I finally got to the hardware store and bought all the goodies I needed to get my still life stage done. I used the plans from Carol Marines artbyte to know what I needed and the "how to" instructions to construct the shadow box. I found an alternative to the tripod and in its place I bought a Rockwell jawstand metal saw horse. It has a function to go up and down for different height levels and will hold up my shadow box perfectly fine (with a little tweaking on Carols plan). It was around $59 which is a huge savings compared to the tripod that I would have bought. I already had the clip lights and I found creative ways to prop those up. I am so happy with how it turned out! The studio is looking good.