Miscellaneous timelapse

Published on September 15th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Hacked Ikea kitchen timers shoot time lapses

Materials: Ikea Ordning timer

Description: Make a cheap and easy Ikea Time Lapse Panning Unit with the Ikea Ordning for your next photo shoot.

Here are samples of what it does.

See more of the time lapse panning unit

~ Getawaymoments, Florida

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16 Responses to Hacked Ikea kitchen timers shoot time lapses

  1. Chris Holt says:

    Loads of sites say you can’t (must not) try to modify these ordning timers, but there are three great improvements you can make with them in a few seconds. DO NOT try to take the actual ticking mechanism apart, it explodes and you will never fix it!

    1- remove the entire bottom half, making it much smaller and lighter (eg if you want to mount it on a quadcopter or stack them etc). DO NOT TRY TO DO THIS FROM THE TOP! Remove the three screws that are under the foam on the metal base, then slide the metal off. The hole in the plastic base has a screw inside it, take that out and the timer metal box comes out. You can just use the top half of the metal, and mount the puck sized unit on whatever you want

    2 – remove the bell. There are two ways to do this, you can do the first or do both (both stops the annoying rattling when its in your pocket). Either pull the top off the timer (it just slides off) and you can remove the smaller, off centre of the two cogs which is the bell rattler by prying off the metal clip on the top of it (its tougher than you think so beware of bendy knives) and the cog just drops off, or if you really want to remove it you can get to the metal rattler by removing the whole timer FROM THE BOTTOM – follow point one to remove the metal timer box then take the three screws ALSO FROM THE BOTTOM and the timer comes out, and you can snap the bell metal off easily.

    3 – remove the 60 minute limit. To do this you need to remove the bell (point 2) and remove the little L shaped piece of plastic screwed onto the top. Mine runs for 2 hours with no issues, but don’t complain if you spring snaps at some point!

  2. macchia says:

    Fantastic Idea!!! well done

  3. cliff says:

    Upside down would make it go right…

  4. To get a pan right, hang the unit upside-down.
    Then go into the gopro menu and set the camera to record the photos upside-down.
    Pan right!

    Good luck and have fun lapsing!

  5. Marinka says:

    If you turn it upside down, the direction of turning will be the same I think. Am I wrong?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Oh my goodness, surely this is the hack for 2011 !! Your end results are superb. Watch out Sydney, I’m about to start photographing you in a whole new way !

  7. Yes it will run upside down.

    My earlier versions have run underwater

  8. Anonymous says:

    Could you just use the timer up side down?

  9. Fred S says:


  10. Anonymous says:

    This is really sweet! I’m a native Oregonian and love that first video, too!

  11. Anonymous says:

    very creative !

  12. Marinka says:

    Nice hack. I’ve got the same camera, thanks for the idea. Now I only need a hack to make the timer go backwards.

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