Daniel Reetz, the founder of the DIY Book Scanner community, has recently started making videos of prototyping and shop tips. If you are tinkering with a book scanner (or any other project) in your home shop, these tips will come in handy. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0gq8 ... g_8K1nfInQ

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by stevede
27 Dec 2012, 11:55
Forum: Lighting
Topic: Black Velvet
Replies: 4
Views: 7201

Re: Black Velvet

I agree with you regarding black velvet. As I said on my build thread, it's beyond black. The problem with velvet is the cost. In Canada it goes for around 40.00 a yard. It just depends on your level of obsession.
by stevede
18 Mar 2012, 13:27
Forum: Lighting
Topic: Portable Build Lighting Question
Replies: 24
Views: 35756

Re: Portable Build Lighting Question

here's what I just ordered:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dl ... OC:CA:3160

This goes to Canada postage paid and perhaps less risky than the direct Chinese connection.
by stevede
07 Aug 2011, 13:53
Forum: Lighting
Topic: Let's talk about Lighting
Replies: 90
Views: 63946

Re: Let's talk about Lighting

Heat sinks. Finally, at a decent price, if you have patience.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Aluminum-Heatsinks- ... 0678603414
by stevede
10 Jul 2011, 15:57
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Fix Keystoning via hardware adjustments
Replies: 37
Views: 19293

Re: Fix Keystoning via hardware adjustments

Edit:
This is a great subject; (My post didn't belong here and I apologize for wandering off the subject.) Great work, jay.
by stevede
03 Jul 2011, 20:08
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Eye Fi and book scanner
Replies: 5
Views: 5561

Re: Eye Fi and book scanner

you know, I might have been a little hasty when I said that Eye-Fi was not for previews- depends on how fast you want to see them. It turns out that if you choose "Camera settings" for each of your cards, (you have to plug the card into the downloading computer before changes) you can check a box ca...
by stevede
21 Jun 2011, 00:24
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: LC 2000- an easy metal build
Replies: 13
Views: 12597

Re: LC 2000- an easy metal build

The LED s finally arrived and now sit atop a really huge solid copper heat sink. (I thank my brother Jim for the sink) which I cut into 3 pieces with a metal blade on my chop saw. The element of danger attached to this process I can not over emphasize. It does, however work excellently. (As I moved ...
by stevede
23 May 2011, 10:55
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Camera Triggering
Replies: 42
Views: 70950

Re: Camera Triggering

I second that, Clemd. I'd like to add that the VDK timer option allows you to plug in a momentary contact foot switch instead of the timer. Here's one that looks just like the one I found in the garage.... http://cgi.ebay.com/250V-10A-Power-23cm-Cable-Nonslip-Blk-Foot-Pedal-Switch-/270752330488?pt=L...
by stevede
23 May 2011, 09:47
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Gluing the glass platen
Replies: 5
Views: 3973

Re: Gluing the glass platen

Gluing glass or plastic to a rigid frame in the face of mechanical stress is a challenge. Over the long term, most glues will become brittle; they will fracture and fail unless there is a shock absorbing interface. I have used EVA foam which is in running shoes to fill the requirement, but leather, ...
by stevede
19 May 2011, 00:57
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: LC 2000- an easy metal build
Replies: 13
Views: 12597

Re: LC 2000- an easy metal build

While waiting for the LEDs to come in the mail, I decided to change out the cradle bearings. I knew I'd only be happy with the slickness of ball bearings. Luckily, I still had a pair of 12” drawer glides that were too short for the spine but perfect for the cradle. I had to cut the tab from the ri...
by stevede
07 May 2011, 00:39
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: LC 2000- an easy metal build
Replies: 13
Views: 12597

Re: LC 2000- an easy metal build

That's high praise and thanks. To take your comment about inspiration literally, the clues came from those elegant 80/20 builds, which lead me to the 80/20 website. Their samples looked to me for all the world like utility carts. The cradle slides are similar to the slide bearing on my meat slicer. ...