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 dpc
07 Apr 2021, 14:07
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?
Replies: 31
Views: 1227

Re: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?

... but I'd need something that would either grip each side of the smartphone,...
Smartphone Tripod Mount
by dpc
05 Apr 2021, 16:47
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?
Replies: 31
Views: 1227

Re: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?

In the end, it's far more important that the platen panes be 100 deg apart compared to the angle of the cradle. You can make a 90 deg cradle and then put a stick or dowel under the spine of the book to raise it slightly to better match the 100 deg angle of the platen. I think what you want is ACRYLI...
by dpc
02 Apr 2021, 11:52
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?
Replies: 31
Views: 1227

Re: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?

I just read Landin's Instructable to look at his cradle design. All you need to do to support a different angle than 90 deg. is to bend the 90 deg 'L' brackets to whatever angle you decide to use (i.e. 100 deg). You're going to do this for the brackets you use to hold the platen panes together so it...
by dpc
28 Mar 2021, 20:06
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Laser-cut stand to digitize newspapers
Replies: 6
Views: 287

Re: Laser-cut stand to digitize newspapers

Please post an update once you've completed a scanner and worked through all of the kinks. It's helpful for others that visit the site and are looking to solve the same sort of issues (newspapers/posters/large page sizes). Thanks!
by dpc
27 Mar 2021, 19:36
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Laser-cut stand to digitize newspapers
Replies: 6
Views: 287

Re: Laser-cut stand to digitize newspapers

Seems overly complicated for what you need to do. You basically need a copy stand with some way to hold the pages flat. In the simplest case, the camera, and even the lights, could be positioned on tripods instead of the complex system you've shown. That being said, overkill doesn't necessarily hurt...
by dpc
23 Mar 2021, 18:56
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?
Replies: 31
Views: 1227

Re: Archivist Quill Kit Plans vs. Archivist Book Scanner Plans?

Rather than build a scanner large enough to handle that one large book, you might consider scanning that one book manually one page at a time with a single camera on something like a crude copy stand and a build your scanner based on the size of the majority of the books you have to scan. The reason...
by dpc
18 Mar 2021, 18:23
Forum: HELP
Topic: safe hand removal of plastic binder combs
Replies: 7
Views: 519

Re: safe hand removal of plastic binder combs

Since you're only scanning one 100-page book, I'd do it on a flatbed scanner or a copy stand and be done with it. You shouldn't have to remove the spine for this. Since you can open a comb-spined book 360 deg. where it will fold back on itself, you might get away with putting a flat spacer board (I'...
by dpc
12 Feb 2021, 14:39
Forum: R&D and New Technologies
Topic: New scanner by Archive.org?
Replies: 3
Views: 1052

Re: New scanner by Archive.org?

I wonder why Archive.org doesn't want to show TTScribe which is their main scanner now. We can only guess. It may be the scanner that the seasoned page-flipper was more familiar with. That scanner also is more "open" than the TTScribe and makes photographing a person using it somewhat easier. What ...
by dpc
10 Feb 2021, 21:32
Forum: R&D and New Technologies
Topic: New scanner by Archive.org?
Replies: 3
Views: 1052

Re: New scanner by Archive.org?

The scanner used in that video is what the Internet Archive used before they switched to TTScribe. If you look at the page on wikipedia on Book Scanning, there are photos of that scanner there dated from 2011.
by dpc
09 Feb 2021, 12:32
Forum: Lighting
Topic: Recommendation regarding brightness
Replies: 5
Views: 1067

Re: Recommendation regarding brightness

you can compensate to some extent this problem by photographing a flat white sheet.. Yep. That's the technique I use to mitigate that problem. The first photo taken by each camera are of blank reference pages. The post-processing software that I developed does this correction automatically in the b...