Here is the latest find in my quest to find inexpensive ways to build a functioning, complete studio for our video students. It's a simple idea. Create a camera mount that would allow you to use a mic stand. They won't give you the same flexibility as a tripod, but I'm thinking in some cases a camera mounted on a sturdy, single pole might come in handy.
It has also got me to thinking about other things I might attach to a mic stand. Lights? Reflectors? Wind guards? Might have to brave the cold in my garage to see what I can create.
[Image captured from Make: Mic Stand Camera Mount: http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2009/01/diy_mic_stand_camera_mount.html?CMP=OTC-0D6B48984890]