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 ssmdiy
13 May 2012, 16:12
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Shankha's 0.9.9 build
Replies: 11
Views: 9633

Re: Shankha's 0.9.9 build

Heelgrasper wrote:Perhaps something like non slip mat would help you ...
That's a fabulous idea! That's why I didn't think of it. I'll give that a try. Thanks!
by ssmdiy
13 May 2012, 15:16
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Differnt text area size in odd and even pages
Replies: 4
Views: 3130

Re: Differnt text area size in odd and even pages

Yes it's the same size in the original text. I did (I thought) do 600dpi for both pages in Scan Tailor. Could it be that if you manually increase the text area in ST (because the automatic method missed part of the text) then it might make the text smaller to keep the same margins for all the pages?
by ssmdiy
13 May 2012, 15:12
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Shankha's 0.9.9 build
Replies: 11
Views: 9633

Re: Shankha's 0.9.9 build

If you have time, could you also comment briefly on how it was to use Rob's shopbot files to cut the part (if that's what you did?)? Rob's shopbot files were excellent. I knew absolutely nothing about how the machine worked. I just took the files and the plywood to the guy and it all came out perfe...
by ssmdiy
13 May 2012, 14:59
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Shankha's 0.9.9 build
Replies: 11
Views: 9633

Re: Shankha's 0.9.9 build

Thanks Daniel and Rob for replying. Re Rob's suggestions about the camera and trigger. I'll have to give that a try. I was thinking that I'd have to adjust the camera to minimize the non-text area that the camera captures. The zoom on the Canons I'm using either gets too much or too little on the pa...
by ssmdiy
13 May 2012, 14:26
Forum: Programs, Software releases, and more.
Topic: Differnt text area size in odd and even pages
Replies: 4
Views: 3130

Differnt text area size in odd and even pages

I'm using Scan Tailor followed by Abbyy and seeing that the text area in the odd pages are larger than the even ones (or vice versa). The output looks as if the even pages are zoomed out more than the odd. I'm using two cameras for the odd and even (they're both the same make and model). Is there a ...
by ssmdiy
12 May 2012, 18:34
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Shankha's 0.9.9 build
Replies: 11
Views: 9633

Shankha's 0.9.9 build

Guys, I finally built my scanner. Just finished my first book. Works absolutely fabulously. Thanks to Rob for answering a few questions and to everyone for their great ideas on the forum. I got it cut by a friend of mine with a Shopbot (he actually works for Shopbot which is based within a few miles...
by ssmdiy
06 Feb 2012, 14:41
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Optimum wood?
Replies: 7
Views: 8908

Re: Optimum wood?

I'm hoping to use plywood or OSB. How thick is it supposed to be?
by ssmdiy
04 Feb 2012, 11:39
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Latest build: one camera or two?
Replies: 1
Views: 1849

Re: Latest build: one camera or two?

OK, never mind. I found Daniel's video of the build and I can see that there are two cameras.
by ssmdiy
04 Feb 2012, 10:17
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Latest build: one camera or two?
Replies: 1
Views: 1849

Latest build: one camera or two?

OK, maybe this is a stupid question - chalk it up to my newness at this. In the latest build by Daniel do we use one camera or two? I'd like to scan one page per image and do it as fast as I can - so that seems to require two cameras. So looking at Daniel's build I see one bicycle trigger mechanism ...
by ssmdiy
03 Feb 2012, 22:03
Forum: Introductions and connections
Topic: Anyone in Chapel Hill, NC?
Replies: 1
Views: 2371

Anyone in Chapel Hill, NC?

Hi there. I'm in Chapel Hill, NC and am very interested in starting on a book scanner project. But I'm not handy with the tools needed (nor have them) and am wondering if there's any other enthusiast out there locally who might be interested in working together. It'll be more fun certainly. Thanks v...