000LBS Bearing Capacity for Moving Cars
  • 🔹【BRAKE PROPERTY】-Each dolly has two locking caster wheels. The novel design of brakes uses the gear.It is convenient and sturdy to keep what you're moving in place when you need to stop it .
  • 🔹【STURDY STRUCTION】-Different from traditional hollowed-out nylon wheels, this wheel made of solid nylon ensures a powerful bearing capacity.
  • 🔹【SAFETY ASSURANCE】-The circular arc corners around the panel are shaped by punch press, greatly improving the security of use and reducing the risk of bruising your ankles due to sharps. Each car dolly supports up to 1500 lbs.
  • 🔹【LABOR-SAVING DESIGN】 -Wheels have duplex bearing swivel design and smooth rolling radial ball bearing axles that provide easy, multi-directional movement by providing 270° of rotation.
  • 🔹【WIDE APPLICATION】-Perfect for moving cars, motorcycles etc.
Bestseller No. 17
MaxWorks 80876- Foldable Platform Truck Push Dolly 330 lb. Weight Capacity
  • Folding platform push cart is excellent for home, office, warehouse, garage, workshops, schools, garden use. Two 4" swivel castors and two rigid wheels quietly and easily rolls under load
  • Features padded handle for convenient maneuvering. Textured platform surface help prevents cargo from slipping off the cart. Bumper along the edge minimize damages
  • Constructed from durable steel platform with tubular steel handle with rubberized padded grip
  • Heavy duty wheel mounting brackets hold the ball bearing mount PP and TPR wheels will provide years of service. Handle folds to platform for compact storage or easy transport
  • Overall size: 28. 75" x 18. 75" x 33"
SaleBestseller No. 18
220lbs Portable Heavy Duty Aluminum Folding Hand Truck Material Handling Dolly Two-Wheels Luggage Cart Dolly for Moving Office Carts
  • ✔【Easy to Store】 - Dolly for moving Storage is simple as the lightweight, Luggage Cart which measures 16.4 x 10.9 x 39inch(L x W x H) as unfolded size, can be folded to just 27.7inch Height, You can open it instantly with the touch of a single red button, Ready to use, no assembly required.
  • ✔【Durable Material】- Cart iron pipe and aluminum base plate Frame Material with 2-wheel cart mode, Rubber is chosen as the material of the truck wheel.
  • ✔【Heavy Duty】 - Aluminum hand truck Sturdy enough to hold up to 220lbs, 2 Rubber wheel whose diameter is 5.5 inch for smooth rolling and less noise.
  • ✔【Multi-purpose】- Dolly 220lbs loading capacity fits industrial cargo handling, Fits in most size car trunks, Ideal for home, auto, office, travel and recreational use. and is also handy for weekend travel by train or car.
  • ✔【Guarantee】 - Voluker provides a 100% satisfication guarantee, pls feel free to contact us without any hesitation if the hand truck and dolly couldn't meet request.
Bestseller No. 19
SPACEKEEPER Furniture Dolly Mobile Roller, Extendable Appliance Rollers Mobile Washing Machine Base, Fridge Stand Moving Cart for Washing Machines, Refrigerators, Dryers, Dishwashers, Black
  • 【Scalable & Easy to Store】- This furniture dolly is telescopic base design, which can be adjusted vertically and horizontally according to the furniture size. The adjustable length of each base is 17" to 28" which can can heavy objects of different sizes, like washing machine, refrigerator, cabinet, etc. And the dolly can be stored in any corner of the room when not in use for easy removal.
  • 【Easy To Use】- No complicated installation steps or tools required. Simply place the washing machine stand under the refrigerators, washing machines or other household appliances, then press down the brakes of both ends to keep steady if not use. And raise the brakes to move.
  • 【Upgraded 24 Wheels】- The movable base dolly is equiped with 24 upgraded small wheels, which make the moving more smooth and stable. You can easily move heavy furniture and household appliances to clean the bottom of the them with the movable base. It's convenient for your home cleaning.
  • 【Thoughtful Design】- The anti-slip pad design of the furniture mover can reduce the vibration of the machine. and the 1.6" height design avoid contact between washing machine and wet floor, not only protect the floor, but prevented corrosion and rust of furniture
  • 【Durable & Sturdy】- This furniture dolly is made of made of high quality thick metal material, which is strong enough to deal with items up to 660 lb. Widely use with portable washing machines, refrigerators, closets, cabinet or other furniture.
SaleBestseller No. 20
Cosco 12222PBG1E Shifter 300-Pound Capacity Multi-Position Heavy Duty Folding Dolly, Green hand-trucks
  • Heavy Duty - Durable Steel Frame with 300 lbs. Weight Capacity
  • Easy to Use - Quick Conversion with no pins or tools
  • Multi-Position - Use as a 2-Wheel, Upright Hand Truck or into a 4-wheel Cart, EASY STORAGE - Folds Flat for Transport/Storage
  • Folds Flat for Transport/Storage. Product Measurements : Height is 49.25 inches ,Width is 16.625 inches and Depth is 13.75 inches
  • Fits in most size car trunks. Weight : 14.92 pounds

A radial dolly is a type of camera dolly that uses a circular track to create a smooth, radial motion. This type of camera dolly is often used in video productions. It is becoming increasingly popular due to its ability to create unique shots that are impossible with traditional linear dollies.

There are a few different ways to create a radial dolly shot. The most popular and well-known method is to use a circular track, which can be either purchased or homemade.

If you decide to make your track, you will need to ensure that it is strong enough to support the weight of your camera and dolly. You will also need to ensure that the track is smooth so your camera can move freely along it.

Another popular method for creating radial dolly shots is to use a jib arm. This type of setup is often used in conjunction with a linear dolly, as it allows you to create both linear and radial motions. This is a great option if you want to be able to create both types of shots, but it can be a bit more expensive than just using a circular track.

Regardless of your method, radial dolly shots can add a lot of interest and flair to your video productions. If you are looking for a way to add some unique shots to your repertoire, then radial dollies are definitely worth considering.

how to make a radial dolly

What Is A Radial Dolly Used For?

A radial dolly is used to create a smooth radial motion in your shots. This is especially helpful when you want to dolly in or out on a subject.

A radial dolly is a type of camera dolly that allows the camera to move in a circular motion. It is a small, wheeled platform that can be attached to the bottom of a camera. This allows the camera to move in a radial pattern, rather than just up and down or side to side.

It is used to create a smooth, curved track for a camera or other equipment. This type of dolly can be used to film around objects or create a flowing effect with the camera. It can be used to create effects such as a dolly zoom, in which the camera moves away from or towards the subject while the lens’s focal length remains the same.

This type of dolly is often used in music videos and other productions where the camera needs to move around a central object. This can be useful for moving large pieces of furniture or creating a rotating effect in video or photography. It can also be used to move around large objects in a radial or circular manner.

This tool is used in filmmaking and video production. It allows the camera operator to move the camera in a radial pattern, rather than just up and down or side to side. This can be very useful for creating dynamic shots.

How Does A Radial Dolly Work?

A radial dolly is a wheeled support system that enables camera crews to film in tight spaces and get shots that would be otherwise impossible. A radial dolly has a wheel at each corner, which allows it to rotate in any direction. This is different from a traditional dolly, which has two wheels in the front and two in the back and can only move forwards and backward.

Radial dollies are often used in commercials and music videos, where the camera needs to move around a lot, or in movies where there are chase scenes or other activities taking place in small spaces. They can also be used for more static shots, like when filming a conversation between two people in a small room.

Radial dollies are not easy to use, and it takes practice to get smooth shots with them. They are also more expensive than traditional dollies, so they are not always an option for small productions. However, if you need to get creative and get shots that would be impossible with a traditional dolly, a radial dolly is the way to go.

When Do You Need To Use A Radial Dolly?

how to make a radial dolly

A radial dolly is most often used to create a smooth, uninterrupted track for a camera or other piece of equipment. This can be especially important when creating a shot that moves in or around a character or object.

By using a radial dolly, you can help to ensure that the movement looks natural and doesn’t call attention to the track itself. It can be especially handy when you are shooting in a tight space or on uneven ground. They are often used in music videos and commercials.

A radial dolly is a way to go if you need to create a smooth, curved tracking shot. They are also great for getting low-angle shots, or shots that would be difficult to get with a traditional camera dolly. There are a few instances when you might need to use a radial dolly.

Additionally, in case you are filming a scene that takes place on a curved or circular surface, then you will need to use a radial dolly in order to get the perfect shot. This dolly allows you to move around the curved surface while keeping the camera in the same spot. This is perfect for shots that require a lot of movement and gives you the ability to capture all the action.

Or if you are filming a scene with a lot of people in it and you need to get a wide shot, then you will need to use a radial dolly. This is perfect for shots that need to capture the energy of a large group of people. This type of dolly allows you to move the camera around the perimeter of the crowd while still getting a clear shot of everyone.

Some Notes When Using The Radial Dolly

There are a few things to keep in mind when using a radial dolly. First, make sure that the dolly is set up correctly. This means that the wheels should be parallel to each other and perpendicular to the camera. If the dolly is not set up correctly, it can cause the camera to veer off course.

Second, be sure to practice using the dolly before you attempt to use it on a shoot. This will help you get a feel for how it works and ensure that you are comfortable using it. Finally, always make sure that the dolly is properly secured before you begin moving it. This will help prevent any accidents from happening.

When used correctly, a radial dolly can be a great way to create smooth, uninterrupted camera movement. Just be sure to set it up correctly and practice using it before you attempt to use it on a shoot.

How To Make A Radial Dolly Step-By-Step

First, you must prepare enough materials and tools before starting. Here we have a list of all necessary things for you to refer to.

  • Plywood
  • High-grit sandpaper
  • Ruler or a straight edge
  • Circular saw
  • Construction adhesive
  • Stiles
  • 1-inch hole saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Paint or a sealant 
how to make a radial dolly

Step 1: Plan the Design of Your Dolly

Before you start cutting any wood, you must first plan your radial dolly’s design. Sketch a basic design or use a computer program to help you with the dimensions. Once you have the dimensions down, you can begin gathering your materials.

Step 2: Cut the Pieces for Your Dolly

Cut the pieces for your dolly according to your dimensions using a circular saw. Be sure to sand down the edges of each piece with high-grit sandpaper so that they are smooth.

Step 3: Assemble the Pieces of Your Dolly

Begin assembling the pieces of your dolly by attaching the stiles to the sides of the plywood base. Use construction adhesive to attach the stiles, drill pilot holes, and screw them in place.

Step 4: Cut a Hole for the Wheel

Use a 1-inch hole saw to cut a hole in the center of your dolly base. This is where the wheel will go. If your dolly has a handle, make sure to cut the hole in the center.

Step 5: Paint or Seal Your Dolly

Once the hole is cut, you can then paint or seal your dolly. This will help protect it from the elements and keep it looking good for years to come.

There you have it! Now you know how to make a radial dolly. This project is simple and only requires a few materials. Plus, it is a great way to get those wheels rolling!

How To Use A Radial Dolly Step-By-Step

Radial dollies can be a great way to get some extra distance out of your shots, and they are not too difficult to use. In this guide, we will show you how to set up and use a radial dolly step by step.

Step 1: Put Dolly On A Level Surface

To start, place your tripod in the center of the radial dolly. Make sure the legs are locked in place and that the tripod is level. Then, extend the arms of the radial dolly until they reach the edge of your frame. Make sure the dolly is on a level surface. If it is not, the camera will wobble, and your shots will be shaky.

Step 2: Mount Camera On

Next, mount your camera on the dolly. A radial dolly is a great way to get smooth, gliding shots. In order to use it, you will need to set it up on a level surface and then mount your camera on it. You will need to use a tripod or other support to keep the camera steady.

Step 3: Start Shooting

Now it is time to start shooting. For each shot, rotate the radial dolly around the tripod a little bit. This will give you a slightly different angle and help you avoid repeating yourself.

Step 4: Move It Around In A Circle

Once the camera is mounted, you can start moving it around in a circle. Start slowly at first, and then increase the speed as you get comfortable with the dolly. As you move the camera, keep your shots smooth by keeping your hands steady and avoiding sudden movements.

When you are finished, simply dismount the camera and fold up the dolly. It is that easy! Once you have all the shots you need, simply collapse the radial dolly and pack it up. And that is all there is to using a radial dolly! With just a little bit of practice, you will be able to get some great results.

Advantages And Disadvantages When Making And Using Radial Dolly

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Advantages

For Making

  • Easy to use
  • Compact size
  • Versatile
  • Affordable
  • Multiple uses

For Using

  • Increased production rates
  • Increased quality of production
  • Reduced costs
  • Increased safety
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased efficiency
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Increased lifespan of tools
  • Greater accuracy 
  • Enhanced performance 

Disadvantages

For Making

  • It can be difficult to get the dolly perfectly round.
  • The dolly might not be perfectly balanced, which could make it difficult to move.
  • It can be tricky to keep the radial motion consistent when filming.
  • You need a lot of space to set up a radial dolly shot.
  • It can be time-consuming to set up a radial dolly shot.

For Using

  • The dolly creates a lot of noise, which can be disruptive and annoying.
  • It can be difficult to maneuver in tight spaces.
  • The radial dolly is bulky and takes up a lot of space.
  • It can be expensive to purchase or rent.
  • You need to have a strong arm to use it effectively.

Are There Any Alternative Options For A Radial Dolly?

There are definitely alternative options for a radial dolly. One option is to use a pipe or some other cylindrical object as the main shaft and then attach smaller wheels or rollers to it. Another option is to build a simple frame out of wood or metal and then attach either small wheels or skateboard bearings to the frame.

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Whichever option you choose, make sure that the materials you use are strong and durable enough to support the weight of your camera and any other equipment you might be using.

Some Tips For Using A Radial Dolly Effectively

A radial dolly effect can be created by filming from a stationary position and rotating the camera around the subject. This can be done with a regular camera or a motion-controlled system.

Use A Wide Lens

When using a radial dolly, it is important to use a wide lens in order to create a more dramatic effect. This will help emphasize the dolly’s movement and create a more powerful visual impact.

Tight Camera Level Balance

It is important to keep the camera level when using a radial dolly. It is also important to keep the camera’s field of view centered on the subject. Tilting the camera will create an unbalanced look in the final video.

Avoid Shaking Camera

Use a tripod or mount your camera on a solid surface to avoid any camera shake. This will help to keep the shot stable and create a more realistic effect.

Try Different Speeds

Experiment with different speeds to create different effects. Slower speeds will create a more fluid effect, while faster speeds will create a more jarring effect.

Add Extra Effects

When editing, be sure to add in any additional effects that you want to create, such as sound effects or visual effects. With a little creativity, you can create some truly amazing radial dolly shots!

Use A Tripod With A Fluid Head

To create smooth radial dolly shots, it is best to use a tripod with a fluid head. This will allow you to make small adjustments to the camera’s position without jostling the frame.

Consider The Background

It is also important to consider the background when setting up a radial dolly shot. A busy background can be distracting and take away from the effect of the rotating camera. Choose a background that is simple and uncluttered.

Practice Before Attempting

Finally, be sure to practice before attempting a radial dolly shot on actual subjects. This will help you get a feel for how the camera moves and how to keep it level. You can create smooth, professional-looking radial dolly shots with a little practice.

With these tips in mind, you will be able to create stunning shots using a radial dolly. Just remember to have fun and experiment to see what looks best for your project.

Make Some Q&As Together

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Q: What can you use a radial dolly for?

A: Radial dollies can be used for various purposes, including moving heavy items and helping with the stability of your vehicle. When using a radial dolly, make sure that all four wheels are in contact with the ground at all times. This will help to ensure stability and reduce the risk of accidents. Additionally, always use caution when operating a radial dolly around children or pets.

Q: What type of camera equipment can be used with a radial dolly?

A: A radial dolly can be used with a wide variety of camera equipment, including DSLRs, video cameras, and smartphones. In terms of lenses, a radial dolly can be used with anything from a wide-angle lens to a telephoto lens.

A tripod is typically needed for DSLRs to keep the camera steady while shooting. For video cameras, a monopod or tripod can be used, depending on the weight and size of the camera.

Q: What size should the radius be for my radial dolly?

A: The radius of the radial dolly should be at least as large as the widest object you will be moving. For example, if you are moving a stack of boxes that is 3 feet wide, you will need a radial dolly with a radius of at least 3 feet.

Q: Can I use a skateboard as part of my radial dolly build?

A: Yes, a skateboard can be used as part of a radial dolly build, but it is important to make sure that the skateboard is in good condition and that all of the screws and bolts are tightened properly.

In General

The radial dolly is a great way to move large or heavy objects without having to strain yourself. It can be made with simple materials that you may already have lying around your house and is easy to put together. If you need to move something big and don’t want to hassle with trying to carry it, give the radial dolly a try – you will be glad you did! Besides, learning how to make a radial dolly also helps you save a not small amount.

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